Miley Cyrus grew up in the spotlight, charming millions of little girls as Hannah Montana, and then captivating audiences when she launched her much more sophisticated music career. Instead of catering to her Disney fan base, Cyrus sought to separate herself from her past and put out music that was laden with drug references, and began glorifying drug use and partying. All things typical of someone who is looking to make a statement about their independence and their departure from the squeaky clean person everyone knows them as. However, for Miley Cyrus, this lifestyle took a toll on her relationships and her career.
The Damaging Hollywood Party Lifestyle
After announcing the end of her engagement to her longtime boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth, Cyrus began to promote her newest album, Bangerz. The music was full of references to drugs, drinking and partying. Even the title of the album was a reference to non-stop partying. And Miley lived up to her to work, she was spotted all over with joints, alcohol and other drugs.
However, after the Bangerz tour was over, Miley reconsidered her lifestyle. Realizing that the drug use, constant drinking and partying was getting in the way of her growth as an artist, Miley chose to quit smoking and drinking. This has had a profound effect on her life, starting with the reconciliation between her and Hemsworth and the inception of newest album; Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz.
Commitment to Sobriety
“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,” Miley Cyrus said in a recent interview.
Miley is not the only celebrity who has chosen to remove drugs and alcohol from her life. In fact, she is just part of a growing trend among Hollywood to seek sobriety rather than oblivion. Woody Harrelson, James Franco, Andre 3000, Lady Gaga and Brad Pitt have all announced their sobriety recently as well. It would be great if their actions would help influence others in music, film and tv to set positive examples as well, and help reverse many of the drinking and drugging trends of pop culture.