Miley Cyrus reveals she broke sobriety during pandemic: 'I'm not a moderation person'

Taryn Ryder
·Writer, Yahoo Entertainment
·3 min read

Miley Cyrus is opening up about her sobriety journey. After revealing in June she’s six months sober, the singer admitted to slipping amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Well, I, like a lot of people, being completely honest, during the pandemic fell off and felt really a lot of … and I would never sit here and go, ‘I’ve been f****** sober,’” Cyrus explained to Zane Lowe on Apple Music's New Music Daily, according to Just Jared. “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.”

Cyrus added, “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?’”

The singer, who turned 28 on Monday, called her slip a “f*** up.”

“Because I’m not a moderation person, and I don’t think that everyone has to be f****** sober,” she continued. “I think everyone has to do what is best for them. 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.”

Miley Cyrus says she's two weeks sober after falling off the wagon.
Miley Cyrus says she's two weeks sober after falling off the wagon. (Photo: FilmMagic)

Cyrus called herself “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 f****** do it anymore, I don’t,” she added. “The day that I do, I do. You know? But when I don’t want to it just is. I’m just very disciplined.”

The “Prisoner” songstress said she’s spent the last year in a reflective state.

“Twenty-seven to me was a year that I really had to protect myself,” she noted. “That actually really made me want to get sober was because we’ve lost so many icons at 27. It’s a very pivotal time. You go into that next chapter or this is it for you. I just feel that some of the artists that almost couldn’t handle their own power and their own energy and their own force. It’s an energy. I, no matter what, was born with that.”

Cyrus, whose new album Plastic Hearts will be released on Friday, first opened up about her “sober lifestyle” in June.

“I’ve been sober sober for the past six months. At the beginning, it was just about this vocal surgery,” Cyrus told Variety’s Marc Malkin of the Nov. 2019 procedure.

“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,” she shared on the Variety and iHeart podcast The Big Ticket. “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.”

Cyrus admitted there are some “hard” stigmas that go along with being sober at a young age.

“It’s really hard because, especially being young, there's that stigma of ‘You’re no fun,’” she explained at the time. “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 percent, 100 percent of the time. I don't want to wake up feeling groggy. I want to wake up feeling ready.”

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