Miley Cyrus and Fans Get Nostalgic, Reflecting on 15 Years of 'Hannah Montana'

Throughout her career, Miley Cyrus has changed her style and musical genre on a number of occasions, performing pop, rock, country and rap music, but many of her fans still remember her constantly switching between her characters Miley Stewart and the pop star alter ego Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel show of the same name. Reflecting on the sitcom's debut episode, which aired 15 years ago, Cyrus penned a letter to her former character.

After debuting in March 2006, Hannah Montana ran for four seasons, concluding in January 2011. Besides the Plastic Hearts singer, the show also starred her father, "Achy Breaky Heart" singer Billy Ray Cyrus.

Cyrus tweeted the letter to Hannah, discussing many of the experiences she had on the show, including taping an audition in Nashville, driving to work with her dad and grandmother, and "falling in love for the first time."

Dear @HannahMontana, I still love you 15 years later. #HMForever

— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) March 24, 2021

"You were like a rocket that flew me to the moon [and] never let me back down," Cyrus wrote on a glittery piece of Hannah Montana stationery. "You have all my love [and] upmost gratitude. Breathing life into you for those 6 years was an honor. I am indebted not only to you Hannah but to anyone [and] everyone who believed in me from the beginning."

In a touching memory, Cyrus also recounted her grandfather, who died before the premiere, seeing a commercial for Hannah Montana and calling it "one of the proudest moments of his life." Cyrus also said she was honored to "carry his name besides my dads [sic] through every credit."

Cyrus also thanked the team and her family for the support they offered her while making the show. She ended the note by calling the character "the greatest gift a girl could ask for."

While many fans celebrated Hannah Montana's 15th anniversary, some who have followed Cyrus' career also saw the letter as a moment of immense growth for the 28-year-old singer. A few others were simply moved by Cyrus' heartfelt tribute to her former alter ego.

Miley Cyrus wrote a love letter to Hannah Montana and obviously my favorite line is: "Although you are considered to be an 'alter ego' in reality there was a time in my life when you held more of my identity in your glovette than I did in my bare hands."

— Harry Hill (@veryharryhill) March 24, 2021

i am casually bawling my eyes out. #HMforever

— Zach Sang (@zachsang) March 24, 2021

I'll never forget you, Bucky Kentucky.

— Sarah Bahr (@smbahr14) March 24, 2021

miley struggled with hannah's persona for years, trying to find her true self in all those costumes and wigs and then breaking away from that image and rebelling against it in a way. it's beautiful to watch her embrace her past and coming to terms with it ❤️

— gui 〄 (@ElectricGagax) March 24, 2021

this is more than a letter just for the anniversary; she struggled for years trying to be at peace with her past self; she went from rebelling against hannah and disney; to changing into different personalities to finally being at peace and embracing her past; im so proud

— sehar⁴ | 15 YEARS OF HANNAH MONTANA✨ (@mileyqueenley) March 24, 2021

Some people also simply reflected on their own nostalgia for Hannah Montana to celebrate the anniversary of the show's debut.

Hannah Montana turns 15 today which means that my grudge from my mom not letting me go to the Hannah Montana concert is officially my longest relationship

— Betches (@betchesluvthis) March 24, 2021

How it started vs how it’s going
🌟Hannah Montana edition🌟

— rosie ✨ #1 hannah stan ✨ (@mileychronology) March 24, 2021

Cyrus did receive one very noteworthy reply: a verified Hannah Montana Twitter account quote-tweeted her letter. "Nice to hear from you @MileyCyrus. It's only been a decade," the account said.

Nice to hear from you @MileyCyrus. It’s only been a decade.

— Hannah Montana (@hannahmontana) March 24, 2021

While there's nothing definite, the response did appear to get some fans excited for the possibility of a Hannah Montana reboot, but this does appear to just be fan speculation and high hopes. One person did use the opportunity to call for other Disney Channel reboots as well, including The Suite Life of Zack and Cody and That's So Raven.


— Kalen Allen (@TheKalenAllen) March 24, 2021

Y’all, is this what I think it is? Hannah Montana reboot?? 🤔🤩

— Melissa 🧜🏻‍♀️ (@m3rmaidm3lissa) March 24, 2021

If you’re gonna reboot that, you also have to reboot ‘em all

— Abby Barr (@1AbbyRoad) March 24, 2021

Newsweek has reached out to contacts for Miley Cyrus for comment, who referred to the letter.

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Singer Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana performs at Hollywood & Highland on June 26, 2007 in Los Angeles. Reflecting on the debut episode of "Hannah Montana," which aired 15 years ago, Cyrus penned a letter to her former character. Noel Vasquez/Getty Images