Miley Cyrus is the latest celebrity to pay a virtual visit to Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show, and she had a lot to say in a sprawling and candid interview on Wednesday.
Cyrus, 28, opened up about her divorce from Liam Hemsworth, her struggles with sobriety during the pandemic, and even looked back on her “Hannah Montana” days.
Cyrus also discussed her sexy, bloody video for “Prisoner”, her new collab with Dua Lipa. “I did not get to have sex with her,” she quipped of the singer, admitting she’s uncertain whether or not she’d actually want to.
Cyrus went on, “She has a boyfriend, I’m free and can do whatever the f**k I want which feels great for the first time in years and years.
“She’s super f**king hot, but that isn’t it for me, that’s not what turns me on.”
She also discussed maintaining her sobriety, admitting, according to E! News, “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. Luckily, I haven’t gone back to using any drugs, but I was drinking during the pandemic.”
She also got candid discussing her divorce from “Hunger Games” star Liam Hemsworth, admitting “there was too much conflict” within the relationship.
“When I come home, I want to be anchored by someone,” she said. “I don’t get off on drama or fighting.”
When asked if one of the reasons behind the split was because she and Hemsworth are both in the limelight, Cyrus shared: “No what did in the marriage was we were together since I was 16, our house burned down, I don’t know if we ever actually thought we were going to get married but when we lost our house in Malibu… I had so much and it was all gone. I lost everything. I just clung to what I had left of that house which was me and him.
“I really do and did love him very very much.”
Looking back on her days on the Disney Channel, she recalled how some “Hannah Montana” fans found it tough to move on.
“Some of my audience was so attached to a character, which wasn’t me,” she explained.
“So, then that does a lot of psychological stuff, where it’s like, ‘Am I valuable as myself?’ Okay, the whole show’s premise was that when I had my normal hair and looked like myself, no one gave a s**t about me. And then when I got all dolled up and put a wig on, all of a sudden, you know, I’m being chased by people, chasing my tour bus. So, that’s a lot to put on a kid — to go, ‘When you’re yourself, no one gives a f**k.’ But then when they go and kind of groom you to look like something else, something that you’re not, and you’re really young, and it’s a lot of makeup and, you know, wigs and all this stuff, it does something psychologically.”
She did pick up one valuable skill from the experience. “I know how to lay down a wig like nobody else’s business. That I learned,” she joked. “But besides that, that was a little disinteresting to me psychologically.”
Cyrus also spoke about writing Plastic Hearts track “WTF Do I Know” about Hemsworth, revealing her songwriting process.
Cyrus then spoke about the surgery she had to save her voice, the advice she got from Paul Simon, and what it was like performing at Chris Cornell’s tribute concert. See more in the clips below.