Following the break-up, Miley enjoyed a rebound relationship with reality star Kaitlynn Carter before moving on with singer Cody Simpson - with whom she recently split after 10 months together.
Speaking to Zane Lowe on Apple Music while promoting her new single "Midnight Sky", Miley admitted, "I went through an extremely public breakup and, even more than that, a divorce, and with someone that I had been with for 10 years."
"That narrative and that experience of ten years was told for me by one day from the eyes of a helicopter," she explained. "I felt kind of villainised. I also felt like I kind of shut down, because it was kind of, respectfully, below me to engage with the press and the media at that time."
Instead, the star has channelled her emotions into new music, telling Lowe, "I had to kind of be human and experience and grow, but then I wanted to tell it directly from my mouth and not from the idea of the public perception, because my story throughout my career has been told through the public perception a lot."
"I think I just want to regain that power," she added. "I think a lot of women are doing that now."
Consequently, the "Wrecking Ball" star hinted she's ditched her plan for a trilogy of EPs, beginning with last year's (19) "She Is Coming", as "it doesn't make sense for me to try to wrap up that big of a body of time in just a few songs."
Instead, she's focussing on standalone singles because they "allow you to talk to your fans in real time... I feel something. I experience it. I write it. I release it."