If you’re someone still trying to figure out the mind of Miley Cyrus, a new New York Times interview may help. You weren’t supposed to take her VMA performance as a declaration of her lifestyle: “I went from people just thinking I was, like, a baby to people thinking I’m this, like, sex freak that really just pops molly and does lines all day. It’s like, ‘Has anyone ever heard of rock ’n’ roll?’ There’s a sex scene in pretty much every single movie, and they go, ‘Well, that’s a character.’ Well, that’s a character. I don’t really dress as a teddy bear and, like, twerk on Robin Thicke, you know?”
Other revelations: According to Cyrus, it’s not just former Disney stars who are forced to be PG rather than themselves. “I’ll get someone to, like, flash me, and they’ll be, like, ‘You have to delete it!’ I had to do that when I was 14 or 15, but even then I didn’t care. Like, if someone was videoing me ripping a bong, I didn’t care, so it’s just funny to me. I’m like: ‘Dude, you’re 30. Like, why can’t someone see a picture of your [breasts]?’” (Since when is marketability the only reason NOT to want your breasts exposed, Miley?)
There is one situation in which Cyrus doesn’t want to be an enabler: “There was a thing that Kurt Cobain said, something like, ‘There’s a special place in hell for people that glamorize drugs,’ and I never want to be that person that’s, like, talking to 16- and 17-year-olds and being like, ‘Smoke weed.’ I’ve got a little sister. I don’t want her to smoke weed, and it’s not because I think weed is bad, but…. she’ll make the choice.”
Read the full article to find out how she feels about Ariana Grande (“I see her wearing the shorter things. She comes in, and she goes, ‘This made me feel like you.’ And I’m like, ‘That was like my sixth grade prom dress’ ”) and Joe Jonas’ accusation that Cyrus and Demi Lovato introduced him to marijuana (“We were so young that it’s actually like, ‘How did you get peer pressured by me?’”).