Miley Cyrus has come in for a great deal of attention recently with many in music circles either expressing outrage at her behaviour, while others suggest she is on the edge of a complete meltdown.
Since music became popular pop and rockstars have been acting wild, defying convention and lashing out at the rules. But isn't that what musicians particularly young musicians have to do to get ahead in the game, be outrageous?
But back to Miley Cyrus, is she really on the brink of self destruction, or is she making clever use of the publicity machine and keeping her name in the limelight after all they say all publicity is good.
I personally think the latter is in play here and now in her good pal Demi Lovato has come out in support of the beleaguered Cyrus. The fellow Disney child star is after all in a perfect position to offer an informed opinion as she has come through the same route - Disney starlet to adulthood under close public scrutiny.
Demi Lovato has stood up for her old friend Miley Cyrus, she's "happy" Miley exploring her image.
Demi Lovato has defended Miley Cyrus, sticking up for her fellow Disney starlet when quizzed about her controversial behaviour and provocative new image. Lovato claims she is happy that Miley is exploring her potential as an artist.
During an appearence on Fox31's 'Everyday' programme:Demi Lovato said "I know Miley very well. Miley has been one of my best friends growing up and so I'm happy for her. 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."
While clean-cut Demi didn't endorse her pal's choices such as themuch criticised naked appearence in her new music video and the twerking of Robin Thicke at the VMAs this summer - the pop star says she respects Miley for not caring what people think.
She said: "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."
The 21-year old singer - who checked into rehab for depression, self-harm and bulimia in 2010 - previously admitted she has repeatedly warned Miley to cut back on her partying and take it easy.
Demi acknowledged: "She knows how I feel about the whole partying thing. I love her to death. And I'm always like, 'Just be careful.' And she's like, 'Dude, I'm chilling. It's fine.' I care for her so much [that] I'm so protective, but she's good. She's got a good head on her shoulders."
Wise words from M.s. Lovato and now maybe people should view Miley Cyrus on her musical and acting merit instead of trying to bolster their own fame by jumping on the 'slam Miley' merry-go-round.