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Updated Oct 11, 2013 - 12:28 pm

Miley Cyrus opens up on 'Ellen' about Hemsworth, VMAs

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Recording artist-twerker Miley Cyrus has been in the forefront of pop culture for the past few months, mostly due to her controversial and provocative antics.

In an episode of "Ellen" that aired Friday, Cyrus sat down with host Ellen DeGeneres and the 20-year-old was quite articulate when opening up about everything she has gone through recently, including her split from fiancé, actor Liam Hemsworth.

When Cyrus was last on the show, she was still engaged to Hemsworth and DeGeneres threw her an engagement party on the show, complete with male strippers.

Cyrus remarked about giving the host her money back and how she regretted not getting the number of one of the strippers.

"That would have come in handy now," she joked.

DeGeneres then grew serious, asking her if all the attention surrounding her public break-up has been awkward for her.

"It's not really as awkward, 'cause I'm living it, and so I think people actually spend more time thinking about it than I really do," she explained. "I believe that when a chapter is done, you have to close it and start that new one, and that's kind of where I am right now."

The singer also added how she has never been happier and that she is grateful for all she has right now, because she was worried that her love life would overshadow her music.

Not surprisingly, however, all the love and loss she has endured heavily influenced her latest album, "Bangerz," even when she was not consciously aware of it.

"I didn't even know as much until I really listened to it now that it's done ... and [the album] really is like telling a story and I think I knew more intuitively where my life was going than I actually thought I did at the time," Cyrus said.

DeGeneres also addressed the now-infamous VMA performance, where Cyrus twerked and grinded on singer Robin Thicke, 36, while sticking out her tongue and making lewd gestures with a large foam finger.

Cyrus was unapologetic about her performance, and even made a dig at those who have vilified her.

"No one cares about the man behind the booty. You only care about the one that's shakin' it. It's a double standard," she said. "He was in rehearsal as much as I was and loving it, people!"

The show was not all serious discussion, however. Ever the comedian, DeGeneres brought in a wrecking ball for Cyrus to sit on, similar to the one in the singer's latest video, where DeGeneres acted like a parent pushing her child on a swing.

For even more on Cyrus' VMA performance, including the concept behind it, watch the video below for the rest of the interview.

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