Top selling music artist Miley Cyrus says fellow child star Britney Spears is the only person who understands her.

The 20-year-old former Disney Star confessed that living in the public eye has been difficult and Britney, who started her career on the Mickey Mouse Club is the only person who understands what the pressure she is under.

Speaking to the Huffington Post UK Miley said: ''Everyone goes through a time in their life where they don't want their picture taken every day. She just never had that time where she could say, 'I'm going through something right now and need to shut down.' I also don't have that, so it's good to have that one person in my life who gets it.''

With her engagement to actor Liam Hemsworth under constant scrutiny Miley says Britney understands what it is like to have her career over shadowed by her personal life.

She said: ''I just think it's never blaming you or making you feel like, 'You've got all this going for you,' it's like she knows. Sometimes life just steps in the middle of your career the way life always does for anyone - it's just ours is a little more 24/7.''