Miley Cyrus dialed in to SiriusXM’s “The Morning Mash-Up” on Friday morning (Aug. 14) to talk about getting sober, the meaning of her new single “Midnight Sky” and whether she’ll ever get married again.
Promoting the new single from her upcoming She is Miley Cyrus album, Cyrus spoke with the hosts of the Hits 1 morning show and explaining how knocking off the weed helped keep her head clear enough to work on the empowering song.
“You just definitely want to feel like you are just in control of your own life and not trying to control anyone else’s,” Cyrus said. “So for me to be able to really have a good, clear understanding of the last two years, which there was some traumatic experiences — losing the house in Malibu and going through a really public breakup — I think I just really needed some clarity. And so it was just really important to me to be able to like really sit with my thoughts.”
Like everyone else, during the long COVID-19 lockdown, Cyrus said she, literally, cleaned her house to a high polish and then had to turn the mirror on herself and clean out the things she’s been holding in for way too long. “Things that belong to you, and things that don’t, and things that no longer serve you,” she said. “And that was really, really healthy for me. And I don’t think I could have done that if my mom hadn’t smoked all my weed, and I didn’t have any left.”
The team also asked Miley if, following her divorce from Liam Hemsworth, she’d consider getting married ever again, or maybe even having kids some day. “Not really, I never really cared that much. I am sure that my fans are going to pull up me at 12 saying, ‘Oh I want to have kids,’ but like I don’t, as a 27-year-old woman that would have a little bit more of a realistic idea of what they want,” she said. “That has never been kind of my priority. I actually think in a way, just looking at our climate change and our water and food it feels like to me if anything to me if anything that I would like to take someone that is on the earth.”
If she’s being honest, Cyrus thinks adoption is a great option and while she’s got no beef with people who want to have children, it’s just not a priority in her life. “For me I don’t just really think about marriage and things like this anymore… I follow a lot of feminists online and it’s kind of like, how many men do you ask if they are going to get married or have kids,” she said. “I’m sure maybe you do want to buy into Jonas Brothers and things like that but I don’t think that many men feel the pressure to have kids and to get married.”
As for what writing the intensely personal lyrics to “Midnight Sky” taught her, Cyrus pointed to the line about “forever and ever, no more” and what it might mean to her fans. “You asked me to kind of explain briefly what my song is about. And I think it’s my relationship with the stigma,” she explained, noting that if your “forever” doesn’t work out then some people consider you a failure.
“And I just don’t think that. I think we’re kind of set up for devastation — in that, from the time we’re little kids, we’re taught to claim other humans as our best friends forever. And you just don’t know who you’re going to be sitting with here right now. You never know who you’re going to evolve to be and who they’re going to evolve to be. So I think that we, especially as women in relationships, a lot of the time we can get villainized when ‘forever’ doesn’t happen.”
And Miley, for one, thinks that kind of thinking just sets you up to be disappointed. “We’re changing and evolving and understanding ourselves from such a different perspective that it just feels like forever is definitely a big word, especially for someone young, especially as three-years-old, we’re like, ‘Oh, this is my best friend forever.’ It’s like, ‘You have no idea what Allie is going to become.'”
Miley also reacted to those rumors of a possible Dua Lipa collab, explaining that they’ve had a few writing sessions so far when Cyrus was in London working on “Nothing Breaks (Like a Heart)” with Mark Ronson and the connection was instant. ” together, we’ve had a few sessions. When I was in London during “Nothing Breaks [Like a Heart].”
“One thing that I really loved about Dua is that she is one of those people that if you’re talking to her, she is like listening so closely and really engaged and really present, I know, especially when you’re kind of a new artist, it’s all going so fast that it’s hard to really zone in,” she said. “And when someone is kind of getting in there with you, you really engage with them and I always loved that about her. So, it’s a really easy collaborative process because of just how there and present she is.”
The singer also talked about how much the Cyrus family loves socially distancing from each other and what Pharrell Williams taught her about how to get someone to really listen to your music properly.
Watch Cyrus on “The Morning Mash-Up” below.