Miley Cyrus defends her old mucker Justin Bieber over his controversies and exploits and says that less-than stellar moments in the Canadian’s childhood were “exploited” and he should be given “time to grow up.”
Is she right?
Miley Cyrus, like Justin Bieber, knows the spotlight can become a harsh searchlight.
While both are former child stars, the killing off of “Hannah Montana” and all that wholesome Disneyness was instigated and shoved down our collective throats by Cyrus herself. By and large, it’s been embraced by media and even non-fans as an expression of a good time-gal’s liberation — and even feminism, by some.
In contrast — for Bieber — the stripping of his once untouchable, pristine prepubescent pop prince-ness has been a brutal transition, amid a clear sense that things got away from him.
It had been thought this was only due to Bieber’s marijuana-enhanced run-ins with the law and more naive mentality of his family background, compared to the glitzy, moneyed Cyrus clan who instinctively knew how to handle public heat over her VMAs twerk-fest last year.
Now, with the release of two videos of Bieber cluelessly using the N-word when he was 14 and 15-years-old, in moments that playback as much longer than the real time minutes they actually lasted, we see that a sword of damocles has hung over the “Baby” star’s career right from the start as extortionists reportedly slow-dripped money demands to suppress footage.
Did that have an effect on Bieber’s mind, view of the world, a growing, knowing fear that the sky would fall in one day?
Speaking on Australia’s The Today Show earlier this week as her Bangerz tour continues in Oz, Miley defended Bieber’s child/teen integrity stumbles.
When asked for an overview on Justin’s infamous year-plus – which includes funny exploits, less funny missteps, legal challenges, and the recent racism storm – Cyrus’ compassion was clear.
“I think people need to sit and think about the times in their life that [when] they were not proud of who they were,” she said.
Alt-J have explained the origin of Hunger of the Pine, a new track that samples Miley Cyrus. The group apparently wrote their latest single after listening to a remix of Cyrus’s song 4X4, then “got in touch” with the pop star to ask if they could sample her voice.
“She was cool with it,” frontman Joe Newman told DIY Mag. “She’s been really supportive of us, and she’s a fan … For us, it just adds that unexpected element to it.”
Cyrus has long been using Alt-J’s song Fitzpleasure as part of her Bangerz live tour. But it also appears that the singer reached out to Alt-J drummer Thom Green to remix 4X4. Green was working on the new version of the Bangerz track around the time Alt-J were writing new material, and he started manipulating clips during one of their jams.
“I was playing the guitar and Thom was responding to what I was doing on Ableton and before we knew it, we’d come up with this really interesting structure, and I came up with lyrics for it quite quickly,” Newman recalled. “It sounded cool with what Joe was playing on the guitar,” added keyboardist Gus Unger-Hamilton.
By the time Green put the Cyrus remix aside, it was already too late. “Subconsciously – although we weren’t aware of it – what we were writing after listening to the remix had the same key as the remix, and the same pace,” Newman said. “So, when we had established the boundaries of that song, we looked back on the remix … and that [line] ‘I’m a female rebel’ just came up and I was like … ‘Can we try using it?’”
You can listen to Hunger of the Pine here. The song will appear on This Is All Yours, the follow-up to their 2012 debut, An Awesome Wave. It’s out on 22 September.
Miley Cyrus managed to give a young fan named Caley Camarillo a smile an hour before she died Friday by sending the girl a personal video.
Caley’s mother, Teresa, posted the video that Cyrus sent to the cystic fibrosis patient to Facebook this past weekend, along with the bittersweet message: “I just wanted to share how things go full circle. Miley Cyrus was the very first celebrity that Caley was into and the very first celebrity she met … Miley Cyrus sent this to Caley and she was able to watch it an hour before she had passed … She managed to let out a smile. I take great comfort in this for some reason.”
In the video message, Cyrus is upbeat, but speaks from the heart: “Hey Caley, it’s Miley,” she said. “I know we met a few years ago but I want to let you know that I’m still praying for you, I’m still thinking about you, I’m sending you some love, and I just want you to know that you on are on my mind and in my heart and I just wanted to send you a quick message to say hello to you.”
She also tweeted in honor of the young girl on Sunday.
Tonight’s show is for @MissCaley