Miley Cyrus: 'I'm the Happiest I've Ever Been in My Whole Life'

10/07/2013 at 10:45 AM EDT

Miley Cyrus: 'I'm the Happiest I've Ever Been in My Whole Life'
Miley Cyrus
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Miley Cyrus

Miley Cyrus

Despite all the controversy surrounding her love of twerking, risqué VMA performance and feud with Sinéad O'Connor, Miley Cyrus says she's never been happier.

During an appearance on the Today show Monday, Cyrus, 20, told Matt Lauer, "I'm the happiest I've ever been in my whole life."

"The most important thing is being a really good person," the "Wrecking Ball" singer told Lauer when he asked about her the music video's nudity and VMA performance, which he deemed a "strategic hot mess." "And that doesn't depend on what you do on stage, that depends on how you treat people when you're off stage, and I know how I treat people."

She continued, "I don't ever really plan to offend people, but sometimes that just happens because ... they're not open to what they don't understand. But my fans understand. [The VMAs] went exactly as planned. I mean, it's a month later, and we're still talking about it ... so it worked."



Her performance on Today – Cyrus sang "We Won't Stop" and "Wrecking Ball" from her album, Bangerz, out Tuesday, as well as "Party in the USA" in front of a huge outdoor crowd – comes after the singer earned raves as host and musical guest on Saturday Night Live.

Lauer asked if Cyrus was surprised by all the controversy she has generated. "Not really. It's kinda what I want," she said. "I'm an artist. I'm hoping I get a little attention otherwise my record sales might be a little sketch."

The singer also addressed her ongoing feud with Sinéad O'Connor, saying "It's all good."



"I think I think she's an incredible artist. I think she's an awesome songwriter," Cyrus said about their online battle. "I don't know how somebody can start a fight with somebody that says I really respect you ... I'm a big fan of hers ... You can write as many open letters as you want ... that's really what blogging is."

Lauer also asked Cyrus, whose mother and "homie" Tish was nearby, if her parents continue to influence her life and decisions.

"My parents have always just been about being who you are and figuring that out ... I can go to them with pretty much anything," she said. "That's what real love is: unconditional ... they love you no matter what ... and that's what parents are supposed to be."

For now, Cyrus said she had no long-term plan other than focusing on her tour next year.

"I can do a lot of things, but I can't change the past," Cyrus said. "I don't really regret anything."

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