Miley Cyrus has retracted her 10-year-old apology for a controversial photo-shoot she took part in when she was a teenager, in which it appeared that she had posed topless.
Back in 2008, when Miley was still just 15, the then -‘Hannah Montana’ actress posed in a controversial shoot for Vanity Fair magazine, with celebrated photographer Annie Leibovitz.
In one of the pictures, she posed with her bare back exposed, and her front covered by a bedsheet, creating the image she was topless, which came under heavy criticism at the time.
At the height of the backlash, a still-15-year-old Miley apologised to her young fans, saying: “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 apologise to my fans who I care so deeply about.”
On the 10-year anniversary of the controversy, Miley posted the front cover of the New York Post’s coverage of the story, with the headline: “Miley’s Shame… TV’s ‘Hannah’ Apologizes For Near-Nude Pic [sic]”
Miley noted: “IM NOT SORRY. Fuck YOU #10yearsago”
In April 2008, in response to the controversy, a Disney Channel representative said that the teenager had been “deliberately manipulated… in order to sell magazines”, while Vanity Fair stood by the photo, insisting: “Miley’s parents and/or minders were on the set all day.
“Since the photo was taken digitally, they saw it on the shoot and everyone thought it was a beautiful and natural portrait of Miley.”