“I had cut ‘Party in the USA’ and I was doing my first performance for the Teen Choice Awards,” Cyrus, 30, said in a Friday, September 1, TikTok video in her “Used to Be Young” series. “My mom, [Tish Cyrus], was like, ‘I think it’d be really cool if she was in the trailer park because that’s where we really do come from.’ So, apparently, me dancing on an ice cream cart with a stripper pole [was part of that] — but it wasn’t a stripper pole, it was actually for stability.”
Miley noted that she “had a heel on” and simply wanted to stay balanced during the set. “What did you want from me? Was I really gonna do my performance without dancing on top of an ice cream cart?” she joked. “That performance was amazing. My pitch was, honestly, a little off and the hat needed to go, but besides that, [it was great].”
After Miley’s August 2009 set, she sparked backlash after viewers criticized the teenager for gyrating on a pole and claiming that it was inappropriate for her age. Her father, Billy Ray Cyrus, did not see an issue in her behavior.
“I always tell her to love what you’re doing and stay focused for the love of the art and not worry so much about opinion,” the country singer, now 61, exclusively told Us Weekly later in August 2009. “I give my kids a lot of freedom to make the art they wanna make and make it in their own voice. I think it’s important.”
From Miley Cyrus’ rebellious past to Billy Ray Cyrus and Tish Cryus’ multiple splits, the Cyrus family has had their fair share of controversies over the years. Billy Ray and Tish — who were wed from 1993 to 2022 — welcomed children Miley, Braison Cyrus and Noah Cyrus together. After Billy Ray and Tish tied […]