Miley Cyrus is high — on life, that is. The 20-year-old star opens up in the December 2013 issue of Cosmopolitan about her crazy year and how she still surprisingly feels like the underdog — and likes it that way. The "Wrecking Ball" singer also makes clear that she won't be dwelling over her September split from fiance Liam Hemsworth that ended after four years of dating.
"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 says in the issue. "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?"
Indeed, Cyrus has been on the fast track this year — making headlines for her controversial "Blurred Lines" and "We Can't Stop" VMAs performance alongside R&B crooner Robin Thicke, hosting Saturday Night Live and landing the coveted cover spot on Rolling Stone in September.
"Everything is so chaotic and crazy right now and it's so much all at once, but I'm living for it," she says of the attention. "I'm just having the best time ever and everything's falling into place like it's supposed to. Even people who want to hate on me, they can't even shut down the fact that I’m literally what everyone is talking about."
She continues: "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."
But some fellow artists who haven't shut her down? "The support of other artists is important because there are not many people who can relate to what I'm going through right now. Kanye West is one of those people, and even Katy Perry has been so cool," she admits. "It's easy for Kanye to support me because we’re in totally separate lanes of competition, but for Katy to say that she appreciates what I'm really doing for the pop industry, that keeps you going. And I mean, who cares what the media buzz is if Kanye West is telling you that you're the shit?"
As for her VMAs performance — where it seemingly all began — Cyrus has no regrets. "When people started complaining about the awards show, I was like, 'Have you never seen the f-cking video?' 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."
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