In an intimate new interview with Apple Music's Zane Lowe, Miley Cyrus reveals she briefly fell back into drinking during the pandemic. The singer hasn't shied away from talking about her relationship with alcohol in the past. In June 2020, she told Variety she had been sober for six months. "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.
Miley, who just turned 28, added that the spectre of the '27 club' – legendary musicians like Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse who tragically died at the age of 27 – had motivated that lifestyle. "27 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," the "Midnight Sky" singer shared. "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," she said.
"I, like a lot of people, being completely honest, during the pandemic fell off [sobriety]", she told Zane. "I fell off and I realised that I now am back on sobriety, two weeks sober, and I feel like I really accepted that time."
The artist added that rather than beat herself up about it, she's going for a more inquisitive approach. ""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?".
Catch the full interview below:
Written by Reena Gupta, a Melbourne-based writer at MTV Australia. Follow her at @purpletank