With last week’s release of her single “Malibu,” we’ve entered the era of Mellow Miley Cyrus.
Mellow Miley is older, wiser and has a few regrets ― namely the 2013 video for “Wrecking Ball.”
On Monday, the 24-year-old stopped by “The Zach Sang Show” and played a game of “Marry, Eff, Kill” with a twist. Using the traditional rules of the game, Cyrus was forced to reveal her true feeling about her hit songs on the radio show.
“Marry would probably be ‘The Climb’ because it still has a message I’m down with,” Cyrus said, adding she would “eff” her 2008 song “7 Things,” which is believed to be about her relationship with Nick Jonas.
“Kill would be ‘Wrecking Ball.’ That’s something you can’t take away ― swinging around naked on a wrecking ball lives forever,” she explained. “Once you do that in the mass that I did, it’s forever. I’m never living that down. I will always be the naked girl on a wrecking ball. No matter how much I just frolic with emus, I’m always the naked girl.”
“Wrecking Ball” was the second single off the singer’s 2013 album “Bangerz,” which, at the time, was part of a campaign to introduce the world to the New Miley, who smoked weed, popped molly, twerked and was accused of “degrading” a foam finger while she rubbed up against Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV VMAs.
At the time, Cyrus appeared to be trying to break free of what she perceived as family-friendly shackles imposed on her during her contract with Disney while starring on “Hannah Montana.”
This New Miley was supposed be the real one ― or so she thought.
“I feel like I can really be myself,” Cyrus told Billboard of “Bangerz” in 2013. “I really have more of a connection of who I am, and I feel like I can maybe express that more in my music now.”
That was early on in terms of New Miley, though. Her 2015 album “Dead Petz” ushered in an era that pushed boundaries even further, making the “Wrecking Ball” video look G-rated in comparison. During the tour, she performed wearing prothetic breasts and a strap-on dildo, while her videos became, well, just weird.
Cyrus didn’t get to pick which three songs to play “Marry, Eff, Kill” with, but her reaction to “Wrecking Ball” seems to indicate a new, more mature public face.
“I love talking to people, and I approach them in a normal, ‘Don’t treat me different, ’cause I’m not’ way. That’s what started this evolution for me, getting out of my ‘Dead Petz’ phase,” she told Billboard for a recent cover story. “People stare at me anyway, but people stare at me a lot when I’m dressed as a fucking cat.”