Those wondering if Miley Cyrus‘ current state of rebellion is just an act or a way to grab press will be sorely disappointed by the 20-year-old pop star’s Rolling Stone cover story. Though she poses topless on the cover — the latest in a recent of exhibitionist behavior — the content of the story confirms what many have suspected about “Miley 3.0”: she wants to go as weird and crazy and outside of her comfort zone as possible for her sake and not anyone else’s.
In between Cyrus getting feet tattoos and her going skydiving with the Rolling Stone reporter, talk inevitably turned to discussion of her VMAs performance. “I think,” says Cyrus, “it’s an important time not to Google myself.” But even she was surprised by the backlash to her twerking, teddy bear-filled performance, because she could have made it much worse.
“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!”
She also notes that few people complained about Robin Thicke, who she says got a bit “handsy.” “No one is talking about the man behind the a**. It was a lot of ‘Miley twerks on Robin Thicke,’ but never, ‘Robin Thicke grinds up on Miley,'” she says. “They’re only talking about the one that bent over. So obviously there’s a double standard.”
Cyrus continues, “America is just so weird in what they think is right and wrong. Like, I was watching ‘Breaking Bad’ the other day, and they were cooking meth. I could literally cook meth because of that show. It’s a how-to. And then they bleeped out the word ‘f***.’ And I’m like, really? They killed a guy, and disintegrated his body in acid, but you’re not allowed to say ‘f***’? It’s like when they bleeped ‘molly’ at the VMAs. Look what I’m doing up here right now, and you’re going to bleep out ‘molly’? Whatever.”
She also doesn’t think that her sticking her tongue out is cool or sexy, nor does she think that twerking is winning her any male admirers. She thinks her stubby pigtails make her look “like a little creature,” but just doesn’t care. She just wants to be weird, homie, and that’s what she’s doing.
“I wasn’t trying to be sexy,” she tells Rolling Stone. “If I was trying to be sexy, I could have been sexy. I can dance a lot better than I was dancing. … People are like, ‘Miley thinks she’s a black girl, but she’s got the flattest a** 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*** again.”
As for her music video for “Wrecking Ball,” Cyrus says that single tear came from a real place — but not the one fans might think. “My dog just passed away,” she explains. There’s not much talk of Liam Hemsworth in the cover story, except when she forgets to call him after going sky-diving; a sure sign of their split on the way.
She also opens up about her relationship with Justin Bieber, who she says she unintentionally acts as a mentor to.
“He’s trying really hard,” she says. “People don’t take him seriously, but he really can play the drums, he really can play guitar, he really can sing. I just don’t want to see him f*** that up, to where people think he’s Vanilla Ice. I tell him that. Like, ‘You don’t want to become a joke. When you go out, don’t start s***. Don’t come in shirtless.’ But the thing is, I think boys are, like, seven years behind. So in his head, he’s really, like, 12.”