Miley Cyrus explained her decision to stop touring in a new video clip shared on TikTok.
She said that performing on stage fosters a dynamic of "subject and observer," which isn't "healthy" for her.
"It erases my humanity and my connection," she said.
Miley Cyrus opened up about her decision to stop touring and why life on the road is "unhealthy."
The video series, inspired by her latest single "Used to Be Young," sees Cyrus delving into her past and exploring her evolution in the public eye.
"The show is only 90 minutes but that's your life," she said in the clip, which was shared on TikTok. "If you're performing at a certain level of intensity and excellence, there should be an equal amount of recovery and rest."
Cyrus explained that performing live is all about "training your ego" to be "active," and it's difficult for her to "turn it off."
"Having every day the relationship between you and other humans being subject and observer isn't healthy for me, because it erases my humanity and my connection, and without my humanity, my connection, I can't be a songwriter, which is my priority," Cyrus said.
Cyrus embarked on her first blockbuster tour in 2007 when she was just 14 years old.
As a young tween, Cyrus was cast as the lead on Disney Channel's "Hannah Montana." Following the show's runaway success, she performed as her fictional alter-ego during the Best of Both Worlds Tour, which included 71 stops across the US and Canada.
Cyrus hasn't done a large-scale arena show since the Bangerz Tour in 2014, although she did book smaller venues in 2015 to support her fifth album, "Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz."
In the years since, Cyrus has only performed one-off shows and headlined festivals, including Glastonbury and Lollapalooza.
Following the March release of her eighth album, "Endless Summer Vacation," fans were clamoring for a new round of tour dates — especially now that the industry is back in full swing post-pandemic, with stars like Taylor Swift and Beyoncé performing for sold-out stadiums.
But instead, Cyrus shocked fans when she implied she was finished with touring for good.
"I can't. Not only 'can't,' because can't is your capability, but my desire," she told British Vogue. "Do I want to live my life for anyone else's pleasure or fulfillment other than my own?"
"Singing for hundreds of thousands of people isn't really the thing that I love," she added. "There's no connection. There's no safety."
After the interview was published in May, Cyrus clarified her comments in an open letter to fans.
"This has nothing to do with a lack of appreciation for the fans & everything to do with I simply don't want to get ready in a locker room. Which is the reality of life on the road," she wrote. "I just don't want to sleep on a moving bus. It isn't what's best for me right NOW, & if you've been following my career you know that I always change and the way I feel about that could too."
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