Miley Cyrus admits she 'fell off' sobriety during pandemic, but is now 'two weeks sober'
Miley Cyrus is celebrating two weeks of sobriety.
The "Wrecking Ball" singer, who shared she was six months sober in June, revealed in an interview with Zane Lowe for Apple Music released Monday that she had slipped up amid the pandemic.
"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," said the musician, whose new album, "Plastic Hearts," arrives Friday. "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?'"
Cyrus said she's "not a moderation person" and clarified that her issue is not with alcohol, but the resulting consequences of her actions under the influence.
"I don't have a problem with drinking," she continued. "I have a problem with the decisions I make once I go pass that level ... I've just been wanting to wake up 100%, 100% of the time."
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Cyrus, who turned 28 Monday, also spoke about the need to safeguard herself over the last year.
"Twenty-seven to me was a year that I really had to protect myself. That actually really made me want to get sober, because we've lost so many icons at 27," said Cyrus. 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," Cyrus said. "You go into that next chapter or this is it for you.
"I just feel that some of the artists almost couldn't handle their own power and their own energy and their own force," she added.
As a guest on the Variety and iHeart Radio podcast “The Big Ticket" in June, the singer said living sober was prompted by her music.
"It’s been really important for me over the last year living a sober lifestyle, because I really wanted to polish up my craft," she said. "I had really big vocal surgery in November. I had freaking four weeks where I wasn’t allowed to talk… But it prepared me for the stillness and the quietness."
She said at the time she'd been "sober sober" for the past six months, revealing her reasoning for being sober began to shift.
"At the beginning, it was just about this vocal surgery," she explained. "But I had been thinking a lot about my mother. My mom (producer Tish Cyrus) 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 (country artist Billy Ray Cyrus) 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."
Contributing: Sara M. Moniuszko
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