Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears
09/19/2013 at 02:00 PM EDT
There was a time not so long ago when it was Britney Spears
, not Miley Cyrus
, who was causing controversy at the MTV Video Music Awards
While Cyrus's twerking performance
has made Spears's 2003 lip lock
look tame in comparison, the 31-year-old tells Extra
's Mario Lopez
that she can relate to all of the media attention the "Wrecking Ball
" singer, 20, has received since she did unspeakable things with a foam finger.
"I remember that age when I was just transferring into my career and doing more controversial things and the energy that you feel, all this chaos going on, and she is on fire right now, she's just a ball full of energy," says Spears.
She added that the VMAs (where she also memorably gyrated with a 7-foot snake
wrapped around her shoulders) is the place to let your imagination run wild. "It's a time to embellish a little bit on the creative side of what you do, bring the artistic side of what you do out."