Miley Cyrus celebrates being six months sober, which she talked about in a new interview today (June 23).
The 27-year-old pop star opened up about her sobriety milestone on iHeart and Variety’s The Big Ticket podcast, where she discussed the dual impact of her vocal chord surgery in November 2019 and her parents’ family histories. “It’s been really important for me over the last year living a sober lifestyle, because I really wanted to polish up my craft. I had really big vocal surgery in November. I had freaking four weeks where I wasn’t allowed to talk,” Cyrus told Variety’s Marc Malkin.
She recalled the doctor telling the former Hannah Montana star that she needed the surgery due to “over-use of the vocal chords,” which she understood to come from her rigorous touring schedule since she was a 12-year-old hit sensation also conducting fan meet-and-greets. Teasing herself as someone who “just talks a sh– ton,” Cyrus still remembers this quote from one of her past interviews, which she still sends to “big stoner” parents Tish and Billy Ray Cyrus: “Anyone that smokes weed is a dummy.” But the superstar did some research to make sense of her families’ habits.
“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,” the “Mother’s Daughter” singer said. “My dad’s parents divorced when he was three, 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.”
She also debunked the stigma associated with being a young sober person and revealed her favorite part about her journey in the interview.
“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,’” Cyrus quipped. “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.”