Miley Cyrus Just Retracted Her Apology for a Scandal From 10 Years Ago

Miley Cyrus tweeted that she's not sorry for a controversial photo taken for 'Vanity Fair' magazine in 2008.

Miley Cyrus actively courted controversy for years after her tenure as a Disney Channel darling. The singer shed her wholesome Hannah Montana image with divisive performances and costumes before settling into her current Younger Now era.

On Sunday, Cyrus posted a series of throwback pictures, including one that resurfaced a decade-old scandal. In the tweet, she posted the cover of a 2008 issue of the New York Post (opens in new tab), emblazoned with the headline: "MILEY'S SHAME," and "TV's 'Hannah' apologizes for near-nude pic."

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Although Cyrus apologized for the controversial photo when it made headlines in 2008, she retracted that apology with her tweet: "IM NOT SORRY. F*ck YOU #10yearsago."

Cyrus, who was 15 at the time, stood by the shot (taken by famed photographer Annie Lebowitz) in its accompanying Vanity Fair interview (opens in new tab). "No, I mean I had a big blanket on," she said in the article. "And I thought, 'This looks pretty, and really natural.' I think it’s really artsy."

Later, after outrage from fans (and parents of fans), the then-Disney star issued a statement apologizing for the picture and expressing embarrassment over the whole situation. "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," she said in her statement. "I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about."

Disney also publicly decried the photoshoot, with a company spokesperson saying (opens in new tab), "Unfortunately, as the article suggests, a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines."

Though she didn't say why she decided to re-up the photo and retract her apology now, it seems Cyrus is no longer embarrassed.

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Kayleigh Roberts
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Kayleigh Roberts is a freelance writer and editor with more than 10 years of professional experience. Her byline has appeared in Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Harper’s Bazaar, The Atlantic, Allure, Entertainment Weekly, MTV, Bustle, Refinery29, Girls’ Life Magazine, Just Jared, and Tiger Beat, among other publications. She's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.