From Mockery to Empathy: Cyrus Reflects on O’Connor’s Mental Health Advocacy?

Miley Cyrus recently discussed her past conflict with Sinead O’Connor following the release of her “Wrecking Ball” music video. Admitting that she initially felt hurt by O’Connor’s criticism, Cyrus now understands the late singer’s concerns about the music industry’s manipulations. During her ABC special “Endless Summer Vacation: Continued (Backyard Sessions),” Cyrus shared her thoughts on the clash with O’Connor, who passed away in July at 56.

Cyrus conveyed her surprise that someone like O’Connor, who had faced similar challenges, would criticize her. Back in 2013, O’Connor shared an open letter expressing her concerns about Cyrus’s provocative choices in the music video, advising her to steer clear from being used for her sexuality. Responding through an app previously known as Twitter, Cyrus derided O’Connor’s mental health.

Reflecting on the situation, the “Flowers” singer expressed remorse for her reaction, admitting her limited understanding of mental health at the age of 20. She felt that another female artist was undermining her creative autonomy. Though initially confident about her choice, Cyrus now recognizes the industry’s influence on her decisions. Despite everything, she retains her affection for the “Wrecking Ball” video. Cyrus remarked that young adults grapple with past traumas and judgments in unexpected ways. She felt deeply hurt when her agency seemed compromised.

The ABC special showcased a performance by Cyrus, dedicating her song “Wonder Woman” to O’Connor, though it’s unclear if this was recorded before O’Connor’s passing.

Years ago, after O’Connor’s initial outreach, Cyrus posted old app posts of O’Connor during a challenging mental health phase and drew parallels with Amanda Bynes, who was in psychiatric care. O’Connor subsequently released another letter, censuring Cyrus for making light of mental health challenges. However, any animosity seemed to have faded by 2022 when Cyrus released a mix of “Wrecking Ball X Nothing Compares 2 U.”

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