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Sinèad O'Connor's open letter to Miley Cyrus

Sinead O'Connor has had her fair share of controversy over the years but with over 20 years in the music business, she has plenty of advice to give and give it she did in an open letter to Miley Cyrus.

The 46-year-old Irish singer-songwriter was compelled to reach out after hearing that Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" video was inspired by the one for O'Connor's "Nothing Compares."

"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," O'Connor 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."

"The music business doesn't give a [expletive] about you, or any of us," she continues. "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."

O'Connor went on to suggest that Cyrus, 20, missed the mark on capturing the true spirit of the "Nothing Compares" video, writing, "The look I chose, I chose on purpose at a time when my record company were encouraging me to do what you have done. I felt I would rather be judged on my talent and not my looks. I am happy that I made that choice, not least because I do not find myself on the proverbial rag heap now that I am almost 47 yrs of age, which unfortunately many female artists who have based their image around their sexuality, end up on when they reach middle age."

Still, O'Connor does praise the former Disney star for her "obvious" talent and leaves her with a somewhat uplifting message.

"As for the shedding of the Hannah Montana image... whoever is telling you getting naked is the way to do that does absolutely NOT respect your talent, or you as a young lady," she wrote. "Your records are good enough for you not to need any shedding of Hannah Montana. She's waaaaaaay gone by now.. Not because you got naked but because you make great records."


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