Miley Cyrus‘ transition from Hannah Montana to tawdry twerking has made the singer the most-talked about star in show business the past five weeks, and on Monday, the good girl gone bad sat down with TODAYhost Matt Lauer for a candid chat.
Miley, 20, said much of the controversy generated by her racy rub on Robin Thicke in their duet of Blurred Lineswas simply from those who aren’t hip with the landscape of today’s youth, and what keeps them entertained.
“I don’t ever really plan to offend people, but sometimes that just happens, because I think people [aren’t] open to what they don’t understand,” she said, sounding hoarse after a busy weekend including a Saturday Night Live hosting gig. “But that’s why what I’m doing is for my fans, because they’re all really young, so they understand what I’m doing.”
Reminded of her comments labeling the performance a “strategic hot mess,” Miley stood by her statement, telling Lauer the night “went exactly as planned.
“It’s a month later,” she reasoned, “and we’re still talking about it.”
When Lauer asked the former child star if her sexy new image was merely a phase, Miley insisted, “No, because this is just like who I am.
“I think it’s only hard if you’re trying to be something you’re not,” she said. “Being who you are is really easy if you’re really true to that. I heard when you turn 40 things start to go a little less sexual. So probably around 40, I heard that’s when people don’t have sex anymore. I guess maybe around then.”
When Lauer asked the We Can’t Stop singer how old she thinks he is, she told him 40, at which point the flattered TODAY host told her he was 55.
She replied, “55? Oh, well, then you’re really definitely not sexual.”
“I think she is an incredible artist and I was inspired by her for my ‘Wrecking Ball’ video which started the whole thing,” she recalled. “I don’t know how someone can start a fight with someone that’s saying, ‘I respect you and love what you did’ [responding with] ‘You suck and I don’t like you.’