Miley Cyrus is smart, talented: Justin Timberlake

Los Angeles: Justin Timberlake may not be a fan of Miley Cyrus` controversial MTV VMA performance but he believes it is time people stopped picking on her.

Timberlake, who made a successful transition from being a child star, said the former Disney star should be left alone.

"I don`t know that I have a definitive thought in one direction or the other about it," Timberlake told Today`s Matt Lauer.

"I think she`s really smart, and I think she`s really talented. I`m not saying I agree with the presentation, but I also feel like every 10 to 15 years we pick somebody that this is what we`re going to do with them, is we`re going to make them the model of who we want our daughters to be or not be."

Timberlake had defended Cyrus shortly after her performance late last month.

"I like Miley. I like her a lot. I think, you know, she`s young. She`s letting everybody know that she`s growing up. I just think it`s the VMAs. It`s not like she did it at the Grammys. Let her do her thing, you know?," the actor-singer had said at that time.