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If you can look past the fact that twerking in a flesh colored bathing suit has landed Miley Cyrus a spot on Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the things MC revealed in her interview.

Everyone’s favorite nipple enthusiast opened up about her very public split from fiance Liam Hemsworth, and she sounds weirdly mature and healthy about it. Cyrus says that being single has allowed her to “finally feel happy,” and discusses her reasons for staying with Hemsworth even when she knew their relationship was souring:

I was so scared of ever being alone, and I think conquering that fear this year was actually bigger than any other transition that I had this entire year. I don’t ever want to have to need someone again where you feel like, without them, you can’t be yourself.

Man, do I understand that. Young adulthood can be so lonely that it’s easy to suction yourself to another person and form your whole identity around being half of a pair– and I can’t even imagine how much more stressful and isolating it would be to go through that shitty stage of life in the public eye. I would probably do the same thing. In fact, I would definitely do the same thing if a Hemsworth were offering to go out with me.

But don’t worry– she still gets the chance to deliver some Miley-tastic soundbites. She goes on to talk about “fat rocks,” because of course she does:

I don’t think I realized what 19 truly is, and I got engaged at 19 and I definitely wouldn’t change being engaged. It was so fun wearing a fat rock for a few years. But now… I wait for those moments of silence, when I’m just at my house by myself.

Good for you, girl. It takes a lot of maturity to admit that you didn’t know what the hell you were doing just two years ago. Maybe someday a classy and well-dressed 30-year-old Miley will give long interviews apologizing for how she used to appropriate symbols of oppressed cultures and had a habit of using derogatory slurs for transgender people. It’s possible.

Via E! Online / Photo: Getty