Miley: My mum's still proud of me
Miley Cyrus has defended her new raunchy image, insisting she would stop what she was doing if she didn't still make her mother proud.
The 17-year-old singer and actress has received criticism recently for performing provocative dances in barely-there outfits and simulating lesbian kisses with dancers on stage.
Miley said: "It's just kind of a sad thing to think about people and how they are. I never really let it affect me. My mom is at the side of that stage and if I ever felt I was disappointing her or not making her proud, I would not do the things I do, but she's proud of me every time."
The young star, who rose to fame as Hannah Montana on the Disney Channel says her new single Can't Be Tamed is "all about breaking free, being who you are and not being afraid to tell the world to back off sometimes, and do your thing and do what makes you happy."
Miley insists she won't behave a certain way just because people associate her with Disney.
She said: "I'm very open about being my own person. Disney Channel is a huge group and I'm very lucky to have worked with them.
"But again like I don't care how big a company is. You can't say, 'You can't do this' or 'You have to do that,' because then I'm not an artist. Then you're a robot. That's not who I am."