On Friday, pop sensation Miley Cyrus unveiled a new single, an emotional ballad titled “Used to Be Young.”
This song takes listeners on a journey reminiscent of her days on Disney Channel’s “Hannah Montana” and her experiences as a young, aspiring star, while also serving as a heartfelt tribute to her complex and evolving journey through life.
Cyrus released a music video to accompany the song, in which she is seen elegantly sporting a Mickey Mouse T-shirt beneath a glimmering red bustier top— a subtle homage to her time on Disney Channel.
With tears in her eyes, the former child star gazes directly into the camera as she pours her heart into lyrics that delve into her past.
“I know I used to be crazy / I know I used to be fun / You say I used to be wild / I say I used to be young.”
Cyrus continues, “You tell me time has done changed me / That’s fine, I’ve had a good run / I know I used to be crazy / That’s cause I used to be young.”
Following the midnight release of the song, the singer candidly shared insights into the inspiration behind the track.
“This song is about honoring who we’ve been, loving who we are & celebrating who we will become. I feel proud when reflecting on my past and joyful when thinking about the future,” Cyrus wrote in an Instagram post. “I am grateful to my loyal fans who make my dreams a reality daily. I am sincerely thankful for the stability of your steadfast support. This song is for you. Truly, Miley.”
“Used to Be Young” represents Cyrus’ first single release following the launch of her album “Endless Summer Vacation” in March, which included her chart-topping track “Flowers.”
The unveiling of this new song also aligns with the release of an enhanced edition of her Disney+ special, titled “Endless Summer Vacation: Continued (Backyard Sessions),” previously released earlier this year. Following its broadcast on ABC Thursday night, the show is now accessible for streaming on Hulu.