Miley Cyrus believes she was Lil Kim in a past life, despite the fact the rapper is alive now.

The ' We Can't Stop Us' singer's seems to be confused about reincarnation - a religious concept that states after death the soul begins a new life in a new body - as she thinks she is the 38-year-old rapper reborn even though they are both alive now.

Miley told Billboard magazine: ''In my past life, I feel like that was me. I feel like Lil' Kim is who I am on the inside. She just makes me happy ... I just love her and I can't help that I love her.''

The 20-year-old pop star also revealed her love of rapper Nicki Minaj, 30, describing her as the 'Lil Kim of her generation.

When asked to name her top three favourite artists, former 'Hannah Montana' star Miley said: ''I have to put Nicki because I had Kim. You can't choose one, so if you say Kim, then you've got to say Nicki. And Nicki is now the Lil Kim of my generation.''

Miley also praised her godmother, 67-year-old country singer Dolly Parton, in the interview, calling her ''a real-life Barbie doll'', while saying that singer/songwriter, Joan Jett, 54, ''represents a different time when females weren't supposed to be able to kick ass the way that she came out and did''.