Timberlake calls Miley Cyrus `smart and talented`

Updated: Sep 20, 2013, 16:21 PM IST

Washington: Justin Timberlake has revealed that he thinks Miley Cyrus is smart and talented post her VMA theatrics.

The `Sexy Back` hitmaker told Matt Lauer on `TODAY` show that he is not saying that he agrees with the way the `We Can`t Stop` hitmaker presents herself, but he feels that parents tend to pick a role model for their kids in every 10-15 years, Us Magazine reported.

Timberlake said that the question is if parents want their daughters to be like the role models they have picked or not.

Timberlake had earlier defended the 20-year-old singer for her controversial performance at the MTV VMAs , saying that she is young and is letting everyone know that she is growing up.