Is Miley Cyrus Cutting Herself?

Tue, April 3, 2012 7:20pm EST by 89 Comments

Oh no. New photos of Miley show marks on her wrists that look like they could be cutting scars. We hope she’s not hurting herself, but four experts we consulted with agree that she may be cutting.

Miley Cyrus is looking great these days in between her pilates work-outs, but close-up photos of her wrists have raised serious concerns. The photo above of Miley walking her dog on April 2 looks like she has scratches on left wrist that could be scars from self-mutilation. We really hope that’s not the case.

“Based on the picture alone, those do look like cuts.  The location (on non-dominant arm, underside of forearm), the length of the cuts, the lines of the cuts, and the spacing all appear to be self-inflicted injuries,” says Lori Vann, Lic. Professional Counselor Supervisor in Dallas and nicknamed “Guru of Self-injury.”

And three other experts who often deals with victims of self-harm agree. “That looks like self-cutting,” says Dr. Jeff Gardere, chief contributor to “It looks like it, we don’t know for sure, but it looks like old scars.”

“It looks like she has been cutting,” says Dr. Gilda,of, the 30-second therapist on, who does not treat Miley.

“Since we have not met  Ms. Cyrus, All we can say is that the injuries in the picture are consistent with other self-injurers that we, at S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES® have treated,” Wendy Lader, President, Ph.D, M. eD, of S.A.F.E. ALTERNATIVES, an organization that provides help to end self-injurious behavior.

But why would Miley, who has so much positive in her life, be cutting herself?

“Why do girls do this? To take control over their lives when they feel their lives are out of control,” Dr. Gilda tells us. “Some women think that they deserve to bleed because they’re not in control of their lives.”

Of course, we don’t know that is for sure what’s going on, but we are very concerned. We hope stress isn’t leading Miley to self-mutilation. If Miley is blaming herself for anything — even the separation that her parents, Billy Ray and Tish had —  she could take it out on herself.

And she wouldn’t be the first young Hollywood star to engage in self-harm — her friend Demi Lovato was hospitalized in November 2010 for cutting herself and having an eating disorder. Dr. Gilda says she has seen friends copy friends when it comes to self-destructive behavior.

“I have seen girls mimic one another when it comes to cutting and to developing eating disorders and other things that seem to be fads for them,” she says.

Hollywood has seen other stars admit to cutting themselves including Angelina Jolie ,Megan FoxChristina Ricci,Courtney Love, Amy Winehouse and even Princess Diana, admitted to cutting. Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard has just published a book called, In The Water Where You They Can’t See You Cry, in which she chronicles her struggle with cutting and bulimia.

Miley’s rep told “there is no truth to the story.”

Whatever the case may be, we sure hope Miley is OK!What do you think, HollywoodLifers?

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Posted at 12:09 PM on June 1, 2013  

Ok, so people are going to say she’s copying Demi Lovato, but she’s probably NOT. She might actually have formed a friendship with Demi because she knows how she feels.I’m pretty sure she’s not copying her tho- I have a couple of friends who do it and I do it too, but I’m definately not copying them.
…But I’m also not sure if those are cuts they could be….

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Posted at 9:41 PM on August 30, 2012  

Wow! That’s a lot ppl are telling me she’s coping her friend Demi Lovato because she got a lot of attention and more new caring fans. I had to tell them stop! You dot know the girl,did she tell you that personally? No! So stop if she is cutting that’s her business not yours. Her Family cares for her she’ll get through this,it’s sill the same Miley guys…she hasn’t changed a bit!

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miley cyrus

Posted at 3:39 PM on June 12, 2012  

i am cutting my self because nobody loves me i work a lot

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Posted at 3:00 PM on June 4, 2012  

i know how is like to cut yourself seeking for relief and and it kills u inside
the last thing that she needs is a bunch of soulless idiots talking about this and judging
i support her and admire her i think she is a real strong kid

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Posted at 11:05 AM on May 28, 2012  

This is a shame, such posts shouldn’t be published. She’s 19 and should be given a private life.
As for “why would she cut with such a positive life?” that’s so rude. She’s constantly being judged, too fat, too thin, ugly, can’t sing, can’t act, all which are untrue will get to her eventually. If she is cutting that’s a personal matter for her to over come not for everyone to be talking about. All that will probably make her feel worse.
People have no respect.

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Erin Levy

Posted at 10:26 PM on May 19, 2012  

Wow… this article is HIGHLY inappropriate!!! Were Miley to be doing such a thing, I doubt she’d be pleased to find out that people are publicly speculating SUCH a deep, personal struggle. If she IS cutting herself, it is likely because she is in a great deal of pain. Seriously, I would delete this “article” and try to consider how MILEY IS A HUMAN BEING and that this is outrageously disrespectful. If you people actually, truly cared about her well being, you would not be exploiting such a personal, and devastating act of self mutilation… My god, have you media pigs no shame!?

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Posted at 8:23 AM on May 24, 2012  

Could not agree more with this comment. Personally i can relate to self injury and it’s just disgusting that they would post about this.

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Posted at 4:37 PM on June 18, 2012  

Alright calm down! Miley is a celebrity and so obviously things like this are going to be written, it comes with the job. If you can’t handle it (which she probably can after years and years of stardom) then maybe you shouldn’t get involved in that line of work. They did not ‘judge’ her or disrespect her throughout the article, you are making that up. They say that they hope she gets better and such and so I don’t see the problem. If you don’t like it then don’t read it. It’s not that hard.

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