Miley Cyrus responds to LGBTQ backlash after saying 'You don't have to be gay'

Albertina Lloyd
Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UK

Miley Cyrus has tried to win back the LGBTQ community after sparking fury by telling fans, “You don’t have to be gay”.

The 26-year-old singer - who came out as bisexual four years ago and recently announced she is dating Australian musician Cody Simpson - is facing a backlash after she commented on social media, “I always thought I had to be gay, because I thought all guys were evil, but it's not true.”

Cyrus tried to make amends, saying: “I was talking s**t about sucky guys, but let me be clear, YOU don't CHOOSE your sexuality. You are born as you are. It has always been my priority to protect the LGBTQ community I am a part of.”

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(Credit: Miley Cyrus/Twitter)

The Wrecking Ball singer - who in August this year announced her split from husband Liam Hemsworth after a 10 year on-off relationship - upset the LGBTQ community with her apparent swipe at ex Hemsworth, 29, on Instagram at the weekend.

She said: “There are good men out there, guys, don't give up. You don't have to be gay, there are good people with d**ks out there, you've just got to find them. You've got to find a d**k that's not a d**k, you know.

Miley Cyrus and Kaitlynn Carter dated briefly over the summer (Credit: AP)

“I always thought I had to be gay, because I thought all guys were evil, but it's not true. There are good people out there that just happen to have d**ks. I've only ever met one, and he's on this live.”

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Cyrus and Simpson, 22, announced earlier this month that they are in a "passionate" relationship after being friends for years. The couple took part in a split-screen Instagram Live session during which they confirmed they have moved in together.

The former child star briefly dated Kaitlynn Carter, 31, estranged wife of Brody Jenner over the summer, following her split from Hemsworth.

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