Lady Gaga defends controversial Miley Cyrus performance

Posted at 2:07 PM, Sep 12, 2013
and last updated 2013-09-12 14:07:15-04

(Access Hollywood) — Miley Cyrus still has people talking about her racy performance with Robin Thicke at the VMAs – including Lady Gaga – but the “Applause” singer is coming to Miley’s defense.

“I mean, I just think everybody needs to lighten up and leave her alone,” she told Andy Cohen on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” on Wednesday night.

“Because it’s pop music. Everybody’s entitled to their own artistic expression, and if you have a problem with it, just change the channel,” Gaga continued.

In fact, Gaga has respect for her follow pop star.

“I don’t understand the incessant need to constantly go on and on about hating things all the time because, what, she’s 20 years old? And if anything, I give her props,” she told Andy.

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Adding, “You know, she’s growing up in front of the entire world and maybe she’s not so happy with stuff she did in her career when she was younger and she wants to be free, so let her do what she wants.”

Gaga also cleared up rumors about a feud with Christina Aguilera.

“I’m a very big fan of Christina Aguilera,“she explained. “From the very beginning of when my career started, there was all this controversy about the two of us. I always felt that it was very unfair.”

— Jesse Spero

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