"It's kind of what I want," Cyrus, 20, told Matt Lauer on the Today show Monday. "I'm an artist, so I'm hoping that I get a little attention, otherwise my record sales might be a little sketch. ... I don't ever really plan to offend people, but sometimes that just happens, because I think people aren't open to what they don't understand."
Of her VMA performance with Robin Thicke, Cyrus said: "It went exactly as planned. I mean, it's a month later and we're still talking about it."
Lauer, noting that he'd never look at a foam finger the same way again, asked the former Hannah Montana star if her hypersexualized persona was a phase. "I heard when you turn 40, things start to go a little less sexual," Cyrus said coyly to Lauer, 55.
"Don't say that," Lauer responded, smiling.
"I'm a big fan of hers, so it doesn't really matter," Cyrus said of their war of words. "I think she's an incredible artist, I think she's an awesome songwriter, and I was really inspired by her for my 'Wrecking Ball' video, which was what started the whole thing."
"I can't change the past," she added. "I don't really regret anything. ... I'm the happiest I've ever been in my whole life."
Watch Cyrus' full interview with Lauer below: