And it might have been all by design, the 20-year-old admits in her new MTV documentary Miley: The Movement.
In it, she says the eyebrow-raising antics that have gripped both the show biz and social media spectrums, such as the raunchy VMAs duet with Robin Thicke -- amount to "a strategic hot mess."
"You're always gonna make people talk," the entertainer reasons. "You'd rather make then talk for two weeks, instead of two seconds."
Miley also addressees head-on, those who decry her for shedding her innocent, Disney-cultivated, wholesome image of her Hannah Montana days.
"People always want to call it a transition," she said. "It's not a transition. It's a movement. It's a growth. It's a change."
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