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A Guide To Miley Cyrus' Most Controversial Moments

Every controversy Miley has ever been involved in. But remember! She's just being Miley.

The "Hannah Montana" Era

June 2006: Miley starts dating Nick Jonas

The only real scandal here was Nick's armpits (see below) until photos she intended for only Nick to see surfaced after their breakup.

December 2007: Miley posts a photo of her almost kissing a friend on her MySpace


People freaked out about it even though there was a Twizzler between their lips.

May 2008: overshares intimate photos of her and then-boyfriend Thomas Sturges


First of all, who? And second, ew.

but that that was nothing compared to what was to about to pop up online!

We soon learned that Miley enjoyed two things while posing for a selfie: exposing her midriff and DUCKFACE.

June 2008: photographed without a shirt in "Vanity Fair"

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People flipped out when Annie Leibovitz shot the 15-year-old in a pose that exposed her back completely.

The head of Disney was outraged:

"For Miley Cyrus to be a 'good girl' is now a business decision for her. Parents have invested in her a godliness. If she violates that trust, she won't get it back.

So Miley apologized:

"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."

July 2008: Miley and BFF Mandy mock Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato in YouTube video


Miley even went as far as to mock the gap that used to be in Demi's teeth. Harsh!

July 2008: The Shower Incident


Miley's phone (or e-mail) got hacked and the following photos that were intended for her then-boyfriend Nick Jonas were distributed over the Internet:

February 2009: insensitive faces

Miley and friends catch flack after a photo of her making "Asian eyes" circles around the Internet.

Miley issued a statement about the controversy:

“I’ve also been told there are some people upset about some pictures taken of me with friends making goofy faces! Well, I’m sorry if those people looked at those pics and took them wrong and out of context! In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity! I was simply making a goofy face. When did that become newsworthy? It seems someone is trying to make something out of nothing to me. If that would of been anyone else, it would of been overlooked! I definitely feel like the press is trying to make me out as the new ‘BAD GIRL’!”

February 2009: Miley jogs without a sports bra


At 16, she gave quite a show while jogging next to her then-boyfriend Justin Gaston (an underwear model — can you tell?).

August 2009: pole dancing at the "Teen Choice Awards"

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Miley shocked everyone by dancing up on a pole during her performance of "Party In The USA."

December 2009: Miley gets her first tattoo


It reads "Just Breathe," and she was 17 at the time.

The Can't Be Tamed Era

June 2010: Miley releases a single called "Can't Be Tamed"

It was the start of her "rebellious phase" — something each Disney star seems to go through.

June 2010: Miley kisses a girl on "Britain's Got Talent"

Don't worry, it happend on stage during a performance of "Can't Be Tamed" and there are theories floating around that it didn't actually even happen.

June 2010: Perez Hilton posts an up-skirt picture of 17-year-old Miley

There was some talk of Perez being sent to jail for the offense but it never actually happened.

June 2010: video surfaces of Miley caught grinding on an older man


It just happened to be 45-year-old Aaron Shankman, her director on The Last Song.

November 2010: 17-year-old Miley caught drinking beer in Spain


The head of the International Institute for Alcohol Awareness issued a statement about her drinking that said, "risky behavior associated with underage alcohol consumption."

December 2010: the bong hits heard 'round the world


Some jerk took a video of Miley smoking out of a bong and sold it to TMZ. The story was EVERYWHERE.

Via Twitter: @billyraycyrus

Billy Ray was sad about it and apologized:


Miley's camp said that it wasn't marijuana, but a legal hallucinogen called Salvia. Sure it was.

Eventually Miley apologized in the pages of Marie Claire:

It was a bad decision, because of my fans and because of what I stand for. I’m not perfect … I made a mistake. I’m disappointed in myself for disappointing my fans.

November 2011: Miley calls herself a "stoner"

In a a video posted by The Daily, Miley admits to being a "stoner" and smoking "way too much weed" at her birthday party with Kelly Osbourne by her side.

January 2012: the penis cake


It was her boyfriend Liam's birthday, so she got him a cake shaped like a penis. Fine, fine. But then she posed with it like this multiple times and at multiple angles.

May 2012: sideboob, sideboob, everywhere

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Between the low-cut shirts without bras in real life and a professional shoot (right) that displayed it, 2012 became the year of Miley's sideboob.

June 2012: Miley gets engaged to Liam Hemsworth


Sure, she's only 19...but I guess she could be tamed.

June 2012: Miley is seen outside of a marijuana dispensary


It's legal in California, though.

June 2012: Miley bares her ass to the paparazzi


It happened while she was shopping with friends at (where else?) American Apparel — probably not intentional but who knows!

September 2012: Miley brags about her sex life

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According to The National Enquirer, at least.

There’s no hold barred… the sex is wild! Liam fulfills all my fantasies, and I fulfill his. [We] do it everywhere – it’s become a game to see who can come up with the most bizzare place!

September 2012: Miley was briefly suspected of criminal battery

Briefly! Liam and Miley were suspects in a battery case that went down at the Roosevelt Hotel but their names were later cleared.

Now: a brand-new Miley

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(get it?)

September 2012: Miley choped her hair off, went bleach blonde

and her style kind of changed along with it:

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November 2012: Miley stars in a music video with an adult film star

The video for "Decisions" also stars her boyfriend Liam and a whole lotta cake.

What's next?

It's crazy to think that Miley is still only 19! That's two whole years before she can legally drink — and she's likely to be married even before then. I can't wait.

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