Miley Cyrus opens up about Liam Hemsworth split

Miley Cyrus attends KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2013

Miley Cyrus attends KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2013 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. (Dec. 6, 2013) (Credit: Getty Images)

Pop star Miley Cyrus has opened up about her failed relationship with former fiance Liam Hemsworth.

"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," Cyrus told Barbara Walters in an interview for tomorrow's ABC special "Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013."

"I don't ever want to have to need someone again, where you feel like, without them, you can't be yourself," she added.

Following an on-and-off relationship after they met while filming "The Last Song" in 2009, "Wrecking Ball" singer Cyrus, 21, and "Hunger Games" star Hemsworth, 23, split and reunited at least twice before becoming engaged in May 2012.

Cyrus was seen wearing her 3.5-carat Neil Lane engagement ring as late as August, at the red-carpet premiere for Hemsworth's movie "Paranoia." The following month, however, representatives for the two confirmed the engagement was off.

"I don't think I realized what 19 truly is, and I got engaged at 19, and I definitely wouldn't change being engaged," Cyrus told Walters. "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."

When Walters asked Cyrus if she ever wanted to be married, the singer replied, "I think I'll want that in the time that it needs to be."

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