Miley Cyrus Admits She ‘Fell off’ Sobriety in 2020: ‘I’m Not a Moderation Person’

For the past decade of her career, singer Miley Cyrus has worked to separate herself from her Disney-crafted persona. This was never more clear than when she’s used drugs. But Cyrus has had her ups and downs when it comes to substances. Learn how her relationship with them changed in 2020.

Miley Cyrus has a history of using substances

Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the MTV EMA's 2013 on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the MTV EMA’s 2013 on November 10, 2013 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

Cyrus’ history with drugs and alcohol dates back many years. Though she now admits to smoking marijuana on the set of Hannah Montana, her image during most of her Disney Channel tenure was squeaky clean. But after she was photographed using salvia, that all changed.

For a few years there, Cyrus became synonymous with weed. She famously smoked while on stage at the MTV European Music Awards in 2013 (above). And it’s not her only substance of choice. She also cited using MDMA in “We Can’t Stop” and hasn’t shied away from drinking alcohol.

She talked about getting ‘sober sober’

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Cyrus decided to get sober again in late 2019. In June 2020, she told Variety, “I’ve been sober sober for the past six months.” Following her vocal surgery, she says opted to maintain the lifestyle in part because “I did a lot of family history, which has a lot of addiction and mental health challenges.”

“By understanding the past, we understand the present and the future much more clearly,” she continued. But it was also a personal choice. “The thing that I love about it is waking up 100%, 100% of the time,” Cyrus added. “I don’t want to wake up feeling groggy. I want to wake up feeling ready.”

Cyrus ‘fell off’ during the coronavirus pandemic

However, recent months have tested Cyrus. “I, like a lot of people…during the pandemic, fell off,” she told Zane Lowe for Apple Music. “I would never sit here and go, ‘I’ve been f*cking sober.’ I didn’t, and I fell off,” she continued, adding that, at the time of the interview, she was “two weeks sober.”

“I feel like I really accepted that time, Cyrus said of her choice to return to sobriety. “I’m very disciplined,” she explained. “That’s why — it’s never easy, but it’s pretty easy for me to be sober. Or to be in and out of sobriety. Because the day I don’t want to f*cking do it anymore, I don’t. The day I do, I do.”

Why she calls the experience ‘a f*ck up’

Lowe questioned why she felt that she had to return to sobriety. “To me, it was a f*ck up because I’m not a moderation person,” Cyrus explained. “I don’t think that everyone has to be f*cking sober. I think that everyone has to do what’s best for them. I don’t have a problem with drinking. I have a problem with the decisions I make,” she added.

What kind of decisions is Cyrus referring to? Very relatable ones, like drunk dialing. “I get dialing the numbers and reaching out to people I’ve detached from purposefully,” she stated, perhaps referring to exes like Cody Simpson. “I become very impulsive,” she admitted.