Miley Cyrus is Billboard Magazine’s latest cover star, and in an interview with the magazine, she shares details about her life, from quitting drugs, to being a judge on The Voice, to her soon-to-be-released song “Malibu“, her relationship with Liam Hemsworth and more.
Read excerpts from the interview below
On her upcoming 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. 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.”
On quitting smoking weed: I haven’t smoked weed in three weeks, which is the longest I’ve ever [gone without it]. I’m not doing drugs, I’m not drinking, I’m completely clean right now! That was just something that…I wanted to do. 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.
On how easy it is to stop smoking: It’s easy, dude. When I want something, it’s f—ing easy for me. But if anyone told me not to smoke, I would not have done it. It’s because it was on my time. I know exactly where I am right now. I know what I want this record to be. And not in the sense of manipulation — wanting something from my fans or the audience, like some slimy thing — “How do I get attention?” I never thought about that. Dude, I was shocked that people gave a f–k about the [MTV Video Music Awards in 2013, when she performed with Robin Thicke] — the twerking, the teddy bear. It’s a totally different time, and I don’t think that would freak people out anymore.
On “The Voice” and wanting to be taken seriously as a country artist: I’m down for hanging with Blake Shelton. I actually want to take advantage of the fact that he’s there because his fans don’t really take me seriously as a country artist. One, I haven’t given them that music. But I’ve got a tattoo of Johnny Cash’s autograph that he gave me when I was a little girl that says, ‘I’m in your corner.’ Dolly Parton is my fucking godmother. The fact that country music fans are scared of me, that hurts me. All the nipple pastie sh-t, that’s what I did because I felt it was part of my political movement, and that got me to where I am now. I’m evolving, and I surround myself with smart people that are evolved.
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