Demi Lovato ‘Really Proud’ of Miley Cyrus For Sobering Up

By Victoria Kim 05/19/17

“I wouldn’t be alive without my sobriety, and the people that are sober today in this industry, I commend them a lot.”

Demi Lovato and Miley Cyrus

Despite growing apart from their Disney Channel days, pop star Demi Lovato says she’s proud of Miley Cyrus for sobering up.

“I’m really proud of Miley,” the “Confident” singer told The Hollywood Reporter. “I think that it helps people to know that there are people in the spotlight that have challenges, that are faced with very stressful lives. I think it helps to know that recovery is possible and it’s something that is so important to certain people like myself.”

Cyrus, whose godmother is country legend Dolly Parton, told Billboard this month that she made a conscious decision to change her lifestyle, which involved giving up her colorful hard-partying persona. “I used to [resist changing]. But I haven’t smoked weed in three weeks, which is the longest I’ve ever [gone without it],” she 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.”

Lovato, who celebrated five years sober in March, has become a prominent voice when it comes to mental health and substance use disorder awareness. She says it’s encouraging to see people like Miley and Brad Pitt—who said he quit drinking after his recent divorce—come out as people in recovery. 

“I wouldn’t be alive without my sobriety, and the people that are sober today in this industry, I commend them a lot,” Lovato said. “But even in day-to-day life, no matter whether you are from the middle of nowhere or you live in a big city, addiction doesn’t discriminate, so whenever you are able to take control back, it’s really admirable.”

Miley seems to be taking things step by step. She’s clearly in a different place from her “Wrecking Ball” phase (some of us are still trying to forget her awkwardly risqué performance with Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards).

“I like to surround myself with people that make me want to get better, more evolved, open,” Miley told Billboard. “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 went to be.”

It’s nice that Demi is showing love to Miley because the two former best friends apparently had developed a tense “frenemies” relationship from growing apart as they got older—or at least that’s what the tabloids say. Recovery really does bring people together.

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