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Miley Cyrus Says She Gave Up Weed to Record New Album

The singer says she hasn’t smoked, done drugs, or drank alcohol in weeks in preparation for her comeback

Miley Cyrus is going back to basics with her new album, which includes no strap-ons, no giant teddy bears and, for now, no more weed.

“This is crazy,” she told Billboard, “but I haven’t smoked weed in three weeks!”

This is, of course, told to the reporter before a wall plaque in her home that reads “It’s 4:20 Somewhere.”

In an interview with the publication, which was published Wednesday night, Cyrus broke her relative media silence as of late to talk about her new album. It’s untitled so far, but the first single, “Malibu,” will be released on May 11.

Cyrus is going back to her roots with this new album, which is full of more country-inspired music than some of her previous outings. “Malibu” is a love song about her fiance Liam Hemsworth that interviewer John Norris describes as “gimmick-free pop-rock unlike anything she has recorded before.”

The singer said she’s gone straight (for now) because it was something she wanted to do, as a way to change herself.

“I haven’t smoked weed in three weeks, which is the longest I’ve ever [gone without it],” Cyrus said. “I’m not doing drugs, I’m not drinking, I’m completely clean right now! That was just something that I wanted to do.”

Thanks to her status, Cyrus says that her album is in a unique place. She says she knew exactly what the record wanted to be, and it’s less about playing into the shocking image she’s cultivated since 2013. She’s a country singer. She was raised in that culture, so she wants to get back to it.

“The fact that ­country music fans are scared of me, that hurts me. All the ­nipple pastie shit, 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.”

The interview goes a lot into Cyrus’ view of her fluid sexuality, what she likes about being on “The Voice,” and President Trump. You can read the rest of the interview here.

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