In the wake of releasing her second single, “Wrecking Ball,” Miley Cyrus has dominated the headlines for what many are criticizing as gratuitous, unnecessary nudity in the Terry Richardson-directed music video. But if you ask the 20-year-old singer if her video was controversial, she’ll disagree.
“I think the video is much more. If people get past the point I make, and you actually look at me, you can tell I look more broken than even the song sounds,” Cyrus tells Elvis Duran on The Z100 Morning Show. “The song is a pop ballad that everyone can relate too; everyone has felt that feeling at some point. If people can take their minds off the obvious and go into their imagination and see what the video really means, it is so vulnerable.”
“Wrecking Ball” is rumored to be about Cyrus and fiancé Liam Hemsworth’s rocky relationship, and while Cyrus didn’t comment on her inspiration for the single she did open up about how emotional filming the video was. “If you look at my eyes I look more sad than actually my voice sounds on the record,” Cyrus says. “It was a lot harder to do the video than it was to record the song. It was much more of an emotional experience.”
Releasing her second single from upcoming album “BANGERZ” after “We Can’t Stop” was a nerve-wracking experience for the pop star. “I was actually panicking last night because I felt like for me, with ‘We Can’t Stop,’ there was all this anticipation and all this time to build up this one single,” Cyrus says. “I have been so busy right now with ‘We Can’t Stop’ still doing what it’s doing and catching fire not just in the states but all over the world — its now starting to play [in Europe] — so I feel like I have so much going on.”
As the poster child for the new “twerk” dance craze, does Cyrus take credit for its recent surge in popularity? “I don’t know how that necessarily happened,” Cyrus says. “Anything I do becomes such a big deal. I’m just having fun. Whatever people label it as it doesn’t really matter. I always want to switch it up.”
Watch the controversial, NSFW music video below: