Miley Cyrus quieted critics of her second controversial performance in her newly-released video "Wrecking Ball." In the video, Cyrus appears naked, riding a -- you guessed it -- wrecking ball as well as licking a sledgehammer. She said Wednesday that the video is supposed to depict her in a sorrowful, vulnerable state. It's been speculated that the song is about a wrecked relationship, and perhaps a reference to fiance Liam Hemsworth. The relationship between the two has supposedly been rocky, and an anonymous source said shortly after Cyrus' twerking fiasco at the VMAs that Hemsworth wanted out. She also fired back at those who ridiculed the video for her nudity, telling NYC's Z100 radio station that the video means so much more than what is presented at face value.
"I think the video is much more, if people get past the point that I'm naked and you actually look at me," she said in the interview. "You can tell that I actually look more broken than even the song sounds. The song is a pop ballad. It's one of these songs that everyone is gonna to relate to, everyone's felt that feeling at some point." The 20-year-old, who did the phone interview while in London, said it was much harder to shoot the video than sing for the album because of the weighty nature of it. She told her haters to look into her eyes in the video, which she said she looks more sad than what her voice would suggest.
Cyrus concluded that the scandal her video and VMAs performance has caused is just a result of sensational media attention. She said she believed that anything she did would probably spark the same result. Her father, country star Billy Ray Cyrus, was in the same boat as he defended his daughter's video just like he did her twerking. "It wouldn't have mattered if Miley would have worn jeans and a flannel shirt, a Tux or a nuns habit," he told ET. "The song's a smash, and her performance vocally on the tune reflects her roots and sheer God-given talent."