Miley Cyrus says she isn't drinking or doing drugs anymore

It's difficult to forget Miley Cyrus' Dead Petz era, which truthfully began with her tongue-wagging 2013 VMAs performance and reached critical mass with the release of her last psychedelic LP. It was a period characterized by exuberant Instagram posts, perplexing music videos, and—of course—lots and lots of weed. Cyrus and cannabis became practically synonymous with each other; as a result, mainstream media branded the pop singer as a "trainwreck" former Disney queen who was off the rails (Hollywood sexism at work, my friends). But this wasn't the case at all: Instead, Cyrus was creating a persona all about freeing inhibitions and being yourself. This, inadvertently, made her a queer icon and an advocate for the disenfranchised. (She launched the Happy Hippie Foundation, geared toward aiding homeless LGBTQ+ youth, during this time.)

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WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 07: *EXCLUSIVE ACCESS, PREMIUM RATES APPLY* Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus attend the 18th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Award Party at Pacific Design Center on March 7, 2010 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD - MARCH 25: Actress Miley Cyrus and actor Liam Hemsworth arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere 'The Last Song' at ArcLight Cinemas on March 25, 2010 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 15: Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth sighting on April 15, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gustavo Munoz/BuzzFoto/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 21: Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth arrive at LAX airport on June 21, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 20: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) American singer and actress, Miley Cyrus, with her Australian actor boyfriend Liam Hemsworth, shopping on Oxford Street, Paddington in Sydney, ahead of her Australian concert tour. (Photo by Justin Lloyd/Newspix/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 11: Actor Liam Hemsworth and actress/singer Miley Cyrus arrive at the 2011 CNN Heroes All-Star Tribute at The Shrine Auditorium on December 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/FilmMagic)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: Singer/actress Miley Cyrus and actor Liam Hemsworth arrive at the 2012 People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for PCA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: Actress Miley Cyrus (L) and Liam Hemsworth arrive at the 2012 People's Choice Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on January 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for PCA)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 11: Actor Liam Hemsworth and Actress Miley Cyrus attends People's Choice Awards 2012 at Nokia Theatre LA Live on January 11, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for PCA)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Singer Miley Cyrus (L) and actor Liam Hemsworth attend the 20th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Academy Awards Viewing Party at The City of West Hollywood Park on February 26, 2012 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/WireImage)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Liam Hemsworth and actress/singer Miley Cyrus attend the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/VF12/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Actor Liam Hemsworth and singer Miley Cyrus arrive at the 2012 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter at Sunset Tower on February 26, 2012 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Mark Sullivan/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 12: Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus attends 'The Hunger Games' Los Angeles Premiere on March 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, United States. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
PHOENIX, AZ - MARCH 24: Actress/singer Miley Cyrus (L) and actor Liam Hemsworth in the audience during Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XVIII held at JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on March 24, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for CFN)
Actor Liam Hemsworth kisses actress Miley Cyrus at their table at the Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XVIII on March 24, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. Fight Night supports the fight against Parkinson's disease and this year also celebrates Ali's 70th birthday. AFP PHOTO / Robyn BECK (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
CENTURY CITY, CA - JUNE 27: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS SPECIAL RATES APPLY) Actor Liam Hemsworth and singer Miley Cyrus pose during Australians In Film Awards & Benefit Dinner at InterContinental Hotel on June 27, 2012 in Century City, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for AIF)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16: Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth are seen on Melrose Blvd. on July 16, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 08: Actress Miley Cyrus and actor Liam Hemsworth attend the premiere of Relativity Media's 'Paranoia' at the DGA Theater on August 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
BYRON BAY, NSW - APRIL 29: Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus seen on April 29, 2016 in Byron Bay, Australia. (Photo by Matrix/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 15: Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth seen out in Manhattan on September 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 16: Liam Hemsworth and Miley Cyrus leave Catch on September 15, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by James Devaney/GC Images)
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And she still plans on staying true to herself—just without drinking or smoking (for now, at least). In a new interview with Billboard magazine, Cyrus reveals that she's currently quit all alcohol and, yes, marijuana.

"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."

Cyrus says making the change was "easy." "When I want something, it's f–king easy for me," she said. "But if anyone told me not to smoke, I would have not done it. It's because it was on my time. I know exactly where I am right now."

Though she made this decision to quit "for a second" for herself, she was motivated in part by the people around her. "I like to surround myself with people that make me want to get better, more evolved, open," she said. "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."

Where she wants to be, it turns out, is creating new music. Billboard reports that Cyrus will drop a new single, "Malibu" (about her boyfriend, Liam Hemsworth, whom Cyrus says she had to "refall" for), on May 11. An album (which Cyrus describes as "political") will follow shortly after. According to the magazine, "Malibu," a singer-songwriter-y, pop-rock ballad, is "unlike anything she has recorded before." She can't be tamed, people!

Cyrus abandoning drugs and alcohol doesn't mean she's abandoning the radical self-advocacy of her Dead Petz era. If anything, it confirms her DGAF attitude rages on. If Miley Cyrus taught us anything during those years, it's to live life, fully and unapologetically, on your own terms.

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