A lot has changed since Miley Cyrus first made her debut managing multiple personalities as Disney's Hannah Montana. But while her transformation from small-screen star to foam-finger wielding performer may seem drastic, it is not quite as unique as she might like to believe. Like any suburban teens worth her weight in salvia, Cyrus has lashed out against her parents, dated inappropriate boys and taken an untold number of questionable selfies.
In the process, the artist has shed more than clothing. From Lesley Patterson to Justin Gaston, we look back at some of the BFFs that Cyrus has left behind.
Then: As even fair-weather fans will remember, she immortalized this erstwhile pal in her timeless classic "See You Again." According to the song, Lesley is her "best friend" and is known to exclaim, "Oh, she's just being Miley."
Now: The Franklin, Tenn. native is doing okay. Her Twitter profile suggests that she is a "Pinterest addict," "Workout phene," and "Wine & Food lover." It sounds like she has found some worthwhile hobbies, which is good, because losing touch with an international pop star can really free up your time. Still, Patterson seems to have kept tabs on her famous former friend. After Cyrus's infamous VMA performance, she tweeted: "Oh bless it no." Of all people, Patterson should have understood! She was just being Miley!
Then: Miley and Mandy were once an inseparable pair. They even made a YouTube series together. They called it the "Miley and Mandy Show." They could often be seen performing synchronized dance routines in bedrooms and wearing matching sweat suits. This is how you know the friendship was real. Coordinating lounge wear does not lie.
Now: Mandy Jiroux is no longer a Cyrus sidekick. She is now blonde and a quadruple threat according to her Twitter bio. These days, she is busy launching her singing career. The recording artist slash DJ slash dancer slash choreographer collaborated with YouTube sensation Kurt Schneider to produce a Zedd medley that premiered on JustJaredJr.com this very morning. Even as the friendship between her and Cyrus waned, their online presence lives on. Their YouTube channel still has 539,939 subscribers.
Then: The relationship between 16-year-old Cyrus and 20-year-old Justin Gaston raised some eyebrows in the late aughts. But Cyrus believed that their love would stand the test of time. In 2009, she told Teen Vogue that their connection didn't “come from attraction, but from somewhere deeper." She really is an old soul. Cyrus went on to call the male model her “best friend.” We hope Lesley and Mandy did not see that.
Now: Gaston married actress Melissa Ordway on September 22, 2012. The telegenic couple met on the set of Escapee, a mystery thriller that was not distributed in the United States. If their Instagram activity is any indication, the duo is happily wed. She posted an old selfie of the two of them three weeks ago. He captioned a recent photo of them: “Two is better than one.” It got 259 likes.
Then: Like so many adolescent friendships, this one has had its fair share of ups and downs. The teen queens seemed at ease together in an early red-carpet photograph of the duo. But the relationship reportedly turned sour when Selena began seeing Nick Jonas after he and Miley had broken up.
Now: The frenemies recently made headlines. While performing in Milan last weekend, Cyrus toted around a cardboard cutout of Gomez as she belted out the lyrics to her song, "FU." She then threw the two-dimensional figure into the crowd.