Noah Cyrus Talks Anxiety, Depression

By David Konow 08/29/18

On her new EP, Miley Cyrus's younger sister opens up about depression and "how it’s okay to feel those feelings.”

Noah Cyrus

Noah Cyrus is the other famous daughter of country star Billy Ray Cyrus. She made her acting debut on the show Doc at the age of three, and sang the theme song for the animated movie Ponyo at the age of eight.

Now Cyrus is one of a number of young pop stars who is getting candid about her depression and anxiety struggles.

Cyrus says that her experiences with anxiety and depression shaped her upcoming EP. She told L’Officiel that her latest release is “mostly just about how my emotions have been, and about my anxiety, and how I’ve been struggling with depression, and how it’s okay to feel those feelings.”

Cyrus has dealt with the struggle of becoming a celebrity in the age of social media, adding, “A lot of people like to judge you, and make fun of you on the internet, and people make you feel crazy whenever you’re in a depression or having anxiety or having a panic attack.”

Cyrus's new music also deals with “being sad and having your emotions and not being able to ignore the feelings you’re having.”

Her new music has been an outlet for her emotions, and with her latest single, "Make Me (Cry)," a duet with Labrinth, she’s showing the world more of her self-proclaimed “emo side.”

Cyrus says that releasing a single where she’s more in touch with her feelings may have been influenced by her brother, Trace Cyrus, the lead singer of Metro Station. “I think [it] probably stems from growing up with Trace in my house because he was the king of emo.”

In addition to being more in touch with her mental health in her music, Cyrus has also been dating rapper Lil Xan, who has been outspoken against drug abuse in the hip-hop community. They’ve already recorded a song together, "Live or Die," and Cyrus told People, “He’s a little teddy bear.”

In the past, Cyrus's sister Miley has also been open about her own struggles with anxiety, depression and substance abuse. She announced to the world that she quit marijuana last year, and she told ABC in 2014, “I went through a time where I was really depressed. I locked myself in my room and my dad had to break my door down. It was a lot to do with, like, I had really bad skin, and I felt really bullied because of that.”

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In addition to contributing for The Fix, David Konow has also written for Esquire, Deadline, LA Weekly, Village Voice, The Wrap, and many other publications and websites. He is also the author of the three decade history of heavy metal, Bang Your Head (Three Rivers Press), and the horror film history Reel Terror (St Martins Press). Find David on LinkedIn and Facebook.