Several years ago, when Miley Cyrus was going through her “We Can’t Stop”, twerking on a perv in Beetlejuice drag, wild child phase, she was a loud and proud mess of a party girl. In the years that followed she made her love of drugs well known, through both her style choices and super “artsy” psychedelic-inspired collaborations with Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips.
But now, at the wise old age of 27, little Miley has been clean and sober for six months. Like sober sober. I know, not even her beloved weed! In a Zoom interview with Variety, Miley shared that she initially stopped smoking and drinking to prep for a vocal surgery (from overusing her vocal cords by singing, being too loud, and talking too much), but stuck with it because of the psychology of it all:
I’ve been sober sober for the past six months. At the beginning, it was just about this vocal surgery. … 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. I think therapy is great.
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.” 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.
I agree with Miley there. Hangovers blow. Even the morning after smoking weed I’m a grog-monster. And now she’s at that age where a hangover is an all-day (sometimes two-day) affair. No more shooting out of bed and rallying to party again that night. Sigh.
In the months before Miley got sober she went through a very public divorce with Liam Hemsworth, followed by a rebound relationship, and then rebound rebound relationship with another Australian square-jawed blonde, 23-year-old “musician” (um, name me ONE song) Cody Simpson. She’s still with Cody, and they’re quarantining together. In November, he Instagrammed that he was four months sober. Awww, sober (fuck) buddies!
Now that Miley’s off booze and drugs, will she be unbanned from the Grammys? Her rock and roll hijinks were clearly way too edgy for an industry known for being stone-cold sober party poopers. Come on, dudes, she was just bein’ Miley!