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Over the years, Miley Cyrus has been open about her relationship with drugs and alcohol, revealing that she had remained sober after having vocal cord surgery back in 2019. Though she’d managed to maintain her sober lifestyle during the start of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Cyrus just revealed that she has since broken her sobriety, sharing a bit more about the struggles she’s faced and why she’s not being hard on herself about it.
In an interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s New Music Daily, Cyrus got candid about recent sobriety break. She said, “Well, I, like a lot of people, being completely honest, during the pandemic, fell off…and I would never sit here and go, ‘I’ve been fucking sober.” I didn’t, and I fell off.”
But instead of being critical of herself, it seems she’s moving past it without judgment. She added, “I realized that I now am back on sobriety, two weeks sober, and I feel like I really accepted that time.
"One of the things I’ve used is, ‘Don’t get furious, get curious,’" she said. "So don’t be mad at yourself, but ask yourself, ‘What happened?’”
Cyrus also revealed that, for her, drinking alcohol leads to impulsive behavior, and that she struggles with moderation. “To me, it was a fuck up because I’m not a moderation person, and I don’t think that everyone has to be fucking sober,” she continued. “I think everyone has to do what is best for them.”
When she drinks, Cyrus said she reaches out to “people [she’s] detached from purposely,” adding, “when we drink, sometimes there’s almost no future—[you do] whatever you want right now. I become very impulsive.”
“I’m very disciplined,” Cyrus continued. “That’s why it’s never easy, but it’s pretty easy for me to be sober or in and out of sobriety because it’s like the day I don’t want to f—ing do it anymore, I don’t. The day that I do, I do. You know? But when I don’t want to, it just is. I’m just very disciplined.”
Celebrating her 27th birthday last year was also a catalyst for her journey to sobriety. “Twenty-seven to me was a year that I really had to protect myself. That actually really made me want to get sober was because we’ve lost so many icons at 27. Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse are a few of the celebrities who all died at that age. It’s a very pivotal time. You go into that next chapter or this is it for you.”
We always appreciate that she’s so open about her experiences, because it’s that kind of candor from public figures that helps chip away at the stigmas surrounding substance abuse. We’re hoping that Miley (and all those who are struggling with similar issues) are finding ways to stay happy and healthy, and getting the support they need during this time.