Miley Cyrus: 'I'm Completely Clean Right Now'
The pop star is ditching her provocative stage persona—and weed—to reveal a more genuine self to heal a nation divided.
Pop star Miley Cyrus says she hasn’t smoked marijuana in three weeks—the longest she’s gone without it, she claims—and it’s all part of her turning a new leaf.
While “sitting across from a lighted wall plaque that reads ‘It’s 4:20 Somewhere’,” the singer told Billboard why she stopped smoking “for a second.”
“This is crazy, but I haven’t smoked weed in three weeks!” says Cyrus. “I like to surround myself with people that make me want to get better, more evolved, open. And I was noticing, it’s not the people that are stoned. I want to be super clear and sharp, because I know exactly where I want to be.”
In pursuit of her new self, she has taken up residence at a compound in Malibu, California owned by her recently reunited fiancé, actor Liam Hemsworth. On the property that they share with seven dogs, two pigs, and two miniature horses, she’s busy at work on her next album.
“This is Miley leaning into her roots more than I’ve ever heard,” says her father, country singer and actor Billy Ray Cyrus, about the album. “For her, this is honest.”
Her new self is miles away from the Miley who smoked weed in front of her mom and hosted an art display that featured real drugs.
At the compound, she does two hours of Ashtanga yoga every day and enjoys walking her dogs, grocery shopping and being a normal person—a departure from her stage persona in recent years. This desire to be genuine was inspired by, of all things, Donald Trump’s election as President of the United States.
“I like talking to people that don’t agree with me, but I don’t think I can do that in an aggressive way,” says Cyrus. “I don’t think those people are going to listen to me when I’m sitting there in nipple pasties, you know?”
Having supported Bernie Sanders in the primaries and Hillary Clinton in the general election, she was not thrilled with Trump’s win. But instead of letting herself grow apathetic, she wants to reach out to Trump supporters with her new music.
“This record is a reflection of the fact that yes, I don’t give a fuck, but right now is not a time to not give a fuck about people,” she says. “I’m giving the world a hug and saying, ‘Hey, look. We’re good—I love you.’ And I hope you can say you love me back.”
Dropping the partying was part of the change she wanted to see in herself.
“I used to [resist changing]. But I haven’t smoked weed in three weeks, which is the longest I’ve ever [gone without it],” she says. “I’m not doing drugs, I’m not drinking, I’m completely clean right now! That was just something that I wanted to do.”
Miley originally broke free of her Hannah Montana image with the song “We Can't Stop,” which producers said wasn’t about drugs but Miley said it totally was.