The “Slide Away” singer, who released her seventh studio album, Plastic Hearts, on November 27, poses topless on the cover of the magazine’s January 2021 issue where she candidly discusses some of the challenging times she’s faced in her life in recent years.
In August 2019, Cyrus stunned fans when she and her ex-husband Liam Hemsworth had called it quits and filed for divorce, and while the Disney Channel alum has remained tight-lipped on what had led to the couple’s split, she makes it known that her relationship with the Aussie actor was far from a fairytale.
Cyrus admits to having experimented with drugs earlier in her career before noting that her decision to marry Hemsworth was “one last attempt” to save herself, having at one point feared she’d die before the age of 27.
“A couple of years ago, it looked like I was living some fairy tale. It really wasn’t. At that time, my experimentation with drugs and booze and the circle of people around me was not fulfilling or sustainable or ever going to get me to my fullest potential and purpose,” she revealed.
The Tennessee native further explained how the media’s negative outlook on her public persona certainly added to the unhappy times she faced between 2017 and 2018, which somewhat made her feel she couldn’t express herself without being scrutinized at times.
“They would say her, 'Hair’s long and blond, she’s sane right now. She cannot be f**ked up on drugs. It’s when her hair is painted or she’s growing out her armpit hair that she’s on drugs," she said.
“I guess I’m just in love with the fact that for once it feels like it’s really focused on the music, and I think I felt that I almost took some blame for the distraction sometimes.”
In the same interview, Cyrus goes on to mention how she and Hemsworth were “playing house,” something that “felt really good at the time.”
While fans viewed the Hollywood pair as the perfect couple, the “Wrecking Ball” star stresses things weren’t going too well behind closed doors, and that she was slowly but surely beginning to spiral out of control.
She recalls people describing her as “pure” during the time she was married to Hemsworth, not aware that Cyrus was the unhappiest she had been in years.
In the end, the pair, who had shared a ten-year on-again, off-again relationship decided to call it quits, and while the former Hannah Montana star admits to sharing some wonderful times with her ex, she knew that there was nothing that could fix their marriage.
It consequently had her feeling as if she needed to self-medicate to get away from the problems that were arising between her and Hemsworth.
"I learned a lot about what I can and cannot be for someone else and what I can and cannot accept for myself," she continued.
"One of the reasons I got sober was I had just turned 26, and I said, 'I got to pull my shit together before I’m 27, because 27 is the time you cross over that threshold into living or dying a legend.' I didn’t want to not make it through being 27. I didn’t want to join that club.”