JACKSONVILLE, ONSLOW COUNTY - The Camp Lejeune Marine who's asking Miley Cyrus to accompany her to the Marine Corps Ball explained why she picked the controversial singer/actress.
"I just wanted her to come," said Sgt. Jenna "Jay" Owings, a landing support specialist with the 2nd Marine Logistics Group. "It's not like I'm trying to get an actual date with her, you know what I mean, which is what people are perceiving it to be- which is not the case. I just really want to meet her."
Owings posted a video on YouTube Tuesday, asking the 20-year-old Cyrus to accompany her to the ball on Nov. 7 at the Greenville Convention Center.
Cyrus recently gained controversy for her performance with singer Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. But Owings said her asking Cyrus to the Marine Corps Ball has nothing to do with what went on at the VMA.
"[Miley] just likes to have fun. She likes to love life and I'm all about that," Owings said. "I support her 100 percent."
Although Cyrus is making headlines for her VMA performance, Owings said she doesn't want controversy at the Marine Corps Ball. Instead, she just wants the singer/actress to learn a thing or two about the Marine Corps, and maybe even sing a little too.
"It's a classy event. It's to build camaraderie, build the morale within the Marines. It's very traditional. It's very history-filled," Owings said.
Owings told NewsChannel 12 even her husband is supportive of her asking Cyrus to the ball.
"My husband is completely okay with it," Owings said. "He's all about it."
In Owings' YouTube video to Cyrus, the Marine said the following:
"I just want to start of by saying, you're awesome, despite what anyone else says. You have my love and you are just amazing. You are beautiful, talented, and I want to meet you."
Owings continued to say that this will be her last ball; she will be leaving the Corps after seven years of service.
"If you were to be my ball date, that would not only make my day, not only make my night, that would make my life," Owings said in the video. "I could not think of anything else that I want more than for you to be my ball date."
The trend to invite celebrities to the Marine Corps Ball began when Cpl. Kelsey De Santis posted a YouTube video asking singer/actor Justin Timberlake to be her date for the event in Washington, D.C. Timberlake accepted the invite and went to the ball with De Santis in November 2011.
Timberlake told his "Friends With Benefits" costar, Mila Kunis, about the annual ball, and she agreed to go to one in Greenville with Sgt. Scott Moore in November 2011. Moore had posted a YouTube video asking the actress to accompany him.
Kim Kardashian also got invited to a Marine Corps Ball. Cherry Point Sgt. Martin Gardner said he sent an email to the reality star while he was deployed in Guatemala. Just before he left the Central American country, he got a "yes" from Kardashian, who went to the ball with him in November of last year.
The Marine Corps Ball marks the founding of the Marines in 1775.