Lady Gaga defends Miley Cyrus: 'Lighten up and leave her alone'

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lady-gaga-defends-miley-cyrus-watch-what-happens-live-gi.jpgEver since Miley Cyrus took the stage at the 2013 MTV VMAs in August, it seems all people want to talk about is how out of control and over the top the former Disney princess has become. One celebrity firmly in Cyrus' corner? Lady Gaga.

Appearing on Bravo's "Watch What Happen Live" on Wednesday (Sept. 11), Gaga was questioned by host Andy Cohen about her thoughts on Cyrus' raunchy performance with Robin Thicke during the award show. Gaga didn't hold back.

"I mean, I just think everybody need to lighten up and leave her alone," the pop star said, to much applause from the studio audience. "Because it's pop music. Everybody's entitled to their own artistic expression, and if you have a problem with it, just change the channel."

Gaga continued to defend the "Wrecking Ball" singer, arguing that Cyrus is still growing up and shouldn't be judged so harshly. "I just -- I don't understand the incessant need to constantly go on and on about hating things all the time because, what, she's 20 years old? And if anything, I give her props," she added. "You know, she's growing up in front of the entire world and maybe she's not so happy with stuff she did in her career when she was younger and she wants to be free, so let her do what she wants."

Do you agree with Gaga's defense of Cyrus?
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