Miley Cyrus The Mirror interview: ‘The world is in such a f***ed up place that the last thing we should be worrying about is my cute little video. They put an X over my mouth’ Miley then starts miming the explicit moves that have been cut from the clip and uses a word we cannot print in The Sun.
They’ve edited the video here in the UK. They put a big X over my mouth ’cos I was going like ‘this’. No gyrating, no ***********, there was a lot less. They took out literally everything. I thought the video wasn’t bad, then MTV in the UK sent, like, 18 notes asking for changes.’
Continuing her outspoken rant, she mentions the recent Trayvon Martin trial in the US, when neighbourhood watch co-ordinator George Zimmerman was found not guilty of murdering the black teenager: ‘The world is so lame, they let Zimmerman off on trial and yet you can’t show this? People forget Britney, she did the same thing. Britney and Madonna didn’t play it safe.’
Miley sings about ‘Molly’ in her new song ‘We Can’t Stop’ and confirmed to The Sun that it is a drug reference: ‘It depends who’s doing what. If you’re aged ten it’s ‘Miley’, if you know what I’m talking about then you know. I just wanted it to be played on the radio and they’ve already had to edit it so much.’
The actress and singer — who has a strangely deep voice for a young woman — says: “I don’t think people have a hard time understanding that I’ve grown up.
“You can Google me and you know what I’m up to — you know what that lyric is saying.” She plans to keep up her wild lifestyle on her three-day trip to London. When I ask if she has time to party in the UK, Miley says she is heading for The Box tonight — the shocking Soho club featuring transsexual strippers, midgets and fetish performers.
She adds: “I’ve never been to the one in London, though I’ve been to the one in New York. They G-rated it (made it less offensive). They Americanised it.”
The thought of Miley at a sex club will come as a shock to anyone who watched Hannah Montana.
Following her father into showbiz at a young age, at 11 she was cast in the Disney Channel TV series about a schoolgirl who has a secret life as a pop star.
The show, also starring her dad, quickly became the highest-rated series on US cable channels and Hannah Montana albums, films and merchandise were snapped up by the tween audience.
She called time on the phenomenon in 2011 and these days Miley has nearly 13million Twitter followers and is worth £80million. She says she has wanted to relaunch as a controversial, in-your-face pop star for years and adds: “I’m not really worried about alienating fans.
“Everyone has to work on the things that they don’t care about to get where they want to be.
“I had to do that for five years but I knew when I was older I would be able to do what I wanted eventually. Everyone has to work on something they don’t love to get to something they do love.”
Miley may be out to shock but she is refreshingly honest. I have chatted with countless US stars and they are nearly always guarded, giving journalists bland quotes and revealing nothing.
But apart from Lady Gaga, I have not interviewed a more friendly, open, American celebrity than Miley.
Yesterday she debuted her new music for journalists. As well as the single We Can’t Stop, out on August 4, she has worked with hip-hop producer Pharrell Williams and rapper Nelly on grown-up pop songs that remind you of Katy Perry and Rihanna.
To help her relaunch she has even had a shout out from the world’s biggest rapper, Jay-Z.
On the track Somewhere In America on his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail he references the bottom-shaking “twerk” dance she has become associated with.
Jay raps: “I’m still putting work in, ’cause somewhere in America Miley Cyrus is still twerkin’.”
She laughs it off, saying: “It’s dope, he’s supportive. I think he understands where I am because anyone, even Beyonce, had to go through a transition to grow up. People understand that.
“I shouted him out on my song Party In The USA — so he copied me.”
Although she asks for suggestions as to which song she should release as her next single, it is clear Miley is in the driving seat with her career.
She says: “With the video everybody had a thousand ideas about who should direct it and I already knew who my director would be.
“I had given the concept to her and said she couldn’t show my label. We’d bought the props so there was nothing they could do, it was already done.”
She adds: “Actions speak louder than words. I have nothing to prove.”