Miley Cyrus has gotten a lot of people talking over the past couple of months, but she hasn’t done a whole lot of talking herself. Now, after a controversial performance at the MTV VMAs, a hosting gig at SNL, and an album release that tells the story of a relationship from start to finish, she’s ready to talk a little about her crazy year.
“They’ve actually shown more respect,” she says of her fans. “I don’t really look up anything, so maybe they haven’t been showing respect. But from what I’ve seen, people have actually focused on my music right now when I’ve needed them to.”
As for the album itself, the first video–for “Wrecking Ball”–blew up on Vevo and the single dominated the charts for weeks. Cyrus says it’s pretty clear when you listen to the album what it’s about. After an on-again-off-again relationship with fiance Liam Hemsworth, the two called it quits recently.
“I think it says that with starting with Adore You and ending with Someone Else. I feel like you can find this arch of growth. … I think I knew more intuitively where my life was going than what I actually thought I did at the time,” she said.
The 20-year old says she’s not dating anyone else right now because she doesn’t have time…which is also the reason she gave Sinead O’Connor for not responding to a scathing open letter the musician wrote to her recently.
“I am happy to hear I am somewhat of a role model for you and I hope that because of that you will pay close attention to what I am telling you,” O’Connor wrote. “The music business doesn’t give a sh– about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted.. and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, “they” will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone.”
As for the breakup and all the rest of the drama Cyrus has seen this year, she says she’s ready to move on, even if the rest of us haven’t gotten there yet.
“People spend more time thinking about it than I really do,” she said. “I believe when a chapter is done, you have to close it and start that new one.”