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Updated on Oct 22, 2019. Posted on Oct 21, 2019

Miley Cyrus Is Receiving Backlash After Telling Women They "Don't Have To Be Gay" Because There Are "Good Men Out There"

"There are good men out there, guys, don't give up. You don't have to be gay."

Miley Cyrus has always been open about her sexuality.

In February — two months into her marriage to Liam Hemsworth — Miley opened up to Vanity Fair about the importance of her identity as a queer woman while in a heterosexual relationship.

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"A big part of my pride and my identity is being a queer person," she told the magazine. "What I preach is: People fall in love with people, not gender, not looks, not whatever."

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"What I'm in love with exists on almost a spiritual level. It has nothing to do with sexuality," Miley continued. "Like, who gives a fuck if he’s a guy, if I’m a girl, or if he was a woman — who gives a fuck?"

She expanded on those comments in an interview with Elle in July, saying while she was in a relationship with a man, she was still "very sexually attracted to women".

"People become vegetarian for health reasons, but bacon is still fucking good," she said.

But Miley has caused some controversy with comments about her sexuality during a recent Instagram Live.

During a joint livestream with her new boyfriend, Cody Simpson, on Sunday, Miley told the audience that they "don't have to be gay" because "there are good men out there".

When Cody laughed and repeated her "don't have to be gay" comment, Miley replied, "I always thought I had to be gay, because I just thought all guys are evil, but that's not true."

“Don’t give up, you don’t have to be gay, there are good dicks out there, you just have to find them” “I always thought I had to be gay because all guys are evil but that’s not true” - @MileyCyrus what's good?

"There are good people out there that just happen to have dicks," she continued. "I've only ever met one, and he's on this live."

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A lot of people aren't happy with Miley's comments, which they say are "insulting" towards gay and bisexual women.

Miley, this is so not it. Women don’t “have to be gay” because they “can’t find a good person with a d*ck”. Don’t use the queer community as a stop-gap because you couldn’t find a boyfriend. People aren’t queer because they “gave up” on men. This is so insulting.

"Miley is one of the last ones I could've thought of to try and invalidate queer women," one person said.

from all the people in the world who could say this, miley is one of the last ones I could've thought of to try and invalidate queer women

And plenty said Miley's comments gave the impression that she believes being gay is a choice.

did miley cyrus just say with her whole chest “you don’t have to be gay there are good guys out there” like being gay is a choice i-

miley really said “you don’t have to be gay there are good guys out there” like it’s a choice???

Others said they believed Miley was just joking, and pointed out that she's done a lot of work to support the LGBT community in the past.

miley mentions shes gay 38 times per interview they literally asked her about her marriage to liam and her reply was “its cool but im still gay” and u stupid bitches wanna talk about internalized biphobia and drag her for a JOKE about her own sexuality

@alIcaughtup She was joking, she's literally pansexual and has an entire foundation dedicated to homeless LGBTQ teens

"She was joking I'm pretty sure," one person wrote. "But she shouldn't have said it regardless."

@bljcmie @MileyCyrus she was joking i'm pretty sure but yeah she shouldn't have said it regardless.

A representative for Miley Cyrus has been contacted for comment.

Ellie Bate is a celebrity reporter and talent coordinator at BuzzFeed UK and is based in London.

Contact Ellie Bate at eleanor.bate@buzzfeed.com.

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