Miley Cyrus Scandals And Controversies Ranked
Miley Cyrus went from being one of Disney’s little darlings to one of the most controversial young figures in Hollywood today. It didn’t take her long either. In just one year, the “twerking” actress/singer has managed to totally transform the public’s opinion with her scandalous behavior. Here are 24 secrets and scandals involving the former teen idol…
24. Her Provocative Vanity Fair Shoot
In 2008, Miley received an endless amount of backlash after posing for the June cover of Vanity Fair wearing only a bedsheet. Cyrus apologized to fans for the provocative spread: “I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be ‘artistic’ and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed. I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about.”
23. The Phone Hack
In July 2008, the “Hannah Montana” star’s phone was hacked and photos of her in the shower and bearing her midriff hit the web with a vengeance. The pictures were allegedly meant for personal purposes only and were taken for her then-boyfriend Nick Jonas.
22. Dating An Underwear Model
Miley Cyrus was only 15-years-old when she started dating Justin Gaston, a 20-year-old underwear model, but her father Billy Ray Cyrus defended the coupling, saying he didn’t see a problem with it and calling the relationship “a good thing.”
21. More Questionable Photos
In February 2009, the singer was criticized for mocking Asian people when a photo of her pulling the skin back from her eyes surfaced. In her apology, she slammed the media for making a big deal out of nothing. “In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity! I was simply making a goofy face. When did that become newsworthy? It seems someone is trying to make something out of nothing to me. If that would of been anyone else, it would of been overlooked! I definitely feel like the press is trying to make me out as the new ‘BAD GIRL’!”
20. Entitled Much?
At the 2009 Grammy’s, the Hannah Montana star sent her manager to ask Radiohead if they wanted to come and meet her. When they snubbed her request, Cyrus vowed to “ruin them.” In response, lead singer Thom Yorke said, “When Miley grows up, she’ll learn not to have such a sense of entitlement.”
19. Stripper Pole Performance
A 16-year-old Miley Cyrus used a stripper pole during her performance of “Party in the USA” at the Teen Choice Awards in August 2009. However, dad, Billy Ray, didn’t see anything wrong with the provocative routine. “You know what? I just think that Miley loves entertaining people,” he told Access Hollywood.
18. Grinding An Older Man
The 16-year-old star raised even more eyebrows when she was caught on video grinding on the lap of The Last Song director, Adam Shankman, at a wrap party for the movie during the summer of 2009. The director was 44-years-old!
17. Smoking a Bong!
In 2010, Miley Cyrus received more bad publicity when a video surfaced of her smoking from a bong during a party. According to her reps, it wasn’t a big deal – she was smoking a legal hallucinogen known as Salvia.
16. Self Proclaimed “Stoner”
Even though the “Party in the USA” singer talked herself out of a bong scandal the year before, in November 2011, she was caught on tape calling herself a stoner at her birthday party after receiving a Bob Marley cake. In the video, Cyrus also admitted to smoking “too much weed.”
15. Yet Another Suggestive Dessert
In January 2012, photos surfaced of the attention-seeking performer giving her fiancé Liam Hemsworth a birthday cake shaped like a penis and posing with it in a really provocative manner.
14. Her Rocky Engagement
When she was only 19, Miley got engaged to actor Liam Hemsworth. However, after he reportedly cheated on her with January Jones, and following her controversial twerking performance at the 2013 VMAs, the couple split and announced that the engagement was over!
13. The Revealing “We Can’t Stop” Video
In June 2013, the actress-singer released her video for the song “We Can’t Stop.” The video featured scenes of her twerking with teddy bears, shaking her butt provocatively for the cameras, giving spankings and fondling men, all while wearing a revealing leotard.
12. The “Wrecking Ball” of VMA Performances
One can’t deny that the “Wrecking Ball” singer solidified her transformation from Disney darling to wild child with her performance at the 2013 VMAs. During the performance, Miley stripped from a leotard to a bra and panties while she gyrated with a bunch of stuffed bears and twerked against fellow performer, Robin Thicke.
11. Flaunting Her Drug Use
In September 2013, The Last Song star told Rolling Stone how much she loves weed. She admitted that she once smoked a joint with peyote it and that she loves molly (ecstasy).
10. Video Controversy
The controversy-loving starlet’s music video for “Wrecking Ball” has been criticized for being overtly sexual while having no congruity with the song’s message. In the video, Cyrus prances around in her underwear, suggestively fellates a sledgehammer, and swings around on a wrecking ball naked, all while singing about the deterioration of a relationship.
9. Dissing Sinead’s Advice
When Miley Cyrus compared her video for “Wrecking Ball” to Sinead O’Connor’s video for “Nothing Compares 2 U,” O’Connor voiced concern for the wild star in an open letter, saying “The music business will prostitute you for all you are worth and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted.” Cyrus snapped back on Twitter with, “Sinead. I don’t have time to write you an open letter cause I’m hosting & performing on SNL this week.”
8. Concerned Collaborators
When Wiz Khalifa was working with Miley Cyrus on his new album Black Hollywood, he admitted that he was shocked by how much pot she smoked. “Every five minutes she kept being like, ‘Wiz, you don’t have a joint rolled? What’s up?’” Khalifa told Arsenio Hall.
7. Taking Tips From Biebs
During her Bangerz tour, the attention-seeking starlet spat water onto fans during concerts in Tampa, Milwaukee, and Atlanta. Sounds a bit like something similar controversial singer, Justin Bieber, would do.
6. The Perry Kiss Snub
During Miley Cyrus’ Los Angeles concert, she tried to slip Katy Perry some tongue for the kiss camera, but the “I Kissed a Girl” singer wasn’t having it. When Perry told Australian TV that she didn’t know where Cyrus’ “tongue has been,” the “Bangerz” star fought back on Twitter by taking stabs at Perry’s ex boyfriend, John Mayer. “Girl if ur worried abt where tongues have been good thing ur ex boo is ur EX BOO cause we ALL know where THAT (tongue) been.”
5. Miley’s Crazy Antics
Miley Cyrus is becoming known for her crazy antics. During her Bangerz tour, she faked oral sex with a man wearing a Bill Clinton mask, simulated masturbation, and wore a leotard decorated with marijuana leaves.
4. Star Hook Ups
In February 2014, the Hannah Montana star reportedly hooked up with Oscar-winner Jared Leto. Sources claim that she spent a night at Leto’s house where they discussed music and art.
3. Accused of Peer Pressure
Even though Joe Jonas pointed the finger at Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato for pressuring him into smoking marijuana, the outspoken starlet wasn’t having it. “If you want to smoke weed, you’re going to smoke weed. There’s nothing that two little girls are going to do to get you to do what you don’t want to do,” Cyrus told the New York Times.
2. “Bangerz” Tour Under Fire
Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” tour has been called racist and exploitative because of her use of little people and black backup dancers. However, the controversial starlet doesn’t see it that way. “We’re making them feel sexual and beautiful,” she claims.
1. Drug Use On Stage
Surprise! The “Bangerz” star not only twerked at the European Music Awards, but she also lit up a joint on stage.