Gyles Brandreth once twerked in a lift with Miley Cyrus.
The 75-year-old TV star met pop superstar Miley – who won her first Grammy Award on Sunday (04.02.24) for her megahit ‘Flowers’ – shortly after she had finished playing the title role in the Disney Channel series ‘Hannah Montana’ and adopted a far more risque image in which she had become known her squatting and provocatively thrusting her hips and he insisted on re-creating the move with her.
Speaking on ITV’s ‘This Morning’, he said: “I’m a Miley Cyrus groupie, I met her some years ago. She got a lot of publicity yesterday because of her extraordinary hairstyle. On Friday, I told you that I’d been stuck in a lift with Michael Jackson. Well. I’m here to tell you today that I was once stuck in a lift with Miley Cyrus.
“A building at the BBC, I was in the lift, the one on the left-hand side going up. And it stopped.
“I thought ‘This is Miley Cyrus, this is my chance to twerk!’ and she very courteously twerked back. It was quite a small twerk, but she definitely twerked!”
The ‘Celebrity Gogglebox’ star – who has been married to Michèle Brown since 1973 – watched the ceremony with his wife and joked that neither of them knew who many of the acts who performed were but admitted that in the end there was something for people of all ages.
He said: “My wife and I, we watched the Grammys and it was basically ‘Who, who, who? Oh, Joni Mitchell!’ This was good though because it was multigenerational, there was something for everybody!”
Upon scooping Record of the Year for ‘Flowers’, Miley – who earlier in the evening had also won Best Pop Solo Performance for the same song – stressed her life was “beautiful” even without any trophies.
She said: “Thank you all so much. This award is amazing but I really hope it doesn’t change anything because my life was beautiful yesterday. “Not everyone in the world will get a Grammy, but everyone in this world is spectacular so please don’t think this is important. Even though it’s very important, right guys?
“We’re very excited.
“I want to thank everyone standing on the stage right now, Tom, Tyler, Michael and Greg, our teams, my team, my mommy, my sister, my love, my main gaze because look how good I look. All the people that we love. Thank you all so much.
“I don’t think I’ve forgotten anyone… But I might have forgotten underwear! Bye.”