October 11, 2016 11:40 AM EDT

When Miley Cyrus who recently starred in Crisis in Six Scenes, began exploring her own gender and sexuality, she wasn’t going to let anyone put her identity in a box.

In an interview with Variety, Cyrus revealed details about her first relationship, which was with a female. Here are the highlights from the interview.

On not wanting to be defined by one label when it came to her sexuality:

“My whole life, I didn’t understand my own gender and my own sexuality. I always hated the word “bisexual,” because that’s even putting me in a box. I don’t ever think about someone being a boy or someone being a girl.”

On coming to terms with her own sexuality growing up and coming out to her family:

“My eyes started opening in the fifth or sixth grade. My first relationship in my life was with a chick. I grew up in a very religious Southern family. The universe has always given me the power to know I’ll be OK. Even at that time, when my parents didn’t understand, I just felt that one day they are going to understand.”

On identifying as pansexual:

“I never related to loving being a girl. And then, being a boy didn’t sound fun to me. I think the LGBTQ alphabet could continue forever. But there’s a “P” that should happen, for ‘pansexual’…once I understood my gender more, which was unassigned, then I understood my sexuality more. I was like, “Oh — that’s why I don’t feel straight and I don’t feel gay. It’s because I’m not.”

Read the full interview at Variety.

Write to Cady Lang at cady.lang@timemagazine.com.

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