The creator of hit TV show Hannah Montana has called on the press to leave Miley Cyrus alone - insisting the media is unfairly scrutinising her life.
Cyrus, 15, shot to international fame on the Disney Channel programme, but has been hit by a series of scandals throughout this year.
Most recently, the teen was accused of inappropriately flaunting her body in a controversial Vanity Fair photoshoot.
But Michael Poryes, co-creator and executive producer of the series, insists the media should stop giving Cyrus a hard time, as she is just going through the usual stresses of being a teenager.
He says, "To say the tabloids are paying attention to her is a very kind way of saying it. It becomes like Miley Cyrus bites her finger nails is news at 11.
"They don't give her a break for being able to go through the aches and pains of being an adolescent. Everyone has the right to go through being an adolescent. They blow everything out of proportion and a little misstep becomes the biggest tragedy that ever struck mankind."And Poryes reveals that everyone involved with the TV show is going out of their way to make Cyrus feel better about herself.
He adds, "The challenge of that is to do our best to make Miley feel - at least in this circle of people - that it's fine to make mistakes, you're not going to be judged or scrutinised on set."
BLACK HANNAH MONTANA
Brown has penned the script and is set to star in the new series, which has been picked up by TV channel Nickelodeon and is scheduled to go into production later this year.The singer claims the show has a style similar to teen star Miley Cyrus' programme Hannah Montana - which has been a major global success - but insists it will appeal more to young, black kids.
She says, "I've written my own sitcom that's just been picked up by Nickelodeon that I start at Christmas.
"I'm the star of it. It's a bit like Hannah Montana, but the black version."