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Those of us watching the MTV Video Music Awards may have asked ourselves, "What is Miley Cyrus doing?" As for Miley: she knew exactly what she was doing. In her first video interview since that scandal-generating performance with Robin Thicke, Cyrus, 20, says her goal was to give people something they'd remember.
"Me and Robin, the whole time said, 'You know we're about to make history right now,'" Miley recalls. "Madonna's done it. Britney's done it. Every VMA performance, that's what you're looking for; you're wanting to make history." (Watch the clip below!)
"What's amazing is I think now, we're three days later and people are still talking about it. They're overthinking it," she continues. "You're thinking about it more than I thought about it when I did it!"
As for the negative backlash, Miley claims she doesn't care.
"I don't pay attention to the negative because I've seen this play out so many times," she reasons. "How many times have we seen this play out in pop music?"
The MTV interview follows another Miley interview published this weekend by the U.K. paper Sunday People. In what is described as Miley's "most honest interview ever," she appears to admit that she's under the influence of... something.
"I'm messed up. I have so many f**king issues," she is quoted as saying. "I am so f**ked up -- everyone does dumb stuff when they are messed up."
Before we jump to conclusions, though, let's look at the quote that immediately follows this: "I don't have a normal life."
So maybe Miley isn't talking about drugs at all, but the fact that she grew up in the spotlight, has a famous dad, lives on a tour bus, and generally has an abnormal, "messed up" life. Let's at least give her the benefit of the doubt. Not only was this particular interview conducted more than a month ago, but the quotes appear pieced together, and we have no idea what questions Miley was actually answering. That leaves it pretty wide open for interpretation.
Elsewhere in the interview, Miley talks about how she's a workaholic, rarely sleeps (another red flag), and was never going to be able to live up to her Hannah Montana image.
"During Hannah Montana, I think people knew I was acting. I've never been able to hide anything, a bit like Justin Bieber," she said. "I never pretended I was as good as the Disney Channel writes."
Miley has gotten plenty of heat over the past week, but one fellow pop star has come to her defense: Lady Gaga.
"I don't like to pass judgment on Miley Cyrus. Generally, people need to lighten up about pop music -- it's about entertainment," Gaga reportedly told the U.K. Sun. "It is here to make you smile and make you happy. Especially in America, there is an excessive dragging of female artists, and I don't want to contribute to that. [Miley's performance was] polarizing, but that's it."