On behalf of millennials in all places, I hereby declare Aug. 25 a nationwide vacation. Each Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez are releasing new music that day, and watching the Disney Channel alums enter new eras on the identical time is price commemorating. The pop stars serendipitously introduced their singles on Aug. 17 inside mere hours of 1 different: Gomez’s “Single Soon” will tide followers over earlier than she finally drops her fourth studio album, whereas Cyrus’s “Used to Be Young” will likely be accompanied by one other Yard Classes particular and an in-depth interview about her profession and life.

Reasonably than pitting them in opposition to each other, many followers, myself included, are selecting to root for each singers and mirror on all that led them so far. Cyrus and Gomez got here up within the golden age of Disney Channel — a time when “sweet niblets” was on a regular basis slang and The Tipton was way more covetable than any Ritz-Carlton lodge. Their main roles on “Hannah Montana” and “Wizards of Waverly Place” secured their standing as bona fide Disney Channel darlings within the 2000s.

Within the years that adopted, each former youngster stars skilled their justifiable share of setbacks. Cyrus was ridiculed for her shows of sexuality. She handled melancholy, misplaced her Malibu dwelling in a fireplace, and divorced Liam Hemsworth after an off-and-off relationship spanning 10 years. Gomez endured a public battle with lupus and underwent a kidney transplant; struggled with bipolar dysfunction, anxiousness, melancholy, and psychosis; and can not seem to escape fodder about her earlier relationship with Justin Bieber.

With the world anticipating them to fail, it might’ve been comprehensible for the celebrities to step away from the highlight solely, however they solid on.

As somebody who appeared as much as Miley Stewart and Alex Russo for a lot of her adolescence, seeing them crush it heals my internal youngster.

Now of their 30s, Cyrus and Gomez aren’t simply surviving after going by means of the wringer; they’re thriving. Cyrus’s “Endless Summer Vacation” album was a rousing success, with “Flowers” changing into the quickest tune to succeed in a billion streams in Spotify historical past. In the meantime, Gomez’s Uncommon Magnificence is booming, and “Only Murders in the Building” is airing its third season after receiving quite a few Emmy nominations. As somebody who appeared as much as Miley Stewart and Alex Russo for a lot of her adolescence, seeing them crush it heals my internal youngster.

I might be remiss to not point out the opposite Disney Channel alums who’re additionally on the prime of their recreation this 12 months. Demi Lovato, who completes the so-called Disney Trinity alongside Cyrus and Gomez, will quickly launch her album “Revamped,” that includes rerecorded rock variations of their greatest hits. The Jonas Brothers dropped “The Album” in Could and simply launched into a brand new tour throughout North America. And Dove Cameron is near releasing her debut solo album.

That is to not say that everybody has been as fortunate. For all these success tales, there are extra who have been burned by youngster stardom and nonetheless grapple with the consequences of rising up below a microscope. In a means, that makes it all of the extra outstanding to see Cyrus and Gomez nonetheless hitting peaks of their careers to at the present time.

Come Aug. 25, I am curious to see if Cyrus and Gomez acknowledge their simultaneous music releases. (If I have been on their PR groups, I might recommend they play into the social media chatter by referencing their onscreen feud as Hannah Montana and Mikayla Skeech.) A part of me can not help however surprise if the date choice wasn’t a coincidence in spite of everything and hints at a future collaboration between the 2. If there’s something Disney Channel taught me as a child, it is to dream large.