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'Hannah Montana' spoilers for final season 4, which began July 11, as Miley Cyrus nears adulthood

07/11/2010 by Corinne Heller

'Hannah Montana spoilers for final season 4, which begins July 11 (Photo courtesy of Jaimie Trueblood / ABC) Hannah Montana began its fourth and final season on Sunday, as its star Miley Cyrus, who has said she has outgrown the child and teen-oriented Disney Channel series that launched her into international stardom, approaches her 18th birthday, continues to showcase a more mature image and works to further her singing and acting career.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

"If we could do this show forever, we would," Cyrus told On The Red Carpet's Chris Balish. "But theres no way to take this character and make it 'Hannah Montana goes to college' and then Hannah Montana does what, what happens next? I think Im just growing at just the right time, being able to put an end on this chapter and start a new one, at the right time."

In the show, which debuted in 2006, Miley Cyrus portrays an ordinary teenage girl named Miley Stewart who masquerades as pop star Hannah Montana by night. Her real-life father, singer Billy Ray Cyrus, players her on-screen dad, Robby Ray Stewart. The series spurred a 2009 movie and a wide variety of branded merchandise.

In season four, dubbed Hannah Montana Forever, Miley Stewart's family moves into a new ch house in Malibu, California but she is annoyed that her father has brought along her old childish-looking bedroom furniture and toys as well.

She also starts to attend school as alter-ego Hannah Montana because Robby Ray Stewart, missed the deadline to register her as Miley Stewart and finds she attracts more attention from her peers that way.

Also in the fourth season, Miley Stewart sets her father up on a blind date with her school nurse, while her on-screen brother Jackson starts dating the girl next door. Another episode set to air in August sees Miley Cyrus thanking military families and performing a duet with her father called "Been Here All Along" with her father to a studio audience filled with armed service families.

Over the past few years, Miley Cyrus has recorded pop and rock music, including a single with Bret Michaels of the often-raunchy rock band Poison, performed at concerts before thousands of fans and posed for a semi-revealing Vanity Fair magazine cover that raised controversy due to her young age, self-proclaimed spirituality and her status as a Disney icon.

She has apologized to her fans about the photo, which she said made her feel embarrassed.

Miley Cyrus, who turns 18 on November 23, later stirred controversy with concert performances in which she got close to a female dancer, a sexy music video for her song "Can't Be Tamed", off her new album, and leaked footage of her appearing to give a lap dance to Adam Shankman, director of her film The Last Song and a judge of So You Think You Can Dance.

Her moves and more mature fashion style seen in her concert performances contrast with her "good-girl" image as the star of Hannah Montana. Miley Cyrus told Parade magazine in March she has "grown out of" the show.

Miley Cyrus says she is comfortable with her body and style and is "not trying to be slutty". Addressing reports that suggested inappropriate teenage behavior, Miley Cyrus has said "drugs are for idiots" but did not rule out drinking one day and added that Michaels' partying stories inspire her to not go overboard.

Miley Cyrus, who began her acting career when she was eight, has also turned her attention to the big screen and starred in the romantic comedy film The Last Song with Greg Kinnear and real-life boyfriend Liam Hemsworth. She is also set to star in the 2011 comedy film LOL: Laughing Out Loud with Demi Moore.

Check out a video interview with Miley Cyrus and Billy Ray Cyrus!

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