Miley Cyrus Opens up About Her Recent Decision To Become Sober

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On September 2, Miley Cyrus got candid about sobriety in an interview with Joe Rogan for his podcast titled the “Joe Rogan Experience.”

In the interview, Cyrus revealed that her 2019 vocal surgery played a huge role in her decision to become sober. “I don’t smoke anymore, and I’m sober,” Cyrus said. “The vocal surgery kind of did it for me, because I just learned so much about the effects … You’re just not taught it’s not really the drinking, its the staying up all night. Once you have your drink, you end up smoking.”

Cyrus disclosed that she was diagnosed with Reinke’s Edema, ultimately being the cause of her surprise surgery in December of last year. According to The Voice Foundation, Reinke’s Edema is “caused by vocal fold irritation from voice misuse, smoking, and/or conditions that irritate the vocal folds, such as backflow of stomach fluids to the voice box.”

Cyrus originally revealed the news of her sobriety on June 23 to Variety. The “Midnight Sky” singer openly spoke to the magazine about her operation and how it influenced her to ultimately abstain from smoking, saying she’s been “sober sober” for the past six months.

“I’ve been sober sober for the past six months. At the beginning, it was just about this vocal surgery. … But I had been thinking a lot about my mother,” Cyrus said. “I did a lot of family history, which has a lot of addiction and mental health challenges. So just going through that and asking, ‘Why am I the way that I am?’ By understanding the past, we understand the present and the future much more clearly. I think therapy is great.”

Cyrus is now weaning herself off of both smoking and drinking, though the singer revealed that she will still have a celebratory drink every once in a while. On August 14, the singer chatted with Zane Lowe for Apple Music’s “New Music Daily,” revealing that she doesn’t want to be the “face of decision” for fans.

“I think I’m really delicate and thoughtful about the way that I talk about sobriety, because I think that it was something that was so important for me during this time, and I never like to become the end all, be all or the face of a decision,” Cyrus said. “That was something I did when I was a lot younger, too, where it was like, ‘This is how I’m living my life, and anyone that lives outside of this way, I am totally just supportive of anybody’s lifestyle choices.’ I think everyone has to figure out what they need for themselves in each season because it changes.”

Many fans have taken to social media to applaud Cyrus for her decision to quit smoking.

One fan that listened to Rogan’s podcast interview reached out to Cyrus on Twitter to share his congratulations.

We are so glad to see Miley so happy and healthy, and can’t wait to see what the future holds for her.
Cyrus’ talk with Joe Rogan is available to stream on both Apple Music and Spotify. To listen to her full interview with Zane Lowe, click here. To read Variety’s virtual discussion with Cyrus, visit Variety.com.