Back in 2013, Miley said that Sinéad's "Nothing Compares 2 U" music video was one of her inspirations for the "Wrecking Ball" video. Sinéad then penned an open letter where she warned that Miley was "allowing" herself to be "pimped," writing "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."
The letter spawned a back-and-forth between Miley and Sinéad, during which Miley mocked the Irish singer's prior mental health struggles and compared her to Amanda Bynes in a tweet.
Sinead. I don't have time to write you an open letter cause Im hosting & performing on SNL this week.
Miley also said in a Tweet at the time that she couldn't respond to Sinéad's letter with one of her own because she was hosting Saturday Night Light. Sinéad notably faced major controversy for her 1992 performance on the show where she ripped up a photo of Pope John Paul II in protest of sexual abuse scandals within the Roman Catholic Church.
"So this is when I had received an open letter from Sinéad O'Connor, and I had no idea about the fragile state that she was in. I was also only 20 years old. So I could really only wrap my head around mental illness so much," she continued, alluding to her response to Sinéad at the time.
"All that I saw was that another woman had told me that this idea was not my idea and even if I was convinced that it was, it was still just men in power's idea of me — and they had manipulated me to believe that it was my own idea, when it never really was," she said.
However, Miley affirmed that it was her decision, adding, "It is. And I still love it."
She said, "Our younger childhood triggers and traumas come up in weird and odd ways, and I think I had been judged for so long for my own choices that I was just exhausted and I finally was in a place of making my own choices and my own decisions."
"To have that taken away from me deeply upset me," she added, concluding, "God bless Sinéad O'Connor, for real, in all seriousness."
The words "Dedicated to Sinéad O' Connor" then flashed across the screen as Miley began her song "Wonder Woman."