Miley Cyrus Talks 6 Month Battle With Sobriety; Tells Youth ‘You Can Be Sober & Fun’
Miley Cyrus – the wrecking ball swinging, leather-wearing, cowboy hats and boots prepped star – is here to say “you can be sober and fun”. And how exactly can someone who has been such a big advocate for smoking pot say that with confidence? Well, it’s because she’s living a sober life.
‘I’ve been sober sober for the past six months,’ she told Variety’s The Big Ticket podcast. ‘At the beginning, it was just about this vocal surgery…
I had really big vocal surgery in November. I had freaking four weeks where I wasn’t allowed to talk. I was so ripped writing on the whiteboard, yelling at everybody. I had this one big bicep from just yelling at mom and still trying to do meetings. But it prepared me for the stillness and the quietness.”
But the clarity and quiet time that she suddenly had on her hands led her to think about her family and the choices they have made in terms of substance abuse.
But I had been thinking a lot about my mother. My mom was adopted, and I inherited some of the feelings she had, the abandonment feelings and wanting to prove that you’re wanted and valuable. My dad’s parents divorced when he was 3, so my dad raised himself. I did a lot of family history, which has a lot of addiction and mental health challenges. So just going through that and asking, ‘Why am I the way that I am?’ By understanding the past, we understand the present and the future much more clearly.”
One of my favorite interviews is when I say, ‘Anyone that smokes weed is a dummy.’ That one I love to send to my parents, who are big stoners, every now and then. It’s been really important for me over the last year living a sober lifestyle, because I really wanted to polish up my craft.”
One of the bigger benefits of being sober that stand out to Miley is the clarity of mind that comes with not being on some form of substance.
The thing that I love about it is waking up 100%, 100% of the time. I don’t want to wake up feeling groggy. I want to wake up feeling ready.”
This echoes the sentiments the ‘Hannah Montana’ star shared with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show back in 2017. Miley, who had been sober then too, talked about how it was important to her that she was clear and able to sit and talk about what she was doing. At the time, the singer was promoting her album ‘Malibu’, which she says she was very passionate about.
With her being known for being very loud (in both the issues she advocates for and her rambunctious personality), 27-year-old ‘The Climb’ singer wants everyone to know that sobriety does not equal a boring Miley Cyrus. Instead, she wants to clear up the misconception that people to abstain from alcohol and drugs are ‘boring’. She said,
It’s really hard because especially being young, there’s that stigma of ‘you’re no fun. It’s like, ‘honey, you can call me a lot of things, but I know that I’m fun.’”
And, as Miley said, it is hard when everyone you know does it but as tough of a choice it is to make, it’s an important one. So kudos to her – and to everyone else – for pledging to forgo the high road for a clearer one.