LOS ANGELES, April 27 Teen idol Miley Cyrus,
the fresh-faced star of Disney's "Hannah Montana" television
franchise, has apologized for two sets of photos in which she
flashes her bra, lies across a boy's lap, and appears
The 15-year-old churchgoing daughter of country singer
Billy Ray Cyrus said in a statement on Sunday that she was
embarrassed about some photos released on the Internet and
others to be published in Vanity Fair magazine.
The first series of photos, which circulated on the
Internet last week, showed Cyrus draped over the lap of her
then-boyfriend, her producer's son, while another showed her
revealing part of her green bra.
She is also starring in some as-yet released shots by
celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz in which she appears to
be topless and wrapped in a blanket. These are set to be
published in Vanity Fair magazine's June edition.
"For Vanity Fair, I was so honored and thrilled to work
with Annie. 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," Cyrus said in a statement
published on People magazine's Web site.
The Disney Channel backed up the rising star saying in a
statement that "a situation was created to deliberately
manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines."
No one from Vanity Fair was immediately available to
But in a statement to the TV show "Entertainment Tonight,"
Vanity Fair defended itself.
"Miley's parents and/or minders were on the set all day.
Since the photo was taken digitally, they saw it on the shoot
and everyone thought it was a beautiful and natural portrait of
Miley," said the magazine's statement.
Regarding the photos on the Internet, Cyrus said these were
"silly, inappropriate shots" and she was sorry if she had
"I appreciate all the support of my fans, and hope they
understand that along the way I am going to make mistakes and I
am not perfect," she said.
"Most of all, I have let myself down. I will learn from my
mistakes and trust my support team. My family and my faith will
guide me through my life's journey."
Late last year, some candid photos of Cyrus frolicking with
a female friend during a sleepover raised some eyebrows. She
said at the time that there was "nothing wrong" with those
Cyrus rocketed to fame as "Hannah Montana" on the Disney
Channel's (DIS.N) TV show of the same name about a girl who
leads a double life as a teenager and singing sensation.
"Hannah Montana" ranks first among TV series of U.S. cable
television for children aged 6 to 14. Her concert tour last
year, "Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds" was a
sensation, sparking a 3D movie that topped the box office
(Writing by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Dean Goodman)
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