The devastation in Houston, Texas is unfathomable — and it's something that has affected Miley Cyrus greatly. While chatting with Ellen DeGeneres on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Wednesday, Cyrus broke down in tears over Hurricane Harvey. "It'll make me cry, so I can't really talk about it," she said. "I don't know why it makes me really upset."
For the 24-year-old, it's upsetting for her to think about the individuals who have lost loved ones and had their belongings taken away from them due to the massive storm that has produced anywhere between 30 to 50-plus inches of rain. "It just really makes me upset, so I really hope people know... I'm not like, I couldn't fake it," she said about getting emotional. "I just, you know, my grandma's sitting here, my mom's here, and I go home to my seven dogs, and if I didn't have that anymore, it'd just be really hard."
Then, she made an important point when it comes to being empathetic during a time like this. The Younger Now artist said, "And I hope people understand, and can put themselves in those people's shoes, and just know what it feels like to have everything taken away from you."
"At least 46 deaths were related to or suspected to be related to the storm", according to The New York Times, and many people lost everything, including their homes. It's easy for people to sit in the comfort of their own lives and watch the aftermath of the hurricane on TV, but it's an entirely different situation when you're actually experiencing it. It's important to really take a moment to think about what the victims are going through and try to lend a helping hand, if possible. You don't need to donate a lot of money the way many celebrities are to help. There are many other ways to give back that don't even involve money.
Cyrus is doing all that she can to help, including donating $500,000, which DeGeneres revealed during the singer's taping of the show. "I'm really happy to help any way that I can," Cyrus told DeGeneres. Cyrus' Happy Hippie Foundation is also accepting donation, which will aid the American Red Cross, Best Friends Animal Society, the Greater Houston Community Fund, in addition to other organizations.