National Recovery Month: Miley Cyrus decided to sober up after divorcing Liam Hemsworth
The 'Can't Be Tamed' singer celebrated 6 months of sobriety in June 2020 after spending years battling abandonment issues
Trust Miley Cyrus to have the conversations that many cannot have. The singer is a trailblazer in her own right, paving her own path with her raspy voice, influencing millions with her musical talent, style and just unabashedly being herself. Fame came earlier to her, just like all Disney artists, and along came a lot of scrutinies where her every move was dissected by fans and the media. However, Miley has continued to push along on her path and with time has only become more open with her audiences, letting them in on everything that affects her — her divorce (which she claimed felt like death), sexuality, as well as her decision to avoid recreational drugs, alcohol and even harder substances.
Miley's decision to be sober came after she divorced husband Liam Hemsworth after over 10 years of being together, according to a Sun report. In an interview with Variety in June this year, speaking about her choice of steering clear from drugs, she said, "I've been sober for the past six months. At the beginning, it was just about this vocal surgery." She underwent a vocal chord surgery in November 2019. Miley further explained why she decided to attain sobriety and most of it had to do with the thoughts that she had about her mother Tish Cyrus. "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 had also spoken about her father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, saying he too grew up in a broken home. "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." What she meant to do with getting information on her family history was to gain awareness about the experiences of her parents in their initial years, which in turn 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.
While she doesn't condone alcohol use, Miley actively advocates the use of marijuana and has never shied away from doing so openly. Cyrus has also recently confirmed that she’s not using weed anymore. "I think alcohol is way more dangerous than marijuana – people can be mad at me for saying that, but I don’t care. I’ve seen a lot of people spiral down with alcohol, but I’ve never seen that happen with weed," she said once in a Rolling Stone interview, earlier this decade.
September 2020 marks the 31st year of National Recovery Month and with this column we aim to share the experiences of public figures and celebrities with mental disorders and substance abuse, to raise awareness and normalize asking for help.