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Miley Cyrus says Sinéad O'Connor's open letter criticizing 'Wrecking Ball' video 'deeply upset' her — but now she realizes the late singer was right that she was 'manipulated' by the music industry

Eve Crosbie   

Miley Cyrus says Sinéad O'Connor's open letter criticizing 'Wrecking Ball' video 'deeply upset' her — but now she realizes the late singer was right that she was 'manipulated' by the music industry
  • Miley Cyrus addressed her 2013 feud with Sinead O'Connor after the release of "Wrecking Ball."
  • Cyrus expressed regret over the way she retaliated, but said she had "no idea about the fragile mental state" O'Connor was in.

Miley Cyrus said Sinéad O'Connor's criticism of her "Wrecking Ball" music video "deeply upset" her at the time, but now she realizes the late singer was right about being "manipulated" by the music industry.

Speaking in her ABC special "Endless Summer Vacation: Continued (Backyard Sessions)," which aired Thursday, Cyrus reflected on her feud with the renowned Irish musician, who died at the age of 56 in July.

"At the time when I made 'Wrecking Ball,' I was expecting for there to be controversy and backlash, but I don't think I expected other women to put me down or turn on me, especially women that had been in my position before," Cyrus said.

In 2013, O'Connor published a lengthy open letter to her website after learning that Cyrus' memorable music video had been inspired by the video that accompanied her own 1990 hit, "Nothing Compares 2 U."

In it, O'Connor expressed "in the spirit of motherliness and with love" her concern about the former Disney Channel star's choice to be "naked and licking sledgehammers" and advised her not to let herself be "exploited" for her "sexual appeal."

Cyrus didn't take kindly to O'Connor's well-meaning words, and responded by mocking her mental health on X, the app formerly known as Twitter.

Now, however, the "Flowers" singer has expressed regret for the way that she retaliated and said she had "no idea about the fragile mental state" that O'Connor was in.

"I was also only 20 years old. So I could really only wrap my head around mental illness so much, and all that I saw was that another woman had told me that this idea was not my idea," Cyrus said.

Cyrus said that it turned out that O'Connor was right, and despite being "convinced" it was her idea to shoot the music video in that way, she now agrees she had been "manipulated" to "believe that it was my own idea."

However, she "still loves" the video.

"Our younger childhood triggers and traumas come up in weird and odd ways, and I think I had been judged for so long for my own choices that I was just exhausted and I finally was in a place of making my own choices and my own decisions," Cyrus said.

"To have that taken away from me deeply upset me," she concluded, before adding: "God bless Sinéad O'Connor, for real, in all seriousness."

Cyrus then performed the song "Wonder Woman," which appears on the album "Endless Summer Vacation," as the words "Dedicated to Sinead O'Connor" appeared on the screen. It's not known whether the special was filmed before O'Connor's death.

Back in 2013, after O'Connor published her letter, Cyrus responded by sharing screenshots of old X posts shared by O'Connor during a period of low mental health.

Cyrus also compared her to former child actor Amanda Bynes, who was undergoing psychiatric treatment. at the time.

O'Connor reacted with a follow-up open letter in which she chastised Cyrus for "mocking myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help."

Cyrus appeared to show that there were no hard feelings between the two when she released a mashup of "Wrecking Ball X Nothing Compares 2 U" as part of the album "Attention: Miley Live" in 2022.




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