Over the span of her career, Miley Cyrus has worn a lot of hats—from squeaky-clean Disney star, to cheeky wannabe trap queen, to her recent country rebirth. But one thing that’s been consistent throughout the many phases of her career has been a propensity for confidence and self-love, and now she’s using the comfort she has with her individuality to silence haters from as far back as a decade ago.
If you are to cast your mind back to 2008—a simpler time, when the most newsworthy thing about Kanye was how much of a jam “Flashing Lights” was and Obama was elected into office—Miley Cyrus was a Disney Channel star, as ubiquitous as she was seemingly wholesome, trying to be taken seriously in her transition into a pop star. It was during this Mileymania that the then-15-year-old starlet appeared partially clothed on the cover of Vanity Fair, as part of a shoot with famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.
Given the actresses’ position at the time as the face of the Disney Channel, the cover—which as you can see, by 2018 standards, is incredibly tame – was met with widespread criticism based on how Cyrus was presenting herself given her young, impressionable fanbase. And although the impact of the photos were nothing compared to controversy-magnet of 2013’s Bangerz-era Miley, the young star issued an apology to the New York Post that she was “so embarrassed, I never intended for any of this to happen”, which the publication ran under the scathing front-page headline ‘MILEY’S SHAME’.
It might be ten years later, but there’s no statute of limitations on apologies, and after a tweet from Miley earlier this week marking the decade-long anniversary of the headline, the New York Post can consider that “sorry” to be withdrawn:
IM NOT SORRY
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) April 29, 2018
The singer further elaborated on the tweet during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel, saying “that’s not a nice thing, to tell someone they should be ashamed of themselves”, and that her position as a role model doesn’t mean that she should feel ashamed for being herself, but rather try to inspire others with her “free-spiritedness and sometimes my unapologetic attitude for decisions that I feel comfortable with.”
Watch Miley explain more of her philosophy of self-love and #noregrets in the video below: