08/15/2012 at 12:00 PM EDT
She stands behind her 'do. And so does her man.
When Miley Cyrus Tweeted a photo
showing off an edgy new pixie haircut
on Sunday, many passionate fans responded unhappily, prompting the 19-year-old to defend her new look.
"My dad @billyraycyrus
used to tell me 'opinions are like a** holes every body has one,' " Cyrus Tweeted Monday
. "LOVE my hair <3 feel so happy, pretty, and free."
She also shared some hard-won wisdom with fans after most of the furor over her haircut subsided.
"Self love is the greatest of all flatterers," she Tweeted Tuesday
, along with a photo of herself basking in the glow of her new do and rocking bright rep lips, a nose ring and lots of gold on her arm.
Despite all the static, Cyrus has at least one steady supporter in the form of her fiancé
(since June 6
), Liam Hemsworth
"He loves [my haircut]," Cyrus Tweeted to one of her fans Tuesday. "Last night he said I look the happiest he's seen me in a while :) he likes seeing my eyes more."