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Miley Cyrus: “I am standing in solidarity with everyone in Ukraine”

Cyrus filmed 'Nothing Breaks Like A Heart' in Kyiv in 2019

By Charlotte Krol

Miley Cyrus performs live at Primavera Festival in 2019
Miley Cyrus (Picture: Wikimedia Commons/Raph_PH)

Miley Cyrus has voiced her support for the people of Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion of the country yesterday (February 24).

The pop star filmed the music video for her Mark Ronson collaboration ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’ in the nation’s capital of Kyiv in 2019, and reflected on how welcomed she was to the city.

“This morning was heartbreaking waking up to the news that Ukraine had been invaded,” Cyrus wrote online. “I had the most incredible experience filming ‘Nothing Breaks Like A Heart’ in Kyiv and will be forever grateful to the local community who welcomed me with open arms.”

She continued: “There are local reports that at least 40 Ukrainians have been killed already, and this conflict can lead to many more deaths, another refugee crisis with so many forced to flee their homes and more.

“I am standing in solidarity with everyone in Ukraine who is affected by this attack and with our global community who is calling for an immediate end to this violence.”

Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky said on Thursday night that 137 civilians and military personnel had been killed, with 316 wounded.

Russian troops have today (February 25) arrived in the northern district of Obolonsky, on the outskirts of Kyiv, with explosions and gunfire being heard from the city centre.

Meanwhile, Cyrus responded recently to claims that she sings in a low voice, making her “sound like a man”. Speaking to Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich in a piece for Interview Magazine, the singer spoke about being criticised for not being able to hit higher notes in her songs.

Discussing her cover of Metallica’s track ‘Nothing Else Matters’ from the tribute album, and first covered in her 2019 Glastonbury set, Cyrus spoke about singing in a lower voice for the track.

“I even went down to some of those octaves, because singing those super-low lead vocals is so satisfying,” she said.

“My whole life, whether in vocal training or just continuing to hone my craft, it’s always been about, ‘Why do you sound like a man? Where’s your fucking falsetto, bitch? Why can’t you sing the high octave of ‘Party in the U.S.A.’ anymore?’ In this song, I get to sing in that low register, and I get to live in that authentic, genuine sound.

“My voice is how I represent myself. It’s how I express myself.” She added that she was “honoured” by the fact that she didn’t have to sing the song “in the way females are ‘supposed’ to sing”.