Miley Cyrus is going through a conflicting time. Her two recent singles have been incredibly successful in last few months, however the singer has also been the target of vast media criticism and has just come out of a three and half year relationship with actor Liam Hemsworth.
There was initial criticism over Miley’s video for ‘We Can’t Stop’ which showcased the 20-year-old's new look but the track still made it to number one in the UK and became one of the biggest songs of the summer.
Then Miley performed the song as a medley with Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ at the MTV VMAs in August. The backlash to the performance continues nearly a month later, but now Miley has given her side of the story to Rolling Stone magazine.
Miley appears topless on the cover of Rolling Stone October issue (Twitter)
The performance was raunchy enough for Miley to be concerned about getting taken off air however she has admitted that it could have been a lot more extreme:
“Honestly, that was our MTV version," she says. "We could have even gone further, but we didn't. I thought that's what the VMAs were all about! It's not the Grammys or the Oscars. You're not supposed to show up in a gown, Vanna White-style. It's supposed to be fun!”
There is one thing that has bothered the young star about all the vitriol she has faced, and that is the fact the all of the focus has been on her:
“No one is talking about the man behind the ass. It was a lot of 'Miley twerks on Robin Thicke,' but never, 'Robin Thicke grinds up on Miley.' They're only talking about the one that bent over. So obviously there's a double standard.”
Miley has been slammed for her MTV VMA performance (Twitter)
Despite the overwhelming negativity Miley does have one of the biggest names in music supporting her. Kanye West had caught Miley rehearsing for the performance and went to speak to her before she took the stage:
“He came in and goes, 'There are not a lot of artists I believe in more than you right now,' the whole room went quiet. I was like, 'Yo – can you say that again?!'”
Miley did not hang around after the performance; instead she headed off to a recording studio with Kanye West to record vocals for a remix of his song ‘Black Skinhead.’ Speaking about the rapper she revealed: "I kind of have a good relationship with him now. It's good to have someone you can call and be like, 'Yo, do you think I should wear this?' 'Do you think I should go in the studio with this guy?' 'Do you think this is cool?' That's what homies are supposed to do."
Miley performed at the iHeartradio music festival over the weekend (SIPA/WENN.com)
Most people would have trouble dealing with the amount of condemnation that Miley has but it did not faze the singer: "I wasn't trying to be sexy," she said. "If I was trying to be sexy, I could have been sexy. I can dance a lot better than I was dancing." She knows sticking her tongue out isn't hot and that those weird stubby pigtails aren't flattering ("I look like a little creature"). And she even knows it's ridiculous for her to twerk.
To an extent Miley has even agreed with some of her critics: "People are like, 'Miley thinks she's a black girl, but she's got the flattest ass ever,' I'm like, I'm 108 pounds! I know! Now people expect me to come out and twerk with my tongue out all the time. I'll probably never do that s**t again."
Although the controversy surrounding the young singer looks set to continue, it seems that Miley is still in control of what she wants to be doing.
Miley’s new album ‘Bangerz’ is due for release on October 4.