Two weeks ago, Miley Cyrus released the music video for her new single “Wrecking Ball,” and was subsequently criticized for appearing naked throughout the shoot. Now, the singer is sharing the video’s director’s cut, and this time, it’s all about the raw emotion.
The original video starts out as a close-up of the singer shedding a tear before panning to other shots of her licking a sledgehammer and swinging on a wrecking ball. In the new version, though, the camera stays closed-in on her face for the entire four minutes. Several times, the 20-year-old has to wipe tears away from her cheeks while still mouthing the words. On more than one occasion, Miley even has to take a quick break from “singing” to compose herself.
After weeks of negative press for her sexed-up image and raunchy behavior, it’s refreshing to see Miley stripped down and raw in this version of the video. However, on the same day it was released, the singer also showed off her new tattoo, which many are deeming “trashy” — the words Rolling $tone on the bottom of her feet.