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Miley Cyrus breaks her silence about VMA performance

By Lisa Respers France, CNN
updated 7:13 AM EDT, Wed September 4, 2013
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Miley Cyrus speaks out on her controversial performance
  • She said it's to be expected at the MTV Video Music Awards
  • Cyrus said the public is thinking about it more than she did

(CNN) -- Miley Cyrus has a message for the haters: You are overthinking it.

The singer has broken her silence regarding the MTV Video Music Awards performance that set tongues wagging (and some other parts shaking as folks tried to imitate her twerking).

Cyrus, in an interview feature on that network's site, said she doesn't "pay attention to the negative."

Wait, Miley did what?!

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Miley Cyrus became a household name for families when her Disney Channel television show, "Hannah Montana," premiered in 2006. From there, Cyrus quickly rose to pop star fame and has been changing her appearance ever since. Miley Cyrus became a household name for families when her Disney Channel television show, "Hannah Montana," premiered in 2006. From there, Cyrus quickly rose to pop star fame and has been changing her appearance ever since.
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Miley Cyrus stunned the crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 25. Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" performance featured her now-signature twerking and a crotch grab or two. After she donned the fuzzy gray leotard pictured here ... Miley Cyrus stunned the crowd at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, August 25. Cyrus' "We Can't Stop" performance featured her now-signature twerking and a crotch grab or two. After she donned the fuzzy gray leotard pictured here ...
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Why we can't stop talking about Miley

"Me and Robin (Thicke) the whole time said, 'You know we're about to make history right now,' " Cyrus said in a clip provided to MTV.

Cyrus' dance routine and provocative outfit were the talk of the VMAs, and the former child star is fully aware they have garnered her what most celebs covet -- the public's attention.

Opinion: Miley is sexual, get over it

She points out in the clip that what she did is nothing new.

Let's not let Robin Thicke off the hook

"How many times have we seen this play out in pop music?" Cyrus asked. "Madonna's done it, Britney's done it. Every VMA performance. Anyone that performs, that's what you're looking for. You are wanting to make history."

Miley Cyrus upholds MTV VMA tradition

She goes on to say in the clip, which was reportedly recorded three days after the performance, that it's amazing how much buzz the whole thing has garnered.

"You are thinking about it more than I thought about it when I did it," Cyrus said. "I didn't even think about it when I did it because that's just me."

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