08251314740, 10038812 Robin Thicke, left, and Miley Cyrus perform "Blurred Lines" at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Aug. 25, 2013, at the Barclays Center in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

London - Miley Cyrus says she is “messed up”.

The 'We Can't Stop' hitmaker - who recently shocked fans with her racy performance at the MTV Video Music Awards last weekend - admitted she has “issues” and struggles taking much-needed breaks from work.

Speaking to the Sunday People newspaper, she said: “I'm messed up ... I have so many f***ing issues.

“I am so f***ed up - everyone does dumb stuff when they are messed up.

“I don't have a normal life. I take a hiatus every now and again but I'm not good at that.”

The 20-year-old star rose to fame with the lead role in 'Hannah Montana' - but she claimed she was never like the clean-cut character she portrayed on the Disney Channel show.

She explained: “During 'Hannah Montana' I think people knew I was acting. I've never been able to hide anything, a bit like Justin Bieber.

“Others who have been on kids' shows try to act like their characters - but I'm not like that.

“I never pretended I was as good as the Disney Channel writes ... You will be amazed at some of the notes I got ... It's crazy. But they can't make ­people not grow up.” - Bang ShowBiz