The 17-year-old singer says she's ready to be who she is "to the full" and show the world that she's all grown up


With her longtime hit show Hannah Montana coming to an end, Miley Cyrus is ready to let her own personality take center stage. And that includes a racy music video that’s stirred up a bit of controversy for the 17-year-old.

“You have to be who you are to the full,” Cyrus said during a Good Morning America interview Friday, dressed in a studded leather jacket, David Bowie T-shirt and ripped black jeans. “There’s nothing that I’m holding back. And that’s what I want to give to my girl fans. Just be who you are.”

In fact, Cyrus claims that her newest album Can’t Be Tamed showcases the real Miley Cyrus. “This record is the first album where it’s completely me,” she says.

In a career that puts her right in the spotlight, Cyrus admits that growing up as a celebrity isn’t always easy. “It’s always going to be hard because there’s so much stuff you’ve got to get through before you an get to the stuff that’s real,” she says. “There’s all the people that are like, ‘Yes! It’s gonna be great! You’re the biggest thing ever!’ when really, I just want the truth. ”

Alluding to the Perez Hilton paparazzi photo scandal, Cyrus says, “There are people that are negative just to be that way. You’ve got to push through all that and just be like ‘This is my life.’ ”

Of course, with a life that includes being friends with Bret Michaels, things aren’t all bad. Two the performed together on Good Morning America, singing a duet of “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” which appears on Cyrus’s new album as a dedication to her mom, Leticia “Tish” Cyrus. “Our families have been friends for a while,” says Michaels. “She’s a great musician and she’s one of those people who will make that huge transition into remaining a superstar. She can rock it for sure.”

And it seems Michaels was a big musical influence on Cyrus as a child. “My first concert was a Poison concert,” she says. “That was an interesting night. I was probably about 8 and my mom dragged me and my brother.”

And she’s been rockin ever since!