updated 09/06/2011 AT 11:20 AM ET
•originally published 09/06/2011 AT 11:40 AM ET
Miley Cyrus may have been “nervous” before meeting her idol, Joan Jett, but mutual admiration prevailed for the two singers during a recent interview.
“People see me as this perfect Disney star, and the moment I put out a record that says ‘I’m not 11 years old anymore,’ people look down on me,” Cyrus said. “That’s why I have always looked up [to] you. When you came out people were shocked that there was a chick that wanted to rock as hard as the guys.”
Jett, in turn, expressed her admiration for the former Disney star, who has it much harder with the press than she did.
“I was thinking to myself … how difficult it must be to lead your life as a teenager with the paparazzi and the amount of press you’re surrounded by,” she told Cyrus. “I thought to myself, ‘Wow that was kind of a blessing that we didn’t have that stuff when I was growing up in The Runaways.’ ”
Cyrus, who used Jett’s hit “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” as her audition number for Hannah Montana, also channeled the rocker’s fashion sense for the cover of her album Can’t Be Tamed.
Said Cyrus: “I love that you never apologized for who you were. It’s something I had to learn. … I’m sick of feeling as if I owe someone an apology for being who I am.”