Miley Cyrus Opens Up About Being Six Months Sober And Family Addiction

Katie O'Malley
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From ELLE

Miley Cyrus has openly discussed her sobriety, revealing that she’s been six months sober and going to therapy.

In a new interview with Variety, the 27-year-old spoke about her decision to avoid recreational drugs like alcohol and even harder substances.

‘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.

Explaining that her decision to go sober came after thinking about her mother, Tish Cyrus, the singer continued, adding: ‘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.

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‘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.’

The ‘Climb’ singer added that being aware of her parents’ experiences has made her question her own.

‘By understanding the past, we understand the present and the future much more clearly. I think therapy is great,’ she noted.

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Congratulating journalist Marc Malkin, who interviewed her for the publication, for celebrating his own sobriety ‘birthday’, Cyrus noted: ‘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.’

Over the years, Cyrus has spoken about her use of alcohol and cannabis, and infamously smoked a joint while collecting an award at the MTV EMA 2013 awards in Amsterdam.

Look back over her career, she said: ‘One of my favourite interviews is when I say, “Anyone that smokes weed is a dummy.” That one I love to send to my parents, who are big stoners, every now and then.

‘It's been really important for me over the last year living a sober lifestyle, because I really wanted to polish up my craft.’

Speaking about her vocal surgery last year, which saw her cared for by her boyfriend Cody Simpson at the time, she stated: ‘I had freaking four weeks where I wasn't allowed to talk. I was so ripped writing on the whiteboard, yelling at everybody [Laughs].

‘I had this one big bicep from just yelling at mom and still trying to do meetings. But it prepared me for the stillness and the quietness.’

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