Miley Cyrus’ album Bangerz dropped today and if you won’t let the music speak for itself, considering how much she’s…changed…since her Disney days, then listen to what her producer Pharrell Williams and father Billy Ray Cyrus had to say.
Both came to Miley’s defense recently, in the wake of the Social Media Feud of 2013 (that’d be the epic one involving Sinéad O’Connor) and her broken engagement from ex-fiancé Liam Hemsworth saying, hey, she’s not a kid anymore and like anyone else, she's just finding her way through it all. She just does it with more crop tops, nude latex underwear and her ferocious tongue.
“She’s just growing up,” Pharrell said, defending her new direction to Details magazine, "and she deserves her time and to do it her way.”
Miley herself said she felt re-energized by Pharrell's assistance on this new album. “Recording in the studio he doesn’t ever play it cool,” she previously said. “When we make magic together, we could like explode with how excited we are, and I think that’s the energy everyone gets from Pharrell.”
Billy Ray made a similar statement, adding that this transitional phase in Miley’s career and life has been her most personally rewarding.
“All I know for sure is I heard my daughter say today she’s the happiest she’s ever been in her life immediately following [the breakup from Liam Hemsworth],” he told “Entertainment Tonight.” “That’s when I saw Miley being so happy.”
“Somewhere along the stress and strain of different things I didn’t see her smiling as often for a little while,” he continued. “All of a sudden she’s like the sun and when she smiles it’s light…Everything happens for a reason and the main thing for me, as Miley’s daddy, is she’s happy.”