Miley Cyrus has been warned by Sinead O'Connor in a blunt open letter that the music industry will "prostitute" her to the point where she winds up in rehab.
Cyrus told Rolling Stone in her high-profile interview that the record-breaking video for her new single 'Wrecking Ball' was inspired by Connor's 'Nothing Compares To You', labelling her effort "the most modern version".
O'Connor has now said on her website that, while she is "happy to hear" of her influence, she is "extremely concerned" for the 20-year-old.
"I am extremely concerned for you that those around you have led you to believe, or encouraged you in your own belief, that it is in any way 'cool' to be naked and licking sledgehammers in your videos," she wrote. "It is in fact the case that you will obscure your talent by allowing yourself to be pimped, whether it’s the music business or yourself doing the pimping."
She continued: "Nothing but harm will come in the long run, from allowing yourself to be exploited, and it is absolutely NOT in ANY way an empowerment of yourself or any other young women, for you to send across the message that you are to be valued (even by you) more for your sexual appeal than your obvious talent.
"I am happy to hear I am somewhat of a role model for you and I hope that because of that you will pay close attention to what I am telling you."
In a frank warning, she added: "The music business doesn’t give a s**t about you, or any of us. They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think its what YOU wanted... and when you end up in rehab as a result of being prostituted, 'they' will be sunning themselves on their yachts in Antigua, which they bought by selling your body and you will find yourself very alone."
Miley discussed her controversial evolution from Hannah Montana actress to wrecking ball-riding wildchild on her MTV documentary Miley: The Movement last night, during which she denied that she has made a "transition".
She mused: "It’s not a transition… I’m the same human. I’ve got the same heart I did five years ago."
In terms of moving forward, though, she admitted that reinventing her hairstyle - from long brown locks to a blonde pixie cut - was part of the process.
"I felt like I had to go of the past in a way," she said. "I felt like I could finally be the bad b***h I really am."
She confessed happily: "Right now I’m at a point in my career where I can be exactly where I want to be."
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