Miley Cyrus's transition back into a sweet, wholesome pop star with the release of "Malibu" may have been triggered by being over "sexualized" by the media and music industry.
"It became something that was expected of me. I didn't want to show up to photo shots and be the girl who would get my tits out and stick out my tongue," she told Harper's Bazaar in the magazine's August cover story. "In the beginning, it was kind of saying, 'F-k you. Girls should be able to have this freedom or whatever.' But it got to a point where I did feel sexualized."
“Even at the Met Gala, everyone had their boobs out, everyone had their ass out, so what's punk about that now?” she added. “It's more punk actually for me to not.”
After actively promoting a bad girl image with very little clothing, lots of twerking and lots of weed, Cyrus said she's in a "transition phase" in which she doesn't "give a f-ck about being cool" and just wants to be herself.
“People get told that it's a bad thing to change,” she said. “Like, people will say, 'You've changed.' And that's supposed to be derogatory.”
Cyrus believes it's a good thing to keep changing and is disheartened to hear fans ask for the “old Miley back,” when she's “right here.”
“I feel really kind of far away from that person,” she said. “I just want people to see that this is who I am right now. I'm not saying I've never been myself, who I was on the last record was really who I am. It's just myself has been a lot of different people because I change a lot.”
But the 24-year-old artist isn't hiding under a rock, Cyrus realizes that she created controversy throughout the years and people are drawn to that.
“People were so shocked by some of the things that I did,” she said. “It's no wonder that a lot of people lose their way and lose who they really are because they always have people telling them who to be.”
One of the biggest changes that recently made headlines was Cyrus' decision to stop smoking, but the singer wants to clarify that it's temporary.
“Just for now. To quote the wise Justin Bieber, 'Never say never.' But right now I want to be clear.”