With a controversial performance on the recent MTV Video Music Awards that made “twerking” a part of mainstream America’s vocabulary, Miley Cyrus is ready to continue “taking over the world” with this weekend’s appearance as guest host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live.
An open — and openly-critical — letter from Irish singer-songwriter Sinead O’Connor only added more fuel to the publicity fire this week. And that’s pretty convenient for Cyrus, whose new album, Bangerz, will be released Tuesday (Oct. 8).
In Miley: The Movement, an MTV documentary that premiered Wednesday (Oct. 2), however, Cyrus’ mother Tish clearly plays a key role in every aspect of her life and career.
“My mom is my homie,” Miley says. “If I win, she wins. Not because she’s my manager. Because she’s my mom.”
“Anyone who’s ever said, ‘Where’s her mother?’” Tish notes. “Right beside her through good, through bad, through arguments, through crying, through … I don’t care what. Right there.”
The documentary’s title reflects the singer’s natural evolution from her role on the Disney series Hannah Montana.
“For me, the movement needs to be something bigger than just a record,” Miley says. “For me, a movement is something that represents, like, taking over the world. … When I’m saying a movement, that’s the only way I know to describe what I’m doing. It’s not a transition. People always want to call it a transition. It’s not a transition. I’m the same human. I’ve got the same heart I did five years ago. Everything about me’s the same — same skin, same human. So it’s not a transition. … It’s a growth. It’s a change.”
Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish helped prepare their daughter for the spotlight.
“Miley grew up with a famous dad, so everything wasn’t so new to her,” Tish said. “She literally grew up in that world. I think it’s really what makes her understand what’s real, what’s show, what’s real life.
“Miley kind of gave up her childhood to be in the entertainment business. It’s kind of funny to think that just eight years ago, we were traveling around and all we had to worry about was winning nationals down in Florida with her cheerleading squad.”