Miley Cyrus has been the talk of the town for the past few weeks, shocking people with her bizarre performances, racy music videos and outlandish appearances. But perhaps it's all a part of an elaborate public image campaign, which seems to be quite successful in promoting her new album, "BANGERZ."
Cyrus stopped by the "Today" show this morning (Oct. 7) and admitted that she doesn't pay attention to the critics ... she just is who she is.
"I don't ever really plan to offend people, but sometimes that happens because I think people, they're not open to what they don't understand," she told Matt Lauer, adding that her VMA performance went exactly as planned, considering people are still talking about it.
The 20-year-old "Wrecking Ball" singer added that transitioning from a child star to an adult artist isn't as "tricky" as it appears to be, saying, "This is just who I am."
"It's only hard if you're trying to be something you're not," Cyrus explained. "Being who you are is really easy, if you're really true to that."
As for who she really is, Cyrus admitted that, despite appearances, her goal is to treat others with respect.
"For me the most important thing is being a really good person and that doesn't depend on what you do on stage, that depends on how your treat people when you're off stage," she said, "and I know how I treat people, so I'm not really to worried about it."
And although many people would assume Ms. Cyrus has a ton of regrets, the former "Hannah Montana" star says she's happy with the decisions she's made and is looking forward to her tour.
"I can't change anything, can't go back," she explained. "I can do a lot of things, but I can't change the past ... I just live my life the way it is, and I don't really regret anything."