Seventeen thousand fans flocked to Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi arena on Friday to see the former child actor turned pop sensation but were left perplexed when she arrived on stage waving the flag of a different would-be independent nation.
The singer was seemingly unaware that the ikurriña is the flag of the Basque Country and not Catalonia where the concert was taking place.
Many Catalans want to hold a referendum on independence from Spain and the estelada flag of the separatist movement has become a common sight on Barcelona's streets. The ikurriña is, however, understandably very rarely seen.
Miley was apparently untroubled by the mix-up and went on to delight her mainly teen and pre-teen followers by performing hits from her latest album, ‘Bangerz’.
Cyrus, 21, is the daughter of ‘Achy Breaky Heart’ singer Billy Ray Cyrus and rose to fame in her own right as the clean-cut star of Disney’s ‘Hannah Montana’ show. But the star recently hit headlines worldwide for raunchy 'twerking' dance performances at the MTV awards and highly sexualized music videos.
While in Barcelona she posted a topless photograph of herself on Instagram and attracted criticism from some media pundits for taking her 14-year-old sister Tish to a nightclub.