2019 American Music Awards

Miley Cyrus Retracts Apology for Controversial Vanity Fair Portrait From 2008

Miley Cyrus was on a joyful throwback photo tweeting spree Sunday afternoon (April 29) when she resurfaced a 10-year-old scandal for which she once expressed regret. She is now taking back that apology.

The singer posted the cover of a 2008 issue of the New York Post, which ran the sensational headline "MILEY'S SHAME," followed by the lede "TV's 'Hannah' apologizes for near-nude pic."

"IM NOT SORRY," Cyrus tweeted Sunday. "Fuck YOU."

In 2008, at the age of 15, Cyrus worked with renowned photographer Annie Leibovitz for a feature in Vanity Fair. One of her portraits shows the young star, then famous for her role on the Disney Channel's Hannah Montana, wrapped in what looks to be just a satin sheet, with the skin of her back exposed.

In a caption for the photo published in that Vanity Fair interview, Cyrus did not seem fazed by the pose potentially being seen as controversial: “No, I mean I had a big blanket on," she was quoted as saying. "And I thought, 'This looks pretty, and really natural.' I think it’s really artsy.”

But when a media frenzy ensued, Cyrus did issue an apology as Disney attempted to protect her wholesome image.

“Unfortunately, as the article suggests, a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines,” a Disney spokesperson said at the time, while Cyrus released a statement of her own: “I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be ‘artistic,’ and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed. I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about."

Before bringing all of this up, though, Cyrus was just tweeting cute childhood pictures of herself "being extra AF" and "feeling myself." Take a trip down memory lane with her below.

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