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Everyone from Ariana Grande to Teen Mom’s Jenelle Evans has decided to weigh in on Miley Cyrus’s recent transformation into the under-dressed pop mega star who is constantly surrounded by controversy. But if anyone’s qualified to have an opinion on Miley’s recent behavior, it’s Demi Lovato — another star who grew up under the overprotective eye of The Mouse and lived to tell the tale.

Demi’s been protective of Miley in the past, warning her to be careful when it comes to partying so she won’t repeat the mistakes that so famously led Demi to her stint in rehab  So what’s Demi saying now?

“I think that she knows what she’s doing,” Demi told Katie Couric when she recently stopped by her show, which airs today. “I know a lot of artists take that route of shock value, and that’s totally fine, and that’s great. But I think that she has such an incredible voice that’s overshadowed by some of the things that she’s doing.”

“It’s her journey,” Demi continued. “She’s having fun, she’s being who she is, and I will always love her. She’s been one of my friends since I was, like, 14.”

In a time when the Bangerz singer has received nothing but criticism, we think a little support from an old friend could do her some good — especially from Demi Lovato, who knows exactly where Miley’s coming from.

And Demi’s quick to acknowledge that she’s been the subject of similar controversy during her transition from child star to adult, too.

“I didn’t twerk, I just went to rehab,” Demi joked.

Source: E! Online