Miley Cyrus Says She Looked Like a "Creepy, Sexy Baby" at the VMAs, Is "Terrified" of Chihuahuas

Celebrity News Sep. 27, 2013 AT 6:45PM
Miley Cyrus on the cover of Rolling Stone In more outrageous outtakes from her Rolling Stone interview, Miley Cyrus says she was going for a "creepy, sexy baby" look at the MTV VMAs Credit: Rolling Stone

Not a girl, not yet a woman? Miley Cyrus can't seem to decide if she wants to just be a kid or if she wants to prove she's an adult -- which could explain recent headline-making antics like her sex-fueled VMAs performance, her naked "Wrecking Ball" video, and her statement that "weed is the best drug on earth." In new outtakes from the 20-year-old "We Can't Stop" singer's beyond-candid Rolling Stone interview, she explains to contributing editor Josh Eells that her raunchy VMAs appearance grew out of an "obsession" she had with an "adult baby" persona.

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"I know what I'm doing. I know I'm shocking you. When I'm dressed in that teddy bear thing, I think that's funny," she says, referring to her costume for the show, a leotard designed to look like the face of a cartoonish bear. "I was saying yesterday, I had this obsession about this character that's like an adult baby. Like, if you see a baby do something like that, it's so warped and weird, but there's something creepily hot about it. So when I'm in that teddy bear suit, I'm like a creepy, sexy baby."

Speaking of things that are creepy, Cyrus tells Rolling Stone that she is not a fan of felines. "Cats are f--king creepy. Oh my God, cats are creepy," the pop star says. "Every time I see a cat, I think it's gonna turn on me. It's gonna turn for the worst. I don't ever see loyalty in cats. They're gonna scratch you, and then run away. Same with little dogs."

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She continues: "Did you know Yorkies were bred to kill mice in the Queen's palace? I had a Yorkshire Terrier -- and if I was a rat, it definitely would have eaten me. And Chihuahuas are the most scary animals on the planet. I'm terrified of Chihuahuas."

Other critters and creatures are fine, she says -- as long as she's not on top of them. "I love animals, but I don't really like riding animals. Like, I don't love being on a horse -- it's just not my thing," she explains. "I feel kinda bad. Like, I just want to pet you. I don't really want to put you to work."

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Cyrus doesn't mind being put to work herself, though. "I said I was going to take a year off before I made this record, [Bangerz]. But it's hard to take a break," she muses. "It's almost depressing when you're not working. You're so used to people calling your name, and that energy, and when you don't have it anymore...That's why I never complain about people wanting autographs or pictures. Because if there were a few days where no one asked, I'd probably be like, 'What the f--k's going on? Do people not like me?'"

She feels similarly ambivalent -- like some other superstars, perhaps -- about photographers clamoring to get a shot of her on the street. As she tells Eells: "I hate the paparazzi -- but when they're not sitting there waiting for you, you're like, 'Who's bigger news? Who are you trying to get a picture of?'" 

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For the moment, at least, few stars are as talked-about as Cyrus. Critics and fans alike are watching her every move as she gears up for the release of her much-anticipated new record, Bangerz, on Oct. 4.

"It's coming out soon, so right now I'm listening to it 20,000 times to make sure it's perfect. I have to make sure every detail is perfect," she says of her fourth studio LP, her follow-up to 2010's Can't Be Tamed. "There are albums that people are still listening to, like Michael Jackson's Bad, because it's so f--king dope. I want people to listen to my album like that."

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The former Hannah Montana actress notes that she went through a phase where she listened only to the Pixies -- and she imagines her fans will have a similar connection to her music. "I'm going to be that artist to so many people, so I want to make sure my record is the best it can be," she tells Rolling Stone. "I'm trying to set a new standard for pop music. So it has to live up."

For even more outtakes from Rolling Stone's interview with Miley Cyrus, visit RollingStone.com.

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