Regrets, Miley Cyrus has a few. At the ripe old age of 21, she's looking back at her broken engagement to Liam Hemsworth, admitting to Barbara Walters that their romance, which fizzled in September after four years of fickle coupledom, progressed too quickly and was kinda fear-based.
"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," the wrecking ball-riding, clothing optional twerker reveals on ABC's "The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013," airing Wednesday night. "I don't ever want to have to need someone again, where you feel like, without them, you can't be yourself."
Hemsworth, 23, popped the question in May 2012 with a 3.5-carat Neil Lane sparkler. At the time, Cyrus gushed that she looked forward to "a life of happiness" with the Australian actor.
The cheeky chart-topper tells Walters that she loved Liam, whom she met in 2009 while filming "The Last Song," and stands by the engagement.
"I don't think I realized what 19 truly is, and I got engaged at 19, and I definitely wouldn't change being engaged," she explains. "It was so fun wearing a fat rock 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.”
As for the possibility of one day walking down the aisle, Miley enigmatically replies, "I think I'll want that in the times that it needs to be."
Meanwhile, Cyrus is shrugging off speculation that she's rebounded with rapper French Montana (no relationship to Hannah). The two were snapped in an embrace following her performance on Saturday at New York's Madison Square Garden.
Spies claim they were "flirting" and appeared "completely enamored," an assessment Miley insists is untrue.
"DON'T hug your friends goodbye unless you wanna be rumored 'dating,'" she tweeted, adding for good measure, "I wanna think more of the world but people just keep proving their stupidity."