Miley Cyrus Deflects Criticism on 'Today': 'This Is Just Who I Am'

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Miley Cyrus performs on NBC's "Today" on October 7, 2013 in New York, NY. 

Not long after her "Saturday Night Live" gig this past weekend, Miley Cyrus took to "Today" Monday morning (Oct. 7) to debrief following "SNL," the VMAs and her spat late last week with Sinead O'Connor, one day before the release of her newest album, "Bangerz."

As usual, Cyrus was incredibly candid and remarkably unassuming concerning the controversy that's swirled around her in the last month. Each question "Today" host Matt Lauer had, Miley often answered with the oral equivalent of a shrug. "I don't ever really plan to offend people, but sometimes it just happens because I think people, you know, they're not open to what they don't understand," she replied when Lauer inquired about her intentions with the performance of "We Can't Stop" at this year's VMAs.

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At the same time, she has no qualms. "It went exactly as planned," Cyrus said. "It's a month later and we're still talking about it."

Lauer also hit on an important point: is it tough, as a former child star, to toe the line and move on from child star to adult performer? Again, Miley was unabashedly casual. "No, because this is just who I am," she said. "I think it's only hard if you're trying to be something you're not. Being who you are is really easy if you're really true to that."

Cyrus quelled the possibility of a continuing feud between the pop star and O'Connor, who penned an open letter to Miley last Thursday (Oct. 3) urging her to not allow herself "to be pimped" by the music industry. Some choice tweets from Cyrus followed, and eventually O'Connor demanded an apology, lest she face legal action.

"I think she's an incredible artist. I think she's an awesome songwriter and I was really inspired by her for my 'Wrecking Ball' video, which was what started the whole thing," she explained. "I don't know how someone can start a fight with somebody that's saying, 'Hey, I really respect you and I really love what you did. You know what? You suck!' And that was kind of crazy, But, like I said, I'm a big fan of hers and so it doesn't really matter. It's all good. You can write as many open letters as you want. That's really what blogging is. I get open letters every day; it's nothing too new for me."

Tish Cyrus, Miley's mother, was in the audience, and Lauer inquired whether or not the singer's parents had much influence on her anymore. "I trust them a lot, so I can pretty much to go them with anything that a lot of kids that have to hide things from their parents... I don't have to, because my parents are just accepting. That's what real love is... unconditional.

Cyrus performed the first two singles from "Bangerz," "We Can't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball," on the morning show, as well as her 2009 monster hit "Party in the U.S.A."