Miley Cyrus says we need to talk about sex more.
Especially with young people who think it’s OK to have unprotected sex.
“I think that most of it is just having the conversation and taking away the kind of embarrassment or guilt that people feel attached to sex,” Cyrus tells me.
The “Wrecking Ball” singer is sounding off on sex because she’s the new face of MAC Cosmetics’ iconic Viva Glam campaign. Proceeds from a hot pink lipstick and lip gloss created by Cyrus benefit the MAC AIDS Fund.
“I think the way sex has been made to be seen as bad or guilty, I think it’s just opening up that conversation that’s saying if you’re doing it, protect yourself. And I think young people need to be talking,” Cyrus said.
Earlier in the day, Cyrus visited the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Youth Center to meet homeless youth and to learn more about HIV prevention.
She impressed that when “you walk in, there is a bowl of condoms right there. You didn’t have to ask.”
Cyrus praised the Viva Glam campaign because it wasn’t about making a profit.
“You don’t see me kind of doing this stuff very often,” Cyrus said. “I’m not the person to go out and say, ‘Buy my lipstick,’ or ‘Buy my this, or, ‘Buy my that.’ This was something I obviously didn’t mind saying…and kind of shamelessly plugging because it’s going towards such an amazing thing. Every penny of it! It’s not halfway going to help and halfway paying someone’s salary. It’s a hundred percent!”
Miley Cyrus is glamming it up as the newest face of MAC’s Viva Glam campaign. Her chic pink-shaded lipstick and gloss are available in stores and online now – and, in good ol’ Miley fashion, she’s been taking to her social media accounts to promote the new line.
While the pics of her posing for MAC are eye-catchingly stunning – and the 15-second teaser she uploaded to Instagram is glitzy and fun – the 22-year-old has caught a lot of flak for other photos and videos she shares on the social media app.
But, in a new interview, the “Wrecking Ball” songstress tells ET she doesn’t really think about what she shares!
When asked about what her thought process is behind her posts she quipped, “Not much!”
“People go, ‘Whoa. Do you ever wake up and think, ‘Wow, maybe I shouldn’t have Instagrammed that?’ You can tell when I’m really bored, or I just woke up and I lay in bed for an hour and I’ll do eight or nine posts in a row.”
But on the other end of the spectrum, she goes MIA on social media when life gets hectic.
“When I’m actually busy and having a life — people don’t know what’s happening,” she explained, “People will literally text me and ask me if I’m okay. My managers are always like, ‘Are you okay? Are you on this planet? Because we haven’t heard from you, we haven’t seen any Instagram posts.’”
The former Disney darling said that while she’s a fan of Instagram, she realizes the enormous power it has.
“I think Instagram is fun, but there’s also a lot of down sides to it I think for young girls,” she told ET.
“But, I think it’s also a place where you can kind of celebrate being who you are. You can make yourself, you can be whoever you want to be on Instagram which is fun… that’s also dangerous, but it’s really fun for people like me.”
She’s not oblivious to the media scrutiny surrounding her either. But Miley thinks people have the wrong idea about who she really is – calm and collected at heart.
“I think people try to make me seem a lot less centered than I am,” she shared candidly. “I’m not one of those people that go, ‘I’m not what you see on TV,’ ‘cause I am exactly what you see on TV. I’m who I am, and you see what I’m doing, and I’ll never say, ‘Oh I’m so sorry, I didn’t mean that.’”
The star takes full responsibility for her actions too, admitting she’s not exempt from making mistakes.
“You make choices and sometimes they’re right, sometimes they’re wrong just like in life,” she explained. “Mine are magnified and people kind of try to make you seem out of control when actually I’m a pretty, happy, centered person that likes to do a lot of things for people.”
Watch our interview with Miley above and tune in to Entertainment Tonight tonight for more of our sit-down with Miley. Then check ETonline next week to see what she shared about upcoming music and yes… Justin Bieber.
All proceeds from Miley’s Viva Glam line go to the MAC AIDS Fund.
“I went on tour for a while and I feel like I got to do some soul searching in a way,” she said. “What did I want my music to mean? What do I kind of want my life to mean? If I’m going to sell something, and people are going to rush to get it– I want it to kind of mean something.”
Miley Cyrus is continuing her support of the “Free the Nipple” campaign and film by contributing a song to the film’s soundtrack. Today (Dec. 15), the Bangerz singer’s cover of Melanie Safka’s “Look What They’ve Done to My Song, Ma” arrived online, and it’s a whole new side of the outrageous pop star.
“Look what they’ve done to my brain, ma / Look what they’ve done to y brain / They picked it like a chicken bone / And they think I’m half-insane, ma / Look what they’ve done to my brain, ma,” Cyrus sings softly, giving the song an old school rock ‘n’ roll feel, which is exactly what the film was going for.
“It’s more rock ‘n’ roll,” Free The Nipple’s director Lina Esco told Variety in November. “It’s very Johnny Cash. Her voice is so raw, and the song is so raw.”
Indeed, there is a different side of Cyrus showcased here. She took the 1971 single and gave it a soft, subtle makeover. With a bit of a reggae beat behind her, Cyrus’s voice blends into the mix, giving the track a dissonant, fuzzy and vintage feel.
Listen to Miley Cyrus’s cover of “Look What They’ve Done to My Song” below:
Miley Cyrus debuted a new original song while performing at Art Basel Wednesday night called “The Twinkle Song,” she said was inspired by her friend’s cat dying.
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“I’ve never played by myself on a stage before and U’ve never played a song that I’ve only played in my living room before, so I’m a little nervous,” she said standing before her audience in a sparkling silver wig.
She explained the song had been inspired by dreams the night her friend’s cat died, saying, “I feel like her cat kind of told me what I was supposed to say to get her through it… It was more therapy to me than anything.”
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In the same performance, Cyrus smoked pot onstage, sang a duet with a topless woman and was joined by Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips.