The singer, 27, said that critics compared her to a 'turkey' after she performed wearing latex underwear at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2013.
At the time Miley's image was carefree and unapologetic, so she said her decision to stop wearing scanty clothing made her feel like a 'fraud' to her fanbase.
Miley opened up about her body struggles during a live stream with Demi Lovato called Bright Minded, which aims to bring fans light amid the coronavirus pandemic.
She admitted: 'I basically went through two or three years where I wouldn't wear shorts. I stopped wearing skirts on stage, all this s**t, because after the VMAs and I had on my cute new bodysuit, everyone started comparing me to a turkey.
The Wrecking Ball hitmaker added: 'I was like just so skinny and so pasty and they kept putting me next to this turkey, and I was feeling so bad about myself that I did not wear a bikini for like two years.'
Miley confessed that the cruel jibes 'really affected her personal life' following her performance alongside Robin Thicke in latex underwear, after arriving at the event wearing a fuzzy bodysuit.
She said: 'No one thought that that would've ever made me feel some type of way.
Discussing the memes that were created of her next to a Turkey, she added: 'It was just really really hurtful to be so body-shamed like that. And it really affected me in my personal life.' (Wed 18)
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