On March 24, 2006, Hannah Montana premiered on Disney Channel, introducing young fans to a regular teenage girl who was an international pop star by night. 15 years have passed and the series is still enjoyed by many fans, especially now that it's available to stream. Miley Cyrus, who once played Miley Stewart a.k.a. Hannah Montana, penned an emotional letter to the character who will always be in her heart, and she even got a response from the official account.
In a handwritten letter posted to Twitter, Miley Cyrus recalled her life 15 years, including the blonde bangs that covered her forehead to secure her identity. Cyrus recently spoke out about the struggles she had living with her Hannah fame once the series came to an end and how her Bangerz album related to the show’s concept about her identity. In her letter, the singer reflected on wearing her pink cloth robe with a bedazzled HM over her heart, which is where the character will forever be:
I didn’t know then… that is where you would live forever. Not just in mine but millions of people around the world. 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 glove than I did in my bare hands.
Miley Cyrus also talked about the firsts Hannah experienced with her and all of her ups and downs, from her “pappy” passing away before the series premiered to her first love to starting her period while wearing white capris. She also mentions the friends she’s made because of the series, saying that Emily Osment, Mitchel Musso and Jason Earles are like her family and she was seeing them more than her own, minus her dad.
The actress then looked back at Hannah Montana’s ending and how the finale was appropriately titled “Wherever I Go,” after a final song by the teen pop sensation. With this Miley Cyrus “tells” Hannah exactly how she feels with the help of the song lyrics:
Hannah, I hope you hear me + believe those words are true. You have all my love + upmost gratitude. Breathing life into you for those 6 years was an honor. I am indebted not only to you Hannah but to any + everyone who believed in me from the beginning. You all have my loyalty + deepest appreciation until the end. With all sincerity I say THANK YOU!
An official Hannah Montana account was recently created to honor the show’s 15th anniversary, much to fans’ delights. After the star posted her emotional letter, the account responded, with a pretty sweet message for Miley Cyrus. Whether or not the interactions will continue on the account, it brought fans back to 2006 very quickly. Check out the post for yourself down below:
While it may seem like it was just yesterday that Hannah Montana premiered, in conjunction with the premiere of the Disney Channel Original Movie Cowbelles starring sister duo Aly & AJ, it really has been 15 years since the world began watching Miley Stewart living a double life. Thanks to Disney+, fans can still rewatch all four seasons of the series, and get the songs stuck in their heads all over again.