My friends and I just had a discussion over the weekend about whether Miley Cyrus was going to end up like Britney Spears and Lindsay Lohan. Most of us thought "no way," but my friend D actually bet money that, before Miley was 21, she would either be caught flashing her hoo-ha on camera or would get caught with drugs.
And here's Miley, apologizing profusely for a set of photos in Vanity Fair, where she appears to have posed topless.
"My goal in my music and my acting is always to make people happy. For Vanity Fair, I was so honored and thrilled to work with Annie [Leibovitz]. I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed."
Also addressing the recent photos swirling around the internet, in which the Hannah Montana star poses provocatively with a boy -- and shows some skin -- Miley says she's just a kid who's bound to mess up every now and then.
"The pictures of me on the Internet were silly, inappropriate shots. I appreciate all the support of my fans, and hope they understand that along the way I am going to make mistakes and I am not perfect. I never intended for any of this to happen and I am truly sorry if I have disappointed anyone. Most of all," she says, "I have let myself down. I will learn from my mistakes and trust my support team. My family and my faith will guide me through my life's journey."
Disney says Miley was mislead by Vanity Fair, accusing them of exploiting their star and just trying to sell magazines, while VF says Miley's parents were on set and knew exactly what they were shooting.
So, is Miley just doing damage control to protect her good girl image? Is there a little bit of LiLo or a Brit Brit inside of her, waiting to let loose? You can still get in on the bet....