Miley Cyrus has announced she is leaving the Disney show Hannah Montana because she has "grown out" of it.
The 17-year-old star plans instead to pursue her pop career full-time.
Cyrus - who has earned Disney over US$746 million in the role - said: "I
won't have this mould they want me to fit into. I can just be who I
want to be. When I was 12 I thought, 'I want to be famous all the
time. I want everybody to recognise me'. But as I've grown into Hannah
Montana I've also grown out of her.
"I'm going to rejoice and be happy to finally not have to be somebody
I'm not. Now that I'm older, people can say what they want and I'm
Her decision follows Miley being named Favourite Movie Actress at the
Nickelodeon 23rd Annual Kids' Choice Awards on Saturday.
She was honoured for her role in the Hannah Montana movie at the
ceremony at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles and fought off stiff
competition from Miranda Cosgrove, Selena Gomez and Keke Palmer to win the accolade.
Miley was handed her award by Katy Perry shortly after she'd been
sprayed with green gunge.
The singer – who went to the podium with actor Jonah Hill to present
the award – opened the box to announce Miley as the winner when the
famous gunge exploded onto her face.
Katy said: "I can't see anything. Why does it taste like boogers?"
Other winners included Taylor Lautner, who was named Favourite Movie
Actor for his role as werewolf Jacob Black in the hugely successful
Twilight movies, while his ex-girlfriend Taylor Swift won the
Favourite Female Artist award ahead of Beyonce Knowles, Miley Cyrus
and Lady Gaga.
- BANG! SHOWBIZ