Miley may only be 19, but she's seen her fair share of controversy through the years. All in all, I think she's handled it pretty gracefully.
June 2006: Miley starts dating Nick Jonas
The only real scandal here was Nick's armpits (see below) until photos she intended for only Nick to see surfaced after their breakup.
December 2007: Miley posts a photo of her almost kissing a friend on her MySpace
People freaked out about it even though there was a Twizzler between their lips.
May 2008: overshares intimate photos of her and then-boyfriend Thomas Sturges
First of all, who? And second, ew.
But that is nothing compared to what was to come...
We soon learned that Miley enjoyed two things while posing for a selfie: exposing her midriff and DUCKFACE.
June 2008: photographed without a shirt in "Vanity Fair"
People flipped out when Annie Leibovitz shot the 15-year-old in a pose that exposed her back completely.
The head of Disney was outraged:
"For Miley Cyrus to be a 'good girl' is now a business decision for her. Parents have invested in her a godliness. If she violates that trust, she won't get it back.
So Miley apologized:
"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. I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about."
Personally, I see no issue with the photos. There's no nudity, it's highly artistic, and Annie Leibovitz is possibly the most respected photographer in the world. BUT, they're apparently obscene to some closed-minded people out there lacking artistic vision.
July 2008: Miley and BFF Mandy mock Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato in YouTube video
Miley even went as far as to mock the gap that used to be in Demi's teeth. Harsh!
July 2008: The Shower Incident
Miley's phone (or e-mail) got hacked and the following photos that were intended for her then-boyfriend Nick Jonas were distributed over the Internet:
February 2009: insensitive faces
Miley and friends catch flack after a photo of her making "Asian eyes" circles around the Internet.
Miley issued a statement about the controversy:
“I’ve also been told there are some people upset about some pictures taken of me with friends making goofy faces! Well, I’m sorry if those people looked at those pics and took them wrong and out of context! In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity! I was simply making a goofy face. When did that become newsworthy? It seems someone is trying to make something out of nothing to me. If that would of been anyone else, it would of been overlooked! I definitely feel like the press is trying to make me out as the new ‘BAD GIRL’!”
February 2009: Miley jogs without a sports bra
At 16, she gave quite a show while jogging next to her then-boyfriend Justin Gaston (an underwear model — can you tell?).
August 2009: pole dancing at the "Teen Choice Awards"
Miley shocked everyone by dancing up on a pole during her performance of "Party In The USA."
June 2010: Perez Hilton posts up-skirt picture of 17-year-old Miley
There was some talk of Perez being sent to jail for the offense but it never actually happened.
June 2010: video surfaces of Miley caught grinding on an older man
It just happened to be 45-year-old Aaron Shankman, her director on The Last Song.
November 2010: 17-year-old Miley caught drinking beer in Spain
The head of the International Institute for Alcohol Awareness issued a statement about her drinking that said, "risky behavior associated with underage alcohol consumption."
Never mind the fact that alcohol laws in Spain are incredibly lax. The legal drinking age is 18 (though it's not very well enforced), and 16 in Barcelona.
December 2010: the bong hits heard 'round the world
Some jerk took a video of Miley smoking out of a bong and sold it to TMZ. The story was EVERYWHERE.
Miley's camp said that it wasn't marijuana, but a legal hallucinogen called Salvia. Sure it was.
Eventually Miley apologized in the pages of Marie Claire:
"It was a bad decision, because of my fans and because of what I stand for. I’m not perfect … I made a mistake. I’m disappointed in myself for disappointing my fans."
November 2011: Miley calls herself a "stoner"
In a a video posted by The Daily, Miley admits to being a "stoner" and smoking "way too much weed" at her birthday party with Kelly Osbourne by her side.
January 2012: the penis cake
It was her boyfriend Liam's birthday, so she got him a cake shaped like a penis. Fine, fine. But then she posed with it like this multiple times and at multiple angles.
May 2012: sideboob, sideboob, everywhere
Between the low-cut shirts without bras in real life and a professional shoot (right) that displayed it, 2012 became the year of Miley's sideboob.
June 2012: Miley gets engaged to Liam Hemsworth
Sure, she's only 19...but I guess she could be tamed.
June 2012: Miley bares her ass to the paparazzi
It happened while she was shopping with friends at (where else?) American Apparel — probably not intentional but who knows!
September 2012: Miley brags about her sex life
According to The National Enquirer, at least.
"There’s no hold barred… the sex is wild! Liam fulfills all my fantasies, and I fulfill his. [We] do it everywhere – it’s become a game to see who can come up with the most bizzare place!"
September 2012: Miley suspected of criminal battery
Liam and Miley were suspects in a battery case that went down at the Roosevelt Hotel but their names were later cleared.
November 2012: Miley stars in music video with an adult film star
The video for "Decisions" also stars her boyfriend Liam.