The "Get Lucky" crooner, who worked with Cyrus on her new album Bangerz, is opening up to Complex magazine and defending Cyrus' headline-making transition from teen star to all-grown-up music sensation.
"Yeah, it's tough to be that age, and to have to make all those decisions yourself," Pharrell tells the mag. "And it's the people you're surrounded by, too. I'm not worried about Miley. I've seen her soul in action. I know her voice, her voice is crazy. I keep saying it to everybody: You gotta remember, she's  years old and enjoying her life. She's enjoying her freedom."
He continued, "When you see her, when you read her words and you listen to her musical choices, and you look at what she's wearing—I'm not talking about when she goes on stage, I'm talking about her everyday dressing—she shuts it the f--k down. Not too many people really understand the Chanel vocabulary like her. Like, she's a problem."
Pharrell's kind words didn't stop there.
"Now, when she goes on stage, she's expressing something else," he went on. "You know, when she's making her music she's expressing something else. She's expressing where she is in her life and her freedom. So while everybody else is being judgmental, they're not taking into account that she's been basically locked behind a camera all her life. And by the way, for good reason. All them years with Disney, and all them years with Billy Ray Cyrus as her dad and Dolly Parton as her godmother, did some good on that voice. But, you know, people are just watching her evolution of a young mind, but an old soul."