Miley Cyrus aims her wrecking ball at Sinead O'Connor
Irish singer's attempt to give Cyrus some 'motherly' advice ends with a threat of legal action
IT ALL started so well. When Sinead O'Connor wrote an open letter to Miley Cyrus advising her about the pitfalls of the music business, she did so "in a spirit of motherliness and with love".
O'Connor was responding to comments by Cyrus that the 20-year-old's controversial Wrecking Ball video was inspired by the Irish singer's celebrated Nothing Compares 2 U clip – the one in which the Irish siren sheds real tears. "I wanted it to be tough but really pretty – that's what Sinead did with her hair and everything," Cyrus told Rolling Stone.
There are similarities between the two videos: both start with close-ups of crop-haired singers looking weepy, for example. But unlike Cyrus, O'Connor chose not to wrap her tongue around a single sledgehammer or swing stark naked on a wrecking ball.
All of which encouraged O'Connor – in the spirit of "motherliness", obviously – to suggest that Cyrus might be "pimping" herself. "The music business doesn't give a s**t about you, or any of us," writes the 46-year-old in her open letter. "They will prostitute you for all you are worth, and cleverly make you think it's what YOU wanted."
Cyrus, who has already weathered a storm over the suggestion that her video is pornographic, appeared reluctant to accept O'Connor's free matriarchal advice. In a response posted on Twitter, the former Hannah Montana star wrote: "Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause I'm hosting & performing on SNL [Saturday Night Live] this week."
Things could have ended with that modest put down. But Cyrus – never one to do things by half – followed up by mocking O'Connor's well-publicised history of mental illness. Re-posting a string of troubled Tweets the Irish singer wrote two years ago, while in the grip of depression, Cyrus wrote: "Before Amanda Bynes... There was..."
Bynes, for those of you who haven't been paying attention, is a troubled 27-year-old US starlet whose increasingly erratic behaviour has provided a string of tabloid headlines.
O'Connor hit back with a statement notably short either "motherliness" or "love". Accusing Cyrus of mocking mental illness and trying to make O'Connor's two-year old Tweets appear "recent", she demanded that Cyrus delete them immediately: "Or you will hear from my lawyers".
It is understood the odds on a duet featuring Cyrus and O'Connor have lengthened substantially. ·