This past week, Miley Cyrus revealed that she’s been sober for six months and attending therapy.
In the past, the singer has been open about smoking marijuana. However, in an interview with Variety, the singer noted she made the choice to avoid recreational drugs, alcohol, and harder substances after she had vocal chord surgery in November of 2019.
“By Understanding the Past, We Understand The Present”
“I’ve been sober, sober for the past six months. At the beginning, it was just about this vocal surgery,” she said, referencing her operation last year.
The 27-year-old went on to explain her decision to get sober came after thinking about her parent’s experiences that made her question her own. “My mum was adopted, and I inherited some of the feelings she had, the abandonment feelings and wanting to prove that you’re wanted and valuable.”
She continued, “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.”
Over the years, Cyrus has been outspoken about her use of alcohol and marijuana, and infamously smoked a joint while collecting an award at the MTV EMA 2013 awards in Amsterdam. However, now the singer is questioning her decisions and addressing her family history in therapy.
“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.”
The Stigma of A Sober Lifestyle
Though Cyrus is embracing a sober life, she’s also facing the downsides of a lifestyle that’s commonly stigmatized.
She added, “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 per cent, 100 per cent of the time. I don’t want to wake up feeling groggy. I want to wake up feeling ready.’
She added: “It’s been really important for me over the last year living a sober lifestyle, because I really wanted to polish up my craft.”