The 20-year-old said she still considers herself an “underdog”, but “in a cool way”.
The ‘Wrecking Ball’ singer was speaking about herself in a new cover interview with Cosmopolitan magazine.
Cyrus attracted criticism at this year’s VMAs with her raunchy performance with singer Robin Thicke, but told the magazine her ‘haters’ don’t upset her.
“Everything is so chaotic and crazy right now...I'm literally what everyone is talking about,” she told the December issue.
“I don’t want to say that I’m on top right now – I feel like I’m kind of an underdog in a cool way. It’s almost punk rock to like me because it’s not the right thing to do. Like, society wants to shut me down.”
And the singer hasn’t become tired of speaking about her much-talked about appearance at the VMAs either.
“When people started complaining about the awards show, I was like, "Have you never seen the f***ing video?” she said.
“And what if I hadn’t done that performance? The VMAs would have been bad. They would have been missing something. The show was kind of making fun of how serious the pop industry is.”
Cyrus, known for her trademark pose of sticking out her tongue, said she’s been focusing on her music since her split from her actor fiancé Liam Hemsworth in September.
“I need to treat my music like a relationship, give it my time and all the attention it deserves, and that’s my main love right now,” she said.
“This is the best time of my life. I’m not going to look back on it and be like, "I wish I hadn’t been dwelling over a breakup," you know? Because that’s not what God wants my life to be about right now.”