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How Brandi and Noah Cyrus stepped out of ‘unbearable’ shadow of Miley’s fame to grab their own limelight

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FROM the age of 11, Miley Cyrus was a superstar, with the success of Hannah Montana propelling her to the A-list and a hit music career cementing her status.

But last week saw Miley’s little sister Noah steal the limelight with a showstopping performance at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville.

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Noah Cyrus stole the show at the CMT Music Awards last week[/caption]

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Travel lover Brandi Cyrus takes a dip at the Costa D’Este spa resort in Florida[/caption]

The 20-year-old, who recently claimed that living in her sister’s shadow was “unbearable”, made headlines with her near-naked bodystocking as she performed This Is Us with Jimmie Allen.

And Miley’s older sister, 33-year-old Brandi, has been making ripples in her own way.

The actress and presenter, who hosts red carpet events for TV shows, has also become a lifestyle influencer, posting shots from the family farm as well as glamorous pictures of her jetsetting lifestyle for her 1.1m followers.

Here we look at the rise of the other Cyrus sisters, as they emerge from the shadows of their superstar sibling.

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Brandi and Miley are close and often post pictures together[/caption]

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Miley’s success was ‘unbearable’ for younger sister Noah[/caption]

Parents’ stormy marriage LA move for Miley

Growing up on the ranch in Nashville, Tennessee, the three girls and their brothers, Trace, 31, and Braison, 26, were exposed to fame at a young age, through their country star dad Billy Ray Cyrus.

Brandi and Trace, mum Tish’s children from a previous relationship, were adopted by the Achey Breaky Heart singer when they wed in 1993 and the children were close.

But there were turbulent times too, with the whole family being uprooted and moving to Los Angeles when Miley landed the lead in Disney show Hannah Montana, and a stormy relationship between Billy Ray and Tish ensued too.

The pair twice filed for divorce – in 2010 and 2013 – before marriage therapy and crisis talks saved the relationship.

Both sisters appeared fleetingly in Hannah Montanna – with Brandi playing ‘the guitarist’ in two episodes and Noah cast as various extras, including ‘young girl dancing’ and ‘girl with ice cream’.

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The Cyrus clan in a Christmas throwback. L-R Trace, Tish, Miley, baby Noah, Billy Ray, Braison and Brandi [/caption]

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Tish, Braison, Noah, Billy Ray, Brandi and Miley at the 2015 MTV awards[/caption]

Miley’s fame leaves Noah in shadows

But as Miley’s career went stratospheric, Noah found being her little sister difficult and struggled with her mental health.

In an emotional online chat with fans, earlier this year, she explained her song Young and Sad was about her struggles.

“Being born in the family I was in, everybody gave me such a hard time for having a hard time being Miley’s little sister, but I always felt like I was that person that no one gave a s*** about due to what people said to me online,” she said.

“It was absolutely unbearable.”

The song contains the lyrics: “My sister’s like sunshine, always bringing good light wherever she’ll go. And I was born to rain clouds, blessed in her shadows.”

She added: “Everybody always says to me, that no matter what, I was going to be in that shadow. And I always believed that, and that’s so hard for me to overcome.”

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The whole family attend the premiere of Hannah Montana at the height of Miley’s fame[/caption]

Noah felt she was growing up in Miley’s shadow

A talented musician in her own right, Noah hated the spotlight Miley’s career brought to the family.

In an interview with The Telegraph in March, Noah recalled seeing paparazzi shots of herself for the first time, saying: “It was so stressful seeing pictures of myself online, of reading stuff about myself on the Internet that I simply assumed must be true.”

But in 2016, at the age of 16, Noah came of age by signing a record deal and releasing her first single, Make Me (Cry), with Labrinth.

She followed it up with collaborations with tragic rapper XXXXTentacion and Lil Xan – who she also dated for six months in 2018.

She has most recently been linked to rapper Machine Gun Kelly.

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Noah has been linked with rapper Machine Gun Kelly[/caption]

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Miley and Noah recently duetted on the song I Got So High That I Saw Jesus[/caption]

In the last year, after releasing the EP The End of Everything, Noah has been taking a leaf out of Miley’s Wrecking Ball book, and ramping up the raunchy.

Her Instagram is peppered with snaps in skimpy bikinis – and one where she is naked in her garden – and her risque look on last week’s awards clinched the deal.

But the EP also deals with her mental health struggles and she has openly talked about her anxiety and depression on her podcast In My Feels with Lou Al-Chamaa.

“I’ve struggled with anxiety and depression since I was 10 or 11 years old,” Noah told James Corden on The Late Late Show last year.

“One of the things that I’ve always wanted is to use this platform to talk about my mental health and help young adults all around America and everywhere in the world know that they’re not alone.”

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Like her big sister, Noah likes to shed her clothes when she can[/caption]

Noah’s naked snaps mirror Miley’s Wrecking Ball video

The ‘forgotten’ Cyrus sister

As the older sister, Brandi was already 19 when Miley thrust the family into the limelight – and like her siblings, she’s a gifted guitarist.

She made up one half of pop duo Frank and Derol, formed in 2009, but chart success eluded them – and she once referred to herself as the “forgotten Cyrus sister.”

But in 2013, Brandi landed a job with Spin Media, covering red carpet events including the American Music Awards – where she interviewed Miley before her performance of Wrecking Ball at the show.

“I got to talk to a lot of amazing people tonight BUT I had the MOST fun chatting with my little sister!” she tweeted after the show.

She has worked on similar events for Entertainment Tonight and Access Hollywood and, in 2017, landed her own interior design show, Cyrus vs. Cyrus, with mum Tish.

A devoted horserider, Brandi now describes herself as “songwriter, musician, blogger, designer and competitive equestrian.”

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Miley and Brandi on the red carpet at the 2012 MTV awards[/caption]

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Brandi posts glamorous pictures from her travels, including this for a resort in Greece[/caption]

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Splashing about on a recent trip to Montana[/caption]

Brandi is a keen horsewoman and competes in competitions

The stunning blonde recently settled down with her South African boyfriend, who she has identified only as Ry, and posts many a loved-up selfie alongside her glamorous bikini pics.

The couple spent seven months apart during lockdown and were reunited last month, when he flew over to join her on the Nashville farm.

Brandi also likes to keep fans up to date with the couple’s travels, recently posting pictures from Italy, Greece, Montana, Iceland and the Costa D’Este Resort and Spa in Florida.

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The blogger is happier than ever since being reunited with boyfriend Ry [/caption]

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Brandi posts frequent snaps from the family ranch, including these two new arrivals[/caption]


Growing up with a superstar sibling can’t have been easy for the two women, and they have been refreshingly open about the experience.

But with Noah’s star on the ascendant, and Brandi’s life brimming with contentment, the other Cyrus sisters have finally come into their own.

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Animal lover Brandi pets a Cheetah at a Florida sanctuary[/caption]

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