Miley Turns 18

Miley Cyrus, America's most provocative teen, is finally an adult. From her revealing Vanity Fair shoot to her infamous lap dance video, revisit her most outrageous moments.

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Getting a Tattoo

When you're a 17-year-old pop star, it's important to stay grounded. Usually, underage luminaries have parents or guardians who will provide this reminder—instead, Miley Cyrus got a wise tattoo. In December 2009, she was spotted shortly after her birthday with words on the upper left side of her ribcage that read, "Just Breathe." (Of course, they were only visible because she was donning a hot pink bikini.) Shortly after the image surfaced, the Daily Mail reported Cyrus decided to get inked in memory of her friend who passed away from cystic fibrosis. She couldn't stop at one tattoo. This past June, Cyrus was photographed with the word " LOVE" on her right ear. And a year before her first tattoo, Cyrus allegedly wanted to get one for her much older then-boyfriend Justin Gaston, but more on that later.

RULING: Now legal


Hitting and Running

Certain activities are more excusable when you're too young to know better, but others remain illegal at any age. In September 2010, the newly licensed teen took her mom's Mercedes SUV out for a ride, hit another car, and then left the scene of the crime. The damaged car's owner, a parking attendant in Los Angeles, said the singing sensation hit his car and fled, but also left her phone number on his "totaled" 1991 Camry. Technically, leaving her contact info prevented Cyrus from being charged with a hit-and-run, but nevertheless, busting someone's vehicle and making an escape is not good form.

RULING: Still illegal

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Sleepovers With a 20-Year-Old

Justin Gaston may not have earned the top title on CMT's Nashville Star, but he did win the heart of host Billy Ray Cyrus' then-15-year-old daughter. Despite their five-year age difference, Cyrus and the 20-year-old pious underwear model/aspiring singer started dating in September 2008. Then reports began surfacing that Gaston had moved into the Cyrus home. "Billy Ray wasn't born yesterday," a source told The National Enquirer a month after the romance began. "He figures the safest path to take is to keep Miley and Justin on a short leash—and under the same roof." Cyrus was keen on her father's philosophy. "I don't feel like I'm doing anything wrong, and I'm ready for people to accept it," she told Glamour. But after Cyrus began filming The Last Song, a new romance blossomed with Australian co-star, Liam Hemsworth (who's nearly three years older than Cyrus). Now that she's 18, age ain't nothin' but a number.

RULING: Now legal

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Dating a 16-Year-Old

It seems odd for Miley Cyrus to date down after the scandal surrounding her Lolita relationship with Justin Gaston, but reportedly, the 17-year-old couldn't escape Bieber Fever. In the spring of 2010, Cyrus was seen around Los Angeles with young ladies' man, 16-year-old Justin Bieber, who told TMZ "She's having fun with me." When Ellen DeGeneres followed up with Bieber on her talk show, he only said, "I'm dating around, hanging out with girls, but not really dating." Their relationship may have seemed casual then, but now that Bieber is under the legal age and Cyrus isn't, their "hanging out" and "having fun" better be G-rated and acceptable for Disney audiences. Turning 18 does have downsides for Beliebers.

RULING: Now illegal

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Piercing Her Nose

At 16, Cyrus had an epiphany while filming The Last Song in Georgia. Shortly after breaking up with Gaston, Cyrus posted this image on Twitter showing off a new silver stud in her right nostril, despite being two years too young to get pierced. Cyrus told a Nashville radio station, "I hope no one is upset at me for doing it." Most of her literate fans weren't. "'Woooow miley do you have a pearcing on your nose I have a nose pearcing too miley your amazing love you," MileyFan145 responded via Twitter. A few days after the news was out, Cyrus' father Billy Ray appeared on Larry King Live and discussed the new facial jewelry. "Wonder who took her to do that?" Cyrus joked to the anchor. "She said, ‘Daddy would you take me to get my nose pierced?....It was like the opposite of when she took me to get a tattoo." A family that gets tatted up and pierced together, stays together—until they don't.

RULING: Now legal

Offending One Million Asian Pacific Islanders

Miley Cyrus kicked off 2009 with a scandal. In February, a photo hit the Web of the 16-year-old pop star Justin Gaston and a group of four other friends mocking Asians by squinting and slanting their eyes. Outrage ensued. The Organization of Chinese Americans demanded Cyrus apologize for her offensive gesture. "Not only has Miley Cyrus and the other individuals in the photograph encouraged and legitimized the taunting and mocking of people of Asian descent, she has also insulted her many Asian Pacific American friends," the OCA director said in a statement. "In NO way was I making fun of any ethnicity! I was simply making a goofy face. When did that become newsworthy?" she wrote on her official fan site via MTV, claiming she felt victimized by the press. But her apology wasn't good enough for one woman who, a few days later, claimed to represent more than a million Asian Pacific Islanders and filed a lawsuit against Cyrus for a whopping $4 billion. After months of courtroom battles, the case was finally dropped in November 2009.

RULING: Not illegal, but definitely not kosher

Posing for Raunchy Photos

When Perez Hilton posted a photo of 17-year-old Miley Cyrus exposing her crotch in June, fellow bloggers, commenters, and parents nationwide attacked him for posting child pornography. But Cyrus had (not quite so explicitly) already beat him to it. "It's silly to be threatening Perez with this incredible punishment for what he did," Los Angeles Times' pop critic Ann Powers told The Daily Beast. "Miley Cyrus has been exposing herself for years now within context of her career, and exposing herself as a celebrity." It started in April 2008 with an Annie Leibovitz Vanity Fair shoot that showed the 15-year-old wearing only a sheet. Though she and her father later condemned the photos, Cyrus initially told the magazine the photo was, "really artsy… It wasn't in a skanky way." Months later, pictures of her baring her midriff in a (sometimes wet) T-shirt and underwear hit the Internet—and the images kept coming. But she's still a fan of barely there bottoms. "I'm going to go to hell because I'm wearing a pair of really short white shorts? Suddenly I'm a slut. That's so old-school," she told Parade.

RULING: Now legal

Drinking and Partying

One of Miley Cyrus' most recent slip-ups occurred off U.S. soil while the 17-year-old was in Madrid for the European MTV Awards. Her pants-less performance of "Who Owns My Heart" wasn't her only eye-catching incident while in Spain—days before she took the stage in her translucent spandex suit, TMZ posted photos of her with a bottle of Corona in hand. Although the legal drinking age there is 18, Cyrus was still underage. And just a month prior to the Corona scandal, Cyrus was spotted at Voyeur, a 21-and-over club in Hollywood. The International Institute for Alcohol Awareness was quick to respond to the pictures. The head of the organization told TMZ, "The young people that see her as a role model could mimic the same behavior and as a consequence will go out and become intoxicated, putting their safety at risk." And until she reaches 21, the laws still apply over on this side of the pond.

RULING: Still illegal

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Giving a Lap Dance

This past summer, TMZ obtained footage of 16-year-old Miley Cyrus grinding on Adam Shankman, the middle-aged openly gay producer of her movie, The Last Song. From that day forth, the Internet was never the same. As the Black Eyed Peas' "Boom Boom Boom" and Lil' Jon's "Get Low" blasted in the background at the film's wrap party, Cyrus gave her boss a lap dance before the pair took their dirty moves to the couch. The uncomfortable slow-motion clip surfaced shortly after Cyrus' "Can't Be Tamed" music video premiered and caused a ruckus with its girl-on-girl grinding and skimpy ensembles. As Cyrus says goodbye to her childhood and to Hannah Montana (which is now in its final season), her squeaky-clean Disney image is already far behind. She can now legally let her hormones rage on.

RULING: Now legal