Singer/actress Miley Cyrus struggled to find real happiness in her relationship with Liam Hemsworth, but was afraid of breaking off the engagement and ending up all alone. The Wrecking Ball hitmaker started dating The Hunger Games hunk Hemsworth in 2009, when she was 17, and they announced their engagement in June, 2012, when she was still a teenager.
However, the couple became dogged by rumours of trouble in its romance months before the stars officially split in September (13), and now Cyrus is opening up about her love life to U.S. TV broadcaster Barbara Walters.
In an inteview for the upcoming TV special Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013, the superstar admits critics were right when they claimed she was too young to settle down, but she was too scared to face up to the facts.
She says, "I was so scared of ever being alone, and I think, conquering that fear, this year, was actually bigger than any other transition that I had, this entire year.
"I don't ever want to have to need someone again, where you feel like, without them, you can't be yourself."
She continues, "I don't think I realised what 19 truly is, and I got engaged at 19, and I definitely wouldn't change being engaged. It was so fun wearing a fat rock (diamond ring) for a few years. But now, I just feel like I can actually be happy. I wait for those moments of silence, when I'm just at my house, by myself."
Despite finding solace in her time alone, Cyrus insists she would love to marry one day - but only when the time is right.
She adds, "I think I'll want that (marriage) in the times that it needs to be."
Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013 airs in the U.S. on Wednesday (18Dec13).
The Argo filmmaker and the U.K. boyband feature on Walters' annual list of the top 10 most intriguing public figures of the year (12), alongside Family Guy creator and 2013 Oscars host Seth MacFarlane and E.L. James, the author of steamy hit novel Fifty Shades of Grey.
Also selected are American gymnast Gabby Douglas and former U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton, while the number one person of note will be unveiled during the TV special Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2012 on 12 December (12).
Last year (11), Walters celebrated the likes of singer Katy Perry, real estate mogul Donald Trump, and Modern Family stars Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson.
In a U.S. TV special on Wednesday (14Dec11), Walters told viewers she once had a rule that the top honour in her annual selection must be given to a living person.
She picked Jobs for the title after he announced his retirement from Apple this summer (11) but decided he still deserved the accolade after he lost his battle with pancreatic cancer in October (11).
Walters says, "It's unlikely there will ever be anyone like him again."
Stars including Katy Perry, Simon Cowell, the Kardashians and Donald Trump were also featured in Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011.
The journalist interviews some of 2012's top newsmakers, including author E.L. James, Gov. Chris Christie, gymnast Gabby Douglas, actor Ben Affleck, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, group One Direction, and writer Seth MacFarlane.