The Hannah Montana singer thanks her fans – and avoids the press – at an L.A. concert

By Nicholas White
Updated May 12, 2008 09:30 AM

The two weeks since her Vanity Fair photo controversy have certainly been tough ones for Miley Cyrus – but they’ve also helped her evolve.

“We’re all changing,” the 15-year-old Cyrus told a screaming crowd Saturday onstage at KIIS-FM’s Wango Tango concert in Irvine, Calif. “I thank you for helping me as I grow through that.”

The Disney star did not address the controversy directly during her 30-minute set – and she successfully avoided reporters by skipping the red carpet. But – as she did similarly last weekend at an Orlando concert – Cyrus thanked fans for supporting her “through everything that’s been going on in life.”

Since the racy photos shot by Annie Leibovitz first drew public ire, numerous celebrities have come to Cyrus’s defense, including Tyra Banks, Jamie Lee Curtis and The Hills‘s Whitney Port.

The Hannah Montana star has apologized for the provocative shot and vowed to “learn from my mistakes.”