Miley Cyrus broke her sobriety during coronavirus lockdown, but ‘luckily didn’t go back to drugs’

Patrick Kelleher
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Miley Cyrus has opened up about her struggle to maintain her sobriety during the coronavirus pandemic.

The “Midnight Sky” singer gave up alcohol and drugs in 2019 after she underwent vocal surgery – but she started drinking again in 2020, she told Howard Stern on SiriusXM on Wednesday (2 December).

“The hardest times have been in this pandemic. I am always truthful. And a lot of people, their sobriety broke during this time. I was one of them,” Cyrus said.

“Luckily, I haven’t gone back to using any drugs, but I was drinking during the pandemic.”

However, she said she was not calling it a “relapse” as alcohol was not her “demon”.

“If anything, it just makes me not reach my full potential, which is unacceptable to me. Like, I will not accept anyone or anything that causes me to not reach my fullest potential.”

Miley Cyrus reflected on her failed marriage to Liam Hemsworth

Elsewhere in the interview, Miley Cyrus reflected on the breakdown of her marriage to Liam Hemsworth, saying there was “too much conflict” in their relationship.

Cyrus dated Hemsworth on and off for almost a decade before they tied the knot in December 2018. She announced that she had split from Hemsworth in August 2019.

The singer revealed that losing their home to California wildfires prompted them to wed.

Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus at Saint Laurent mens spring summer 20 show on June 06, 2019 in Malibu, California.
Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus at Saint Laurent mens spring summer 20 show on June 06, 2019 in Malibu, California. (Presley Ann/WireImage)

“Me being an intense person and not wanting to sit with it and not wanting to go, you know, ‘What could be purposeful about this?’ I just clung to what I had left of that house, which was me and him,” Cyrus said.

“And I really do and did love him very, very, very much and still do, always will.”

However, she said there was “too much conflict” in their relationship.

“When I come home, I want to be anchored by someone. I don’t get off on drama or fighting.

After Cyrus married Hemsworth, she reminded the world that she was still “a proud member of the LGBTQ+ community”.

Speaking to Vanity Fair at the time, Cyrus said that she and her husband were “redefining, to be f***ing frank, what it looks like for someone that’s a queer person like myself to be in a hetero relationship”.

Cyrus, who came out as pansexual in 2015 and as gender-neutral in 2017, added: “A big part of my pride and my identity is being a queer person.”

“What I preach is: People fall in love with people, not gender, not looks, not whatever. What I’m in love with exists on almost a spiritual level.

“It has nothing to do with sexuality,” she explained. “Relationships and partnerships in a new generation – I don’t think they have so much to do with sexuality or gender.”