Miley Cyrus Just Revealed That She "Didn't Make A Dime" From Her "Bangerz" Tour Even Though It Grossed $63 Million

"Everyone kept saying: 'Why are you doing this? You're going to do, like, 100 shows and you're not going to make any money?' I said: 'There's noone I would rather invest in than myself.'"

Back in 2013, Miley Cyrus famously rebelled against her squeaky clean Disney star image with her studio album Bangerz.

closeup of miley with short hair during the bangerz era

This time in her career is now looked back on as her "Bangerz era," and coincides with many of Miley's biggest controversies — like when she twerked on Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards, and her infamous naked music video for "Wrecking Ball."

miley twerking on robin on stage

This era culminated with her iconic 2014 tour, which was named after the album and heavily leaned into her newly established wild public persona.

closeup of miley singing on stage

This included Miley entering the stage by sliding down a giant replica of her tongue after she became renowned for sticking her tongue out and even licking a hammer in her music video.

miley at the top of her tongue slide

And although Miley's huge change in direction drew heavy criticism from parents and her former Disney channel fans, the Bangerz tour was a huge success. In fact, it was the 16th highest-grossing tour of the year and earned a reported $62.9 million.

miley singing in the back of a car on stage

However, Miley has now revealed that she "didn't make a dime" from it.

miley dancing on stage

Last month, on the 10-year anniversary of her VMA performance, Miley released her new song "Used to Be Young," which is a celebration of her controversial past. She coincided this with a "Used to Be Young" TikTok series, where she reflects on moments from her career so far and offers fans insider insight.

closeup of miley with a city behind her

In the latest episode of the series, which was released on Sunday, Miley looked back at the Bangerz tour and revealed that she "paid for it all" herself because she didn't want to compromise on what she believed the fans deserved.

miley with dancers on stage

Miley also said that her vision for the tour was so "outlandish" that she received little outside support, and many were left baffled that she was willing to embark on a 78-date tour even though it wasn't going to make her any money.

miley throwing money on stage

Speaking in the TikTok video, Miley said: "The Bangerz tour was an investment in myself. A lot of the ideas were kind of so outlandish that noone really wanted to support me in making these pieces. I had big puppets, oversized beds, I came out of my own face, on my tongue."

miley talking about the tour

"I wanted to end it with a Truman Show reference," the star went on to explain. "So I flew out on a giant hotdog, obviously, and I left through all the clouds and the exit sign like Jim Carrey does. Because I felt like The Truman Show was really a reflection of my life."

miley sitting on a large hot dog

Getting into the financial side of things, Miley then shared: "I didn't make a dime on this tour because I wanted the tour to be excellent. And when everyone kept saying: 'Why are you doing this? You’re going to do, like, 100 shows and you're not going to make any money?' I said: 'There's no one I would rather invest in than myself.'"

miley sitting on a car on stage

"So I paid for it all to make it exactly what I thought I, and the fans, deserve," she concluded.


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Miley's revelation comes shortly after she admitted that touring isn't "healthy" for her. She said at the time: "The show is only 90 minutes, but that's your life. If you're performing at a certain level of intensity and excellence, there should be an equal amount of recovery and rest."

miley singing on stage

She went on to explain that she felt like her "ego" gets "overused" when she is on tour and that "it's hard to turn it off." Miley added: "I think when you're training your ego every single night to be active, that's the hardest switch, for me, to turn off. Having every day the relationship between you and other humans be subject and observer isn't healthy for me because it erases my humanity and my connection."

closeup of miley smiling

And this wasn't the first time that Miley had shared her views on touring either, with the star telling British Vogue earlier this year: "Singing for hundreds of thousands of people isn’t really the thing that I love. There’s no connection. There’s no safety.”

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