Demi Lovato says she's "happy" for her pal Miley Cyrus because she's "doing what she wants to do" despite criticism about her behaviour.
The 21-year-old The X Factor USA star grew up with the Wrecking Ball singer and showed her support for Miley when quizzed about the pop star's new raunchy image on America's Fox 31 news show Everyday.
"I've said this a million times, I know Britney [Spears] and Miley very well. Miley has been one of my best friends growing up and so I'm happy for her," Demi said.
"She's doing what she wants to do and this is her time to break out and figure out, you know, what she wants to do in her career and her image and everything."
It's not the first time Demi has offered public support to the pop star. While she did not address Miley's controversial MTV VMA performance or her Wrecking Ball video, which sees the 20-year-old almost completely naked and licking a sledgehammer, Demi said she's supportive of her pal.
"I'm happy seeing her happy because I love her so much. And, you know, she doesn't care what people think, nor should she," she shared.
Miley is currently tangled in controversy following a very public war-of-words with Irish singer Sinead O'Connor, who accused the singer of allowing the music industry to "prostitute" her in an open letter.
Miley responded by mocking the veteran music artist on Twitter, comparing Sinead to former child star Amanda Bynes, who was reportedly admitted into psychiatric care earlier this year.
"Who the f**k is advising you?" Sinead responded. "Because taking me on is even more f**kin' stupid than behaving like a prostitute and calling it feminism. You have posted today tweets of mine which are two years old, which were posted by me when I was unwell and seeking help so as to make them look like they are recent. In doing so you mock myself and Amanda Bynes for having suffered with mental health issues and for having sought help," she continued, adding in part, "I hope that you will apologize to Amanda Bynes and to any person who has been wounded by your mockery of those who have suffered."
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