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Miley Cyrus is taking every opportunity to flaunt her sexual side, because by the time she hits 40, she'll be too old for sex. That's what Cyrus, 20, told Matt Lauer on this morning's Today show. Watch all the awkwardness unfold below!
"I heard when you turn 40, things start to go a little less sexual," Cyrus told Lauer, when he asked how long her provocative phase was going to last. "Probably around 40, around that time, I hear that's when people don't have sex anymore. So I guess maybe around then."
"Do you know how old I am?" Lauer asked with a wince.
The singer guessed that Lauer was 40, and when he revealed he was 55, she replied, "Oh, then you're really, definitely not sexual."
Oh, Miley. Sometimes we forget that you are so very young. But that's sort of Miley's thing now, right? She's a professional 20-year-old. She told Lauer that she doesn't care if she offends people because "what I'm doing is for my fans, 'cause they're all really young and so they understand what I'm doing." Songs like "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball" are aimed at people her age, testing their freedom for the first time, getting their first apartments, experiencing their first heartbreaks. That's the moment Cyrus is in right now, and she has no desire to see past it.
This attitude was also obvious when Cyrus talked about her online "feud" with Sinead O'Connor. Cyrus said that she was "really inspired" by O'Connor's work, and that she was shocked by the open letter penned by her idol.
"I don't know how someone can start a fight with somebody that's saying, 'Hey, I really respect you and I really love what you did.' 'You know what? You suck and I don't like you.' That was kind of crazy," Cyrus told Lauer.
It's also kind of crazy that Cyrus interpreted O'Connor's letter -- the first one, anyway -- as an attack. At no point did she say, "You suck and I don't like you." O'Connor was actually really complimentary about Cyrus as an artist, and said she was concerned that the record industry was exploiting her body and ignoring her talent. The letter was patronizing, sure, but she was clearly just trying to help. Cyrus' response, however -- to make fun of O'Connor's bipolar disorder and compare her to Amanda Bynes -- was childish and uncalled-for. And the Irish singer responded with a less diplomatic letter, so things went downhill fast.
The point is that Cyrus couldn't see the value in an older artist giving her advice. As far as she is concerned, anyone over 40 is a culturally irrelevant person who doesn't have sex. Right now, she's in a happy little bubble where she's allowed to believe that. But here's the thing about aging, Miley: It happens to everyone. In fact, one of her biggest competitors on the Billboard charts right now is an even younger singer, 16-year-old Lorde. Sooner or later, Cyrus will realize that growing older doesn't mean losing everything she's got. In the meantime, she's living for the moment -- and making that moment last as long as possible.