Why Does Miley Cyrus Stick Her Tongue Out? 'Wrecking Ball' Star Gets 'Embarrassed'

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Even since her infamous appearance at MTV’s Video Music Awards in August, whenever most people think about Miley Cyrus they think about the 21-year-old sticking her tongue out. She does it so often that it practically seems like she can’t make a public appearance and pose for a photo without her tongue coming out of her mouth. While some may have speculated the former Disney star is doing so just to be provocative, the “Wrecking Ball” singer explained to veteran journalist Barbara Walters for her annual “Most Interesting People” segment that she does the act for a much more humble reason.

"I get embarrassed to take pictures. That's actually the truth," Cyrus told Walters about being camera-shy in the interview, which was quoted by the New York Daily News. "I'm so embarrassed, because people are taking pictures of me, and I just don't know how to -- I don't know how to smile, and just be awkward, so I stick my tongue out, because I don't know what else to do."

Even though seemingly endless articles come up about Cyrus when her name is Googled, she doesn’t like entering her name in the search engine. She’s been quite a hot topic the last few months due to her new penchant for twerking and her latest album “BANGERZ,” which dropped in early October.

"I refuse to Google myself," she said. "The minute I stopped Googling myself, you don't imagine what a happier person I am."

Cyrus also explained that she was afraid to leave ex-fiancé Liam Hemsworth, and probably stayed with the Australian hunk longer than she should have.

"I was so scared of ever being alone, and I think, conquering that fear, this year, was actually bigger than any other transition that I had, this entire year," the singer said, as the interview was quoted by Us Weekly. "I don't ever want to have to need someone again, where you feel like, without them, you can't be yourself."

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