Miley Cyrus lived the best of both worlds as Hannah Montana for six years when the teen sitcom ran on Disney Channel, and 15 years later, she's saying thank you to her alter ego.
The 28-year-old singer penned a handwritten letter on Wednesday's (March 24) 15th anniversary of Hannah Montana, recalling the show's very first and last episodes and cherishing all the memories that happened in between, on a star-adorned sheet of pink paper with a sparkly purple border that hearkened back to the show's aesthetic.
"Hi Hannah, It's been a while. 15 years to be exact. Since the first time I slid those blonde bangs over my forehead in the best attempt to conceal my identity. Then slipped into a puke pink terry cloth robe with a bedazzled HM over the [heart]," Cyrus writes, describing the first scene of the pilot episode, which aired on Disney Channel on March 24, 2006. "I didn't know then ... that is where you would live forever. Not just in mine but millions of people around the world."
The show opened to the highest ratings in the channel’s history, with 5.4 million viewers. Despite the show's premise of a Malibu teenager named Miley Stewart living a double life as a student by day and pop star by night, Cyrus wrote that Hannah served as more than her alter-ego, and she once even considered her to hold "more of my identity in your glovette than I did in my bare hands. We had an equal exchange in which you provided a superlative amount of fame in return for the anonymity I could gift to you."
"The final episode was appropriately titled 'Wherever I Go' after a song by the teen pop sensation herself. YOU. Me? Hannah Montana," the letter continues on its second page. "The first verse sings 'Everything is about to change. A chapter ending but the stories only just begun. A page is turning for everyone.' And closes on a soaring chorus belting 'We might be apart but I hope you always know you'll be with me wherever I go.' Hannah, I hope you hear me + believe those words are true. You have all my love + upmost gratitude. Breathing life into you for those 6 years was an honor."
The official Twitter account for Hannah Montana shot back a sarcastic reply to Cyrus: "Nice to hear from you @MileyCyrus. It's only been a decade."