Just one day after Brad Pitt broke the internet with a revealing interview in which he admitted that he no longer smokes weed or drinks alcohol, another celebrity renowned for her love of getting high has also publicly renounced pot.
In a candid new interview with Billboard, Miley Cyrus said that she abstained from marijuana while recording her upcoming album.
“I like to surround myself with people that make me want to get better, more evolved, open,” she said. “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.”
Cyrus said that her decision to give up weed and alcohol — she hadn’t smoked in three weeks at the time of the interview — was part of an evolution that crystalized on her still untitled sixth studio album. Gone are the trap-influenced sounds of her 2013 album Bangerz.
“I can’t listen to that anymore,” she said. “That’s what pushed me out of the hip-hop scene a little. It was too much “Lamborghini, got my Rolex, got a girl on my cock” – I am so not that.”
Instead, Cyrus is “leaning into her roots,” her father Billy Ray Cyrus told Billboard, starting with the lead single “Malibu”. Cyrus described the song as a love ballad she wrote for her fiancé Liam Hemsworth, with whom she currently lives after the pair rekindled their romance in 2016. Cyrus admitted that they had to “refall for each other,” and that three years ago she could never imagine herself writing a song about their love for each other.
But Hemsworth isn’t the only person she had in mind while writing her new album. Cyrus also wants to appeal to a wide range of Americans, including those who don’t agree with her left-leaning politics.
“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 said. “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.”
“I like the way I think right now,” she continued. “But don’t Trump supporters like the way they think? So I’ve also got to be open with the way I approach people with my opinions. That’s the only way to make real change.”
Cyrus’ new single "Malibu” is officially out May 11. Read the rest of her interview with Billboard here.