Miley Cyrus Talks Bong Controversy, Future Plans

'I'm not perfect ... I made a mistake,' she tells Marie Claire magazine in a new cover story.

2011 has seen Miley Cyrus beginning to make the transition from Disney’s reigning queen to Hollywood heavyweight, as she officially said goodbye to her small-screen persona, Hannah Montana, and is now gearing up for the release of several high-profile movies. The change hasn’t been without growing pains, as the starlet recently has been the focus of a number of controversies, not the least of which was the now-infamous video that showed her smoking a bong with the herb salvia in it.

In the new issue of target="_blank">Marie Claire, the magazine’s cover girl admits that maybe she hasn’t been a flawless example to her young fans, but she’s trying her best.

“I’m not perfect … I made a mistake … I’m disappointed in myself for disappointing my fans,” Cyrus said of last year’s bong incident. When the interviewer reminded her that her behavior was something many kids her age do, she explained, “But they’re not Miley Cyrus. They’re not role models. So for me it was a bad decision, because of my fans and because of what I stand for.”

Cyrus also addressed some rumors regarding a photo that hit the Internet last November that showed her getting seemingly very cozy with Nickelodeon star Avan Jogia. Her explanation: “If you look at the picture, I’m turned away, and he’s kissing me on the cheek. It’s very hilarious to me that people say, ‘They’re making out.’ In making out, there’s a tongue.”

In addition to shaking up her Disney image, Cyrus also had to deal with the announced separation of her parents, but the teen superstar says she has no doubts that her clan will persevere. “Of course anyone is going to be upset when there are troubles in their family, but I have a lot of hope in our family, and no matter what happens, we’re gonna stay strong,” she said.

As for her plans for the year to come, Cyrus says she wants to “spread love and change the world in 2011.”