Noah Cyrus Says It Was ‘Really Tough’ Growing Up As Miley Cyrus’ Younger Sister
The new track, which Noah dropped on Friday, includes the lyrics, “My sister’s like sunshine, bringing good light wherever she’ll go/ and I was born to rain clouds, blessed in her shadows.”
Noah explained the meaning behind the song during an Instagram Live on Saturday. She broke down in tears revealing the criticism she got from her family when she was younger.
“I think just the message in the second verse, being born in the family I was in, everyone gave me such a hard time for having a hard time being Miley’s little sister,” she explained. “But you know, I always felt like I was that person that no one gave a s— about due to what people said to me online.”
“It was absolutely unbearable,” Noah said. “And that’s why I write, ‘My sister’s like sunshine, bringing good light wherever she’ll go/and I was born to rain clouds, blessed in her shadows.’ Because, that’s why everybody always says to me, that no matter what, I was going to be in that shadow.”
Noah said that she “always believed” she would stay in her sister’s shadow, which was difficult for her to overcome.
“That was something I heard my whole life, every single day, my whole life. It was either that or that I wasn’t enough in some way, whether it was the way I look or the way I am. Like I said the other day, sometimes I feel like I don’t even breathe right sometimes,” she shared.
“Basically, that is what the song is about, and I just wanted to open up about that once and for all, because that’s been a big part of my life, and I probably won’t talk about it anymore. I just wanted to put it out,” she continued.
“Everybody always says you’re giving the people power by seeing it, but I can’t control seeing it,” Noah added. “You guys are young, you know the internet. It’s been really tough on me, so that song is just pretty tough to get through.”
During a 2017 podcast with Elvis Duran, Miley said she hopes that Noah stays her authentic self and offered some advice to her younger sister who has been open about struggling with anxiety and depression for years.
“I always tell Noah, keep your Instagram comments turned off,” Miley said. “Never read anything that anyone says about you. Don’t Google yourself.”