In the smartphone world, a celebrity has to be on her best behavior 24 hours a day. A minor fan incident started politely enough, when a gaggle of girls surrounded Miley Cyrus in mid-stride to a waiting helicopter.
According to the Daily Mail, the mega-star -- who was on a Costa Rica trip with beau Liam Hemsworth -- stopped for photos. That wasn't enough for the pint-sized paparazzi. After Cyrus said, "Sorry, gotta go honey," a woman from the pack yelled out an obscenity -- suffice it to say, a body part shared by both genders.
Cyrus' instinctive reaction was a stunned, equally foul-mouthed response that ended with, "Are you for real?" She kept walking and said, "We're on vacation, I'm not being [a body part shared by both genders], we're on vacation." Apparently such exchanges leave no lasting scars, because the persistent pack caught up with her at the copter and apologized. They posed for one last shot before Cyrus and Hemsworth boarded the chopper to their next destination.
Of course, the inevitable YouTube video has circulated, and Cyrus defended herself with three Tweets. "" Been trying not to tweet & just enjoy the holidays but just to clear something up I would NEVER swear to a fan. When someone yells something," she tweeted. "SO rude making ME look like an "a**hole" infront of fans who I am more than happy 2 take a picture w/ i cant tolerate that kind of rudeness" Then she ended on a positive holiday message. "Every1 who was there apologized 4 the womans brusque behavior. She obviously wasnt a fan. Hope every1 has a Merry Christmas! LOVE 2 ALL!"
YouTube commenters and fans (aka "Real Smilers") have been mostly on the singer's side, although some regret her in-the-heat-of-the-moment reaction in front of minor. In the spirit of the season, others were more understanding: "She said she needed to leave in a nice way," commented hallgrl95. "Yeah, I think she could have been the bigger person and just ignored the person, but every celebrity has their breaking point and/or bad days.
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