Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot for W
02/03/2014 AT 11:30 AM EST
got her start on the Disney Channel, but don't expect her to fawn over her youngest fans.
"I don't love kids," she tells MSNBC journalist Ronan Farrow
in the new W magazine
, on newsstands now. "They're so f---ing mean."
Cyrus, 21, says she spent too much time around children during her Hannah Montana
days, having first appeared on the hit show alongside father Billy Ray Cyrus
when she was 12. Though the former child star has more recently grabbed headlines with her sexy performances
, Cyrus is surprisingly old-fashioned when it comes to respecting your elders.
"Sometimes I hear kids with their parents, and I want to go over and, like, smack them myself," she says in the text accompanying a sexy photo spread. "Like, if they meet me, they'll be like, 'Mom, don't you know how to use an iPhone? Like, can you take the picture?' I'm like, 'Dude, if I ever talked to my mom like that when I was a kid, I would have had no phone, no computer, no TV, no anything.' "
Asked about her time at the Disney Channel, Cyrus recalls bursting into tears while arguing with a producer about "selling out." And she says the grown-up image she's promoting these days alongside her album Bangerz
is more authentic than the talent on her old network
: "I'm not Disney, where they have, like, an Asian girl, a black girl, and a white girl, to be politically correct, and, like, everyone has bright-colored T-shirts," she says.
Although she sings about being the life of the party
, Cyrus – who insists she has "very few friends" – tells Farrow she prefers to be a homebody in her Los Angeles mansion
"I never leave the house," Cyrus says, echoing recent advice
she gave to troubled peer Justin Bieber
on The Tonight Show
. "Why go to a movie? I've got a huge-ass TV. We've got a chef here that can make you great food. We don't need to leave. I would just rather be here where I'm completely locked in."
And the "Adore You"
singer doesn't need you to adore her: "I've made my money," she says. "If no one buys my album, cool. It's fine. I've got a house, and I've got dogs that I love. I don't need anything else."