Miley Cyrus is back on the music scene, and in a really big way. While she hasn’t released a studio album since 2013’s Bangerz, her new record is set to “transform one of the most inimitable, unpredictable careers in recent pop history” — at least that’s what journalist John Norris said in his new profile of Miley in Billboard.
Miley, who’s already one of the most candid celebs out there, revealed even more about her life, love — including why she and Liam Hemsworth broke up, and how they got back together — and inspiration in the interview. Here are the juiciest bits.
1. Her new song is about Liam. Miley’s forthcoming single, “Malibu,” is described in the article as a “breezy love song about Hemsworth.” Miley’s reasoning for writing it: “They’re going to talk about me if I come out of a restaurant with Liam. So why not put the power back in my relationship and say, ‘This is how I feel’?” She also wrote this song in an Uber.
2. Why she and Liam broke up, and how they got back together: In the time that Miley and Liam were originally together, “I needed to change so much,” she said. “And changing with someone else not changing like that is too hard. Suddenly you’re like, ‘I don’t recognise you anymore.’ We had to refall for each other.”
3. Liam doesn’t really think about his gender. Miley has said before that she identifies as pansexual, which she re-affirmed in this interview. “I’m a little bit boyish. But I can also be super femme and dress as a bunny rabbit,” she said. She added that “straight men can be my worst nightmares. And I’m with a straight dude. But he’s always like, ‘Well, don’t call me that!’ I ask him sometimes, ‘Do you like being a boy?’ And he’s like, ‘I don’t really think about it.’”
4. Her new album is coming out SOON. “Malibu” will be released on May 11 as the first track off an as-yet-untitled album due out later this year.
5. She’s not an Ed Sheeran fan. When her album is described as “pretty singer-songwriter-y,” Miley responds, “Yeah. But not granola. I don’t listen to Ed Sheeran and Joohn Mayer and stuff.”
6. She’s stopped smoking weed (for now). Well, by the time the interview took place, Miley said she hadn’t smoked weed for three weeks. “I haven’t smoked weed in three weeks, which is the longest I’ve ever [gone without it]. I’m not doing drugs, I’m not drinking, I’m completely clean right now! That was just something that I wanted to do.” It doesn’t mean she’s done for good, though, as she has only quit “for a second.”
7. She wants to be taken seriously as a country music artist. One of Miley’s reasons for getting involved with The Voice U.S. as a coach was because Blake Shelton is one of the other coaches. “I actually want to take advantage of the fact that he’s there, [because] his fans don’t really take me seriously as a country artist,” she explained. “One, I haven’t given them that music. But I’ve got a tattoo of Johnny Cash’s autograph that he gave me when I was a little girl that says, “I’m in your corner.” Dolly Parton is my fucking godmother. The fact that country music fans are scared of me, that hurts me.”
8. Her new direction is less controversial, more political. As one of Hollywood’s more outspoken celebrities, it’s no secret how Miley feels about U.S. President Donald Trump. But she also wants to understand and reach out to people who don’t share the same political views as her. “I like talking to people that don’t agree with me, but I don’t think I can do that in an aggressive way,” she said. “I don’t think those people are going to listen to me when I’m sitting there in nipple pasties, you know?” She launched her non-profit Happy Hippie because, “I have to ask myself, ‘How am I going to create real change?’ And not just fucking preach to the choir anymore.” For her new album she wrote a song for Hillary Clinton, and one for women in the workplace.
9. And she still doesn’t get why people made such a big deal about the Robin Thicke thing. “I was shocked that people gave a fuck about the [MTV Video Music Awards in 2013, when she performed with Robin Thicke] — the twerking, the teddy bear. It’s a totally different time, and I don’t think that would freak people out anymore.”