Disney star Miley Cyrus, 15, tells ET she's "embarrassed" about the topless picture of her showing her naked back with a sheet wrapped around herself in the new Vanity Fair issue.
"I took part in a photo shoot that was supposed to be 'artistic' and now, seeing the photographs and reading the story, I feel so embarrassed," she says. "I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about."
The topless photo, in the mag on sale next week, accompanies an interview with Miley and her dad, Billy Ray, and were shot by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz.
Vanity Fair editors respond to criticism and Miley's apology by issuing this statement: "Miley's parents and/or minders were on the set all day. Since the photo was taken digitally, they saw it on the shoot and everyone thought it was a beautiful and natural portrait of Miley. In fact, when Bruce Handy interviewed Miley, he asked her about the photo and she was very cheerful about it and thought it was perfectly fine."
However, a Disney Channel spokesperson says: "Unfortunately, as the article suggests, a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines."
This latest publicity stunt follows the other set of racy photos Miley posed for, the ones that came out last week which showed the pop star draped over the lap of her then-boyfriend, her producer's son, while another showed her pulling down her top to reveal her green bra.