updated 10/07/2013 AT 10:30 AM ET
•originally published 10/07/2013 AT 10:45 AM ET
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.”