SINGER Miley Cyrus has returned fire on Sinead O'Connor over her message that the young singer was on the wrong path.
Sinead was originally named by Miley as a major influence for her latest video – ‘Wrecking Ball’ – but now the youngster has turned the tables.
Miley (20) said in an earlier interview with ‘Rolling Stone’ that the video had been inspired by O'Connor's iconic promo for her number one hit, ‘Nothing Compares 2 U'.
But the Bray-based singer (47) warned the US star that she was in danger of obscuring her talent by appearing naked in the video.
Although Sinead said the remarks were made “in the spirit of motherliness and with love”, Cyrus was furious.
She lashed out at Sinead yesterday and reposted screen grabs of a number of O'Connor's tweets from last year when Sinead, who has bipolar disorder, spoke about needing to be back on her meds.
Miley also drew a cruel comparison between Sinead’s erratic behaviour over the years and the troubles of young actress Amanda Bynes.
Callous Miley wrote: “Before Amanda Bynes. . . There was. . .” then tweeted a picture of Sinead’s infamous appearance on US comedy show ‘Saturday Night Live’ in 1992 when she tore up a picture of the Pope.
Sinead’s website crashed last night as Cyrus's legion of fans attempted to read the Irish singer’s letter.
The Irish singer posted a second letter to her website slamming the 'Wrecking Ball' singer for poking fun at her mental health.
She also threatened legal action over the tweets Cyrus posted to her page.
However Cyrus responded to the second letter by tweeting: "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting & performing on SNL this week."
"So if youd like to meet up and talk lemme know in your next letter. :)" She said in another tweet.
But many online tweeters came out in force to back Sinead as being appropriately mindful of Miley’s welfare and they said Cyrus’s tweeting was “the worst possible way to respond”.
Singer Niall Breslin said: “Miley Cyrus’s reply to Sinead O'Connor once again manages to reinforce the stigma on mental health. Miley indeed is a horrible human being.”
Blogger Perez Hilton also commented: “We understand Miley's feelings may have been hurt after hearing Sinead's less than approving words, especially after Miley said Sinead was her inspiration for the Wrecking Ball video. But still – it is never okay to poke fun at mental health. Ever.”
Sinead said in the open letter that Miley’s naked appearance was “absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women.”
She added that it wasn’t a good idea “for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent.
“The music business doesn’t give a s*** about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth.
“None of the men ogling you give a sh** about you either, do not be fooled,” she added.