September 24, 2013 1:46 pm
Updated: September 24, 2013 1:51 pm

Cyrus warns Bieber not to ‘become a joke’

Miley Cyrus, pictured on Sept. 21, 2013.

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TORONTO — Miley Cyrus says Justin Bieber needs to act more professionally if he wants to be taken seriously.

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“He really can play the drums, he really can play guitar, he really can sing. I just don’t want to see him f**k that up, to where people think he’s Vanilla Ice,” she told Rolling Stone in a new interview. “I tell him that. Like, ‘You don’t want to become a joke. When you go out, don’t start s**t. Don’t come in shirtless.’

“But the thing is, boys are, like, seven years behind,” Cyrus added. “So in his head, he’s really, like, 12.”

Cyrus, who spent part of her childhood in Toronto, said the 19-year-old Canadian pop star needs some guidance.

“I’m not much older than him, so I never want it to feel like I’m mentoring him. But I do mentor him in a way,” she explained. “Because I’ve been doing this s**t for a long time, and I already transitioned, and I don’t think he’s quite done it yet.”

Cyrus also spoke to Rolling Stone about her controversial performance with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.

“I wasn’t trying to be sexy. If I was trying to be sexy, I could have been sexy. I can dance a lot better than I was dancing,” she said.

“We could have gone further, but we didn’t.”

Cyrus said she took more than her fair share of criticism about the performance.

“No one is talking about the man behind the ass. It was a lot of ‘Miley twerks on Robin Thicke,’ but never, ‘Robin Thicke grinds up on Miley.’ They’re only talking about the one that bent over. So obviously there’s a double standard,” she said.

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