Miley Cyrus appears nude on her first Rolling Stone cover and defends herself and her artistry following a string of controversial performances and music videos in a new interview with the magazine.
The "We Can't Stop" singer, who also appeared naked in her recent "Wrecking Ball" video is busy promoting her new studio album "Bangerz," due out on Oct. 8. She tells Rolling Stone that following her explosive performance at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, in which she infamously "twerked" with Robin Thicke, she was not surprised to find that the attention would be focused on her, rather than on her male collaborator. (Warning: Cyrus' full Interview with Rolling Stone contains numerous expletives throughout.)
"No one is talking about the man behind the a--," Cyrus said to Rolling Stone. "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."
Cyrus maintains that her performance at the VMAs was not to be taken as seriously as it has and that she did not expect people would deem the performance shocking.
"Honestly, that was our MTV version. 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!"
Cyrus has been extensively criticized for all aspects of her performance following the MTV VMA broadcast on Aug. 25, with many deeming her attire, dance moves and song lyrics far too sexually provocative for the former "Hannah Montana" star. The singer, however, claims it was never her intention to come across as sexual and knows that her stubby pigtails made her "look like a little creature" and that her dance moves were not sexy.
"I wasn't trying to be sexy," she said to 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,'" she says. "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 [Expletive] again."
Miley Cyrus talks "Breaking Bad" censorship
The "Wrecking Ball" singer also spoke about the hit AMC series "Breaking Bad." She compared the censorship imposed on her performance at the VMAs and the kind seen on the Bryan Cranston-starring cable show, which is set to end on Sunday after five seasons.
"America is just so weird in what they think is right and wrong," she said to Rolling Stone. "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."
Cyrus noted how an expletive is bleeped out on "Breaking Bad" and how a slang word for drugs was censored during her VMAs performance.
Cyrus also spoke about fellow former child star Justin Bieber, who in recent months has stirred controversy over his own public behavior, saying the star still has not made the same transition into adulthood as she has now.
"I'm not much older than him, so I never want it to feel like I'm mentoring him," Cyrus said. "But I do mentor him in a way. Because I've been doing this [Expletive] for a long time, and I already transition, and I don't think he's quite done it yet."
Check out Rolling Stone for the full cover and interview with Miley Cyrus, online now and on newsstands Oct. 10.