Hilary Duff Admits Her Biggest Musical Mistake and Why She Admires Miley Cyrus

Hilary Duff photographed in 2015.
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Hilary Duff photographed in 2015.

Since 2007's Dignity, Hilary Duff has been focused on her personal life: She married former NHL player Mike Comrie in 2010, had a son and then divorced in 2014. She's now back to the professional grind with a new show, TV Land's Younger, and a new album, Breathe In. Breathe Out., due June 16 on RCA. The former Lizzie McGuire star, 27, gives her musical point of view.

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My favorite new-album track:
" 'One in a Million.' It's a 'f-- you' anthem about a guy who's not treating you right."

My biggest musical struggle:
"Finding my actual voice again. If you're not using your voice, you lose confidence in it."

My pop hero:
"Britney Spears. Growing up I was a huge fan -- along with every other girl."

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My biggest mistake:
"A terrible song, 'The Math,' on my first album. I got forced into recording it. It's just super cheesy."

My most emotional new song:
" 'Tattoo,' co-written by Ed Sheeran. It's a beautiful song about a relationship ending and what it leaves behind."

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My favorite fellow Disney alum:
"Miley Cyrus. I commend her for not giving a f--- what people think."

My reality check: 
"I sang [2004 hit] 'Come Clean' on a radio show, and it made me feel old. I recorded that when I was 16. It means something totally different to me now than it did back then."

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This story originally appeared in the July 4 issue of Billboard.