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Idol advice: Britney Spears tells Miley Cyrus critics to back off

Britney Spears

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Former pop enfant terrible Britney Spears wants people to stop slamming Miley Cyrus for her saucy behaviour at the MTV Video Music Awards.

Speaking from experience, Spears, who caused her own uproar by locking lips with Madonna at the 2003 VMAs, recently said she can relate to the current media furor stirred up by the 20-year-old Cyrus, who wore a skintight mini-outfit and twerked excessively at the event last month.

"I remember that age when I was just transferring into my career and doing more controversial things and the energy that you feel, all this chaos going on, and she is on fire right now, she's just a ball full of energy," Spears, now an older and presumably wiser 31, told the entertainment show Extra.

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At the recent VMAs, Cyrus also did unmentionable things to signer Robin Thicke with a foam finger while he performed his hit Blurred Lines. But Britney (who once gyrated with a seven-foot snake draped around her shoulders at the VMAs) believes the event itself is designed to let a young woman express herself.

"It's a time to embellish a little bit on the creative side of what you do, to bring the artistic side of what you do out," she told Extra.

Earlier this week, Spears announced her two-year gig at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas, which will earn her an estimated $15-million for 48 concerts.

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