Miley Cyrus is making as many headlines for her dramatic weight loss as she is for her inappropriate twerking, but insists she's fine despite her sleazy behavior.
Miley has lost a dramatic amount of weight since 2012, fueling rumors she's suffering from the eating disorder anorexia. During the past few months, she has gotten progressively thinner, and has flaunted her weight loss in revealing photo spreads and selfies.
The 5-foot-5 Cyrus said she weighs about 108 pounds. Miley, 21, insists that her weight loss was due to a gluten-free diet and rigorous Pilates workouts — not to starvation diets.
Miley slammed the anorexia rumors on Twitter: "For everyone calling me anorexic, I have a gluten and lactose allergy. It's not about weight, it's about health. Gluten is crap anyway! Everyone should try no gluten for a week! The change in your skin, physical and mental health is amazing!"
While Cyrus' over-the-top exhibitionist behavior may seem normal for her age, it bears noting that starlets who have suffered drug addiction, anorexia, and nervous breakdowns behaved in much the same way that Miley is acting now before they went to rehab.
Several years ago, Britney Spears' weight fluctuated dramatically and she was photographed without underwear on several occasions before being placed on suicide watch and forcibly hospitalized in 2008. Britney is now drug-free and doing well.
Similarly, Lindsay Lohan lost a dramatic amount of weight, was arrested several times on DUI-related charges, and was also photographed in public without underwear before her numerous stints in rehab for drug addiction.
Miley has previously admitted experimenting with drugs and drinking alcohol, and said she loves smoking marijuana. "As long as [pot] isn't illegal, there are far more dangerous things," she said. "And it's legal in the state of California, so I'm happy to live in California, a place where you can be whoever you want to be."
Meanwhile, medical experts including Dr. Mehmet Oz, have warned that marijuana is addictive and harmful to your health despite its innocuous image as a recreational drug.
However, Miley's godmother, country superstar Dolly Parton, defended Cyrus' sleazy twerking, attributing it to her youthful desire to express herself.
"I’ve loved Miley through the years and watched her grow up," said Dolly, 67. "It’s not easy being young. It’s hard to know what to do. You’ve almost got to sacrifice your damn soul just to get anything done.”
Meanwhile, Miley's desperate, attention-seeking antics are paying off career-wise: She was just named MTV's Artist of the Year for 2013, and is a finalist for Time magazine's Person of the Year.