In a candid new interview with Paper
magazine, the "We Can't Stop" singer recalls telling her mother, Tish Cyrus, about her "fluid" sexuality when she was 14 years old. Miley, now 22, would've still been filming her hit Disney show
, Hannah Montana
, at the time.
"I remember telling her I admire women in a different way," Miley reveals. "And she asked me what that meant. And I said, I love them. I love them like I love boys."
At first, the always outspoken star says it was hard for her mother (she later lovingly calls her parents "conservative-ass motherf**kers) to understand.
"She didn't want me to be judged and she didn't want me to go to hell," she explains. "But she believes in me more than she believes in any god. I just asked for her to accept me. And she has."
"I've had that, but people never really looked at it, and I never brought it into the spotlight," she explains. "I am literally open to every single thing that is consenting and doesn't involve an animal and everyone is of age. Everything that's legal, I'm down with. Yo, I'm down with any adult -- anyone over the age of 18 who is down to love me. I don't relate to being boy or girl, and I don't have to have my partner relate to boy or girl."
The former Disney star also proves she still has the ability to shock in the accompanying Paper mag photoshoot shot by photographer Paola Kudacki, in which she rocks body paint and not much else.
Warning, the photos below are very NSFW.
Paper's Chief Creative Officer, Drew Elliott, recently talked to ET about the sure-to-be controversial photoshoot.
"Miley is so comfortable in her skin," Elliott said. "She was naked the entire shoot -- body painting to throwing her in a baby pool full of mud with her pig -- she goes there. It was very open and free, and she's a performer. She takes you right there every time."