And the best part? Her alter ego on screen actually responded to her letter!
On Wednesday, 28-year-old Miley Cyrus celebrated the 15th anniversary of Hannah Montana by looking back at her time “enjoying the best of both worlds.” Cyrus, who first played the titular character in the Disney Channel series when she was 12, paid tribute to her alter ago on Twitter by penning a heartfelt note.
“Although you are considered to be an “alter ego” in reality there was a time in my life when you held more of my identity in your glovette than I did in my bare hands,” Cyrus wrote to her country-singing Disney character. “You were like a rocket that flew me to the moon and never brought me back down.”
In her note, Cyrus also recalls the grief she felt when she lost her grandfather while filming the show’s first season, and the pride he said he felt upon seeing the show’s first commercial during the premiere of High School Musical back in 2006. She also recalls how her grandmother ran her fan club, MileyWorld, “out of the dressing room kitchen I shared with my dad until our last day in 2011.”
She also looked back at the close friends she made on set, including co-stars Emily Osment, Mitchell Musso, and Jason Earles who all became her family during the show’s run.
“Breathing life into you for those 6 years was an honor. I am indebted not only to you Hannah but to any and everyone who believed in me from the beginning. You all have my loyalty and deepest appreciation until the end. With all sincerity I say THANK YOU!” Cyrus wrote to her teen superstar persona.
Then, mere minutes after Cyrus posted her ode on stationery, the pop star herself gave a response, saying that “it’s only been a decade.”
This is definitely a more fitting ode than the one Cyrus gave back in 2016 during the show’s 10th anniversary when she claimed that her blonde character is “chopped up” and “buried” in her backyard.
Hannah Montana features Cyrus as Miley Stewart who keeps her superstar persona a secret to the world. Running from 2006 to 2011, the show also starred Cyrus’ real-life father, Billy Ray Cyrus, who also played her on-screen father.