Social media hurts your brain, says Cyrus
POP diva Miley Cyrus has opened up to Australian television about her life, saying Googling yourself is bad for your brain and Elvis was a "twerker".
Speaking ahead of her Australian tour, the former squeaky-clean child star of Hannah Montana also spoke about why she posted images of herself smoking marijuana on social media.
"I put pictures of me smoking weed, I'm not going to lie, on my Instagram because I was brought up in a way that we never thought marijuana was bad," she told Channel Seven on Sunday evening.
"I don't promote it in my songs... it's not like I'm sitting around telling a bunch of kids to do a bunch of drugs."
Pressed on the topic, the 21-year-old American, who has "love your brain" tattooed on her body, replied: "You know what hurts your brain? Googling yourself.
"You know what hurts your brain? Instagram. You know what hurts your brain? Sitting there reading comments on Facebook.
"I have a 14-year-old sister, and I go through her comments and people are calling her a slut and that's a 14-year-old. So I think that's hurting your brain."
Despite Cyrus winning video of the year for Wrecking Ball at the Aug 24 MTV Video Music Awards - where she also made headlines by staying offstage and sending a homeless man to accept the award on her behalf - she has been unable to shake off the "twerking" controversy of the previous edition.
That was when she performed last year in a flesh-toned bikini, and bent over and gyrated provocatively with singer Robin Thicke.
It was a point she acknowledged in the interview.
"No one talked about him (Thicke) or what he was doing, it was all my fault," she said.
"It's funny, I just never thought anything about it. Literally, I never thought, 'Oh this is like a married dude that I'm dancing with this way.'
"Elvis, he wasn't wearing the outfits I was wearing... I mean no one wants to admit it, that Elvis was twerking. He was."