Heidi Gutman/ABC
December 16, 2013 at 08:15 PM EST

Do esteemed veteran journalists pore over heartbroken pop lyrics too?

Well, in the name of research. It appears Barbara Walters may have done some reading in between the lines for her interview with Miley Cyrus for her annual special Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013, in which the singer admitted her naiveté at getting engaged too young, her fear of loneliness, and her current enjoyment of the single life.

Walters read lyrics from the singer’s song “Drive”: “I was crazy thinking you were mine/ It was all just a lie.”

“What was the lie?” asked Walters, with all the seriousness and tonal rigidity you’d expect for grilling a disgraced politician.

“I don’t think there was any lies,” Cyrus replied. “I was so scared of ever being alone, and I think conquering that fear this year was actually bigger than any other transition I ever had this entire year.”

Cyrus spoke of the neediness inherent to relationships and how “you can’t be yourself.”

“But that’s called ‘being in love,'” Walters countered. “That’s called maybe wanting to be married to someone… you don’t want that?”

“I don’t think I realized what 19 truly is,” Cyrus said, of the age she became engaged to Hunger Games: Catching Fire star Liam Hemsworth. “I just feel I can actually be happy.”

Watch part of the interview below:

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Barbara Walters Presents: The 10 Most Fascinating People of 2013 airs Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. ET on ABC.

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