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Demi Lovato Defends Miley Cyrus: “The World Needs to Get Over The Fact That She Was Hannah Montana” (VIDEO)

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Demi Lovato defends Miley Cyrus during her upcoming appearance on “Katie,” saying that the public and media need to cut her longtime pal some slack.

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“I think she knows what she’s doing. A lot of artists take that route, of shock value, and that’s totally fine and that’s great, but she has such an incredible voice that’s overshadowed by some of the things that she’s doing,” says Lovato.

The “X Factor” judge notes that she’s been friends with Cyrus since she was 14, and says, “It’s her journey, she’s having fun, she’s being who she is, and I’ll always love her.”

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When Katie Couric asks about the criticism thrown Cyrus’ way, Lovato pointedly replies, “I think that the world kind of needs to get over the fact that she was Hannah Montana when she was 16 or whatever.”

“Same thing with me — I guess my transition was a little easier because I went straight to rehab. I didn’t twerk, I just went to rehab,” jokes Lovato.

She goes on, “But nobody knows her and nobody really knows who I am and same with Selena [Gomez] and Jonas [Brothers] and everybody who’s grown up in front of the public eye.”

“We’re adults now… I’m nowhere near the same person I was when I was 15 or 16 — thank God,” says Lovato. “But I’ve learned a lot and I’ve grown up and we’re all in the process of doing that, so go a little easy on us, America.”

Check out the full clip below.

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