It was earlier this summer that Miley Cyrus revealed to us all that she was sober sober, as in no booze, no drugs, and no weed. Miley, formerly the type of person to get so high enough to make eye contact with extraterrestrial life, was done getting high, after preparing for vocal cord surgery and then later, due to her examining addiction and dependency in her own family. Well, being sober is one thing, but being sober during a pandemic is a whole other mess. This is why we now have Miley Cyrus admitting that COVID-19 created the kind of environment that had her slipping up on her sobriety.
According to Miley, her sober journey began about six months prior, so around the turn of the new year. Well, any resolutions or self-care choices we made when the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve got tested tested in March, when the COVID-19 pandemic began for a lot of us. Miley explained during an interview with Apple Music’s New Music Daily that she had a sober slip-up, but she’s currently two weeks sober. via Us Weekly:
“Well, I, like a lot of people, being completely honest, during the pandemic fell off. And [I] felt really a lot of…and I would never sit here and go, ‘I’ve been fucking sober.’ I didn’t, and I fell off and 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.’ So don’t be mad at yourself, but ask yourself, ‘What happened?’ 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.”
Miley also talked about why she felt it was time to back away from the booze and weed and all that, and it’s not because she couldn’t handle it anymore, but that she couldn’t handle the type of choices she was making when she was getting ripped.
“I don’t have a problem with drinking. I have a problem with the decisions I make once I go past that level of…Even into, I’ve just been wanting to wake up 100 percent, 100 percent of the time. I’m very disciplined. 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 fucking do it anymore, I don’t.”
Sobriety is hard, and it’s also the kind of thing you work on forever, so Miley’s not-sober moment, however long it was, is totally normal and part of the process. And of course, it’s made even harder because of the pandemic. It’s messed up enough even for those lucky enough not to have issues with booze or drugs. Like, I recently felt a deep sense of guilt while throwing out a cottage cheese container that I had somehow grown really attached to. So my zero-judgment hat gets generously tipped to Miley’s ability to attempt the pandemic while also trying to be sober.