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Miley Cyrus will appear in the next issue of Vanity Fair. The singer and actress did the photo shoot with Annie Leibovitz and it was widely reported that Cyrus was topless. In a statement released today, Miley was quoted as saying:

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. I never intended for any of this to happen and I apologize to my fans who I care so deeply about.”

According to People magazine, Cyrus is clothed in the photos but is shown in such a way that she appears to be topless. The Disney Channel, after learning of the Vanity Fair photo spread and article also issued a statement critical of the magazine. They said:

Unfortunately, as the article suggests, a situation was created to deliberately manipulate a 15-year-old in order to sell magazines.”

The 15 year old has had several instances where private photos were leaked on the internet over the past six months. While the photos have been slightly suggestive, the nature of these pictures can clearly be classified as teenage antics.

One shot showed the teen star in what looked like girl-girl kiss photos but was actually the swapping of candy between the two BFF’s. Her latest photos show her cuddled up with a boy on a couch. The shots seem more staged than candid, but they have caused a good deal of interest none the less. Check out Miley’s underwear photos here.

In a response to the criticism she has received for sharing her personal photos on line, she issued the following statement:

The pictures of me on the Internet were silly, inappropriate shots. I appreciate all the support of my fans, and hope they understand that along the way I am going to make mistakes and I am not perfect. I never intended for any of this to happen and I am truly sorry if I have disappointed anyone.”

Cyrus is also featured on German Vanity Fair Online, where she is being called The New Britney Spears in a three page interview in German – for those who are fluent in the language.

Check out the Vanity Fair Annie Leibovitz photos below. We’ve also got a new photo from Disney HERE.

Photo Credit: Today Show NBC