She is also the older sister of actress Noah Cyrus.
Miley Cyrus is the daughter of country singer Billy Ray Cyrus and his wife Tish. She has 5 siblings - two half-brothers, a half-sister and a younger brother, Thomas Cyrus, and sister, Anne Cyrus. Her birth name is Destiny Hope, given to her by her parents who hoped she would achieve greatness. Her childhood nickname was Smiley, as she had a cheerful disposition which was eventually shortened to Miley.
She was initially educated at Heritage Elementary School in Tennessee. When she turned eight, her family moved to Toronto, Canada where her father Billy Ray took a role in the TV series "Doc" (2001). It was around this time that Miley decided she wanted to act too. Her first role came alongside her father in "Doc" (2001). She also scored a small role in Tim Burton's Big Fish (2003).
In 2005, Miley was cast as the lead in the Disney series Hannah Montana (2006), about a teen leading a double life as a pop star. Again her father acted alongside her. The show was a smash and lead to hit records, sell-out tours and merchandising deals. She became a teen superstar. Following the success of Hannah Montana (2006), she became primarily known as a singer. She also made the move into other roles - including playing Ronnie Miller in The Last Song (2010), Lola in LOL (2012) alongside Demi Moore, and as Molly Morris/Brooke Stonebridge in So Undercover (2012).
She was romantically linked with Liam Hemsworth from 2009 - 2013. Three years after their breakup, they got back together in 2016, and Cyrus later revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in October that they are engaged.
On August 25, 2013, Miley released Bangerz second single "Wrecking Ball", which became her first no. 1 hit in America. She has released several singles since then, and has generally adopted a new image as well.
Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz is her fifth studio album, which was independently released for free online streaming on SoundCloud on August 30, 2015.
She was raised Christian and was baptized in a Southern Baptist church prior to moving to Hollywood in 2005 She attended church regularly while growing up and wore a purity ring. When she was age 15, Discordians Pope Hilde and Reverend Loveshade started the "Is Miley Ray Cyrus a Discordian?" campaign also known as MileyGASM. Miley was later named a Discordian American Princess with the Discordian name of Smiley Day Eris, and released the song "23" which is a primary Discordian number.