Miley Cyrus is keen to "explore sexuality" and "experiment"
The 18-year-old star - who was filmed smoking a legal high through a `bong` device last year - admitted while she isn`t a "crazy lady", she doesn`t want to shelter herself from the experiences other girls her age have just because she is in the public eye.
She said: "People have very mixed opinions on me; I`m a great role model, or I`m completely inappropriate for anyone under 13 and I am controversial. I don`t know how I became this.
"It`s weird. Two complete extremes. I`m not some crazy lady who`s gone off the deep end, because I definitely haven`t. I just always try to be real. Every 18 year old explores sexuality and experiments and tries things. For me there`s no reason to change that. You have to be true to yourself."
Miley - who is dating Australian actor Liam Hemsworth - explained despite her "wild" reputation, she very rarely leaves her home.
She added in an interview with Prestige magazine: "There was this magazine article the other day, showing all the younger celebrities. I was the Girl Next Door or whatever, and I fell under the category of Good Girl Gone Bad. And I was like, `What the hell, man?`
"I stay in the house pretty much every day. I don`t go out. I`ve had same boyfriend for two years. So I think there are two very different reviews."