With her desire to grow into more mature roles, like the one she plays in "The Last Song," opening Friday, and her decision to take a break from music after releasing her new album this June, Cyrus is setting herself up to make the difficult leap from child star to adult superstar.
The transition hasn't been without a few controversies. In 2008, racy photos leaked online of the teen star in nothing but a bra and underwear. That scandal was followed by an uproar over her photo spread in Vanity Fair, in which the teen was photographed covered only in a sheet.
She apologized for the Vanity Fair photo shoot, saying, "It still hurts when I think about it — but you know what? It doesn't mean that you can't move on." She was under fire again when a photo appeared online of her pulling at the corners of her eyes in a gesture that appeared to mock Asians.
Cyrus also found herself embroiled in a few feuds. She got into a YouTube battle with Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato that was later downplayed by all parties involved after Cyrus apologized. She also took aim at Radiohead, whom she threatened to "ruin" after they wouldn't meet her at the Grammy Awards in 2009.
However, it was Jamie Foxx who came under fire for comments he made about the teen star, saying she needed to make a sex tape and do drugs. He apologized, but her dad, Billy Ray, called Foxx's comments "hurtful."
At the Teen Choice Awards in 2009, Cyrus performed her hit "Party in the U.S.A," dancing around an ice-cream-cart pole that many said resembled a stripper pole. Just last month, her duet with Bret Michaels, "Nothin' to Lose," leaked online, and its suggestive lyrics left some uncomfortable.
Perhaps Cyrus' biggest moment came when she left Twitter behind for good in October. Although it was initially believed she left the site for beau Liam Hemsworth, she later said that she quit the site to have more privacy. "I think that everyone should leave Twitter," she said. "I think Twitter should just be banned from this universe."
What's next for Cyrus? With plans to release an album this summer and focus on her movie career, Cyrus and her outspoken nature will certainly continue to turn heads. In the meantime, fans can enjoy her final season donning the blond wig as Hannah Montana.
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