Noah Cyrus is getting real about her past addiction.
The 22-year-old “July” singer opened up in a new interview with Rolling Stone about how she got addicted to Xanax, which is a type of benzodiazepines used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. She revealed when she first tried to pill and what got her addicted:
“My boyfriend at the time, when I was 18, was the first person that gave me a Xanax, and it became a way for us to bond. I think I wanted to fit in with him. I wanted to be what he wanted and what he thought was cool and what I thought everybody was doing.
Once I felt that it was possible to silence things out for a second to numb your pain, it was over.”
Xanax is only available by prescription, but Noah said it was not a problem to get them:
“I was surrounded by people who were easily able to get it by buying it from people.”
Noah shared that she would spend all day asleep, wake up at 8pm, and it started to affect her memory. She hit her worst in 2020, and recalled one of her lowest moments, when she was promoting The End Of Everything and was passing out during an interview:
“I was completely nodding off and falling asleep, and unable to keep my head up or keep my eyes open, because I was so far gone.”
Another very low point for her was when her grandmother Loretta passed away in August of 2020:
“I felt so guilty for not being there when my grandma died. I was there physically, but emotionally, I was not there. I couldn’t be.
That was my big eye-opener: I was sitting alone, and I was scared, and I realized that all the people that I love and all the people that I need, I was the one pushing them away.”
While she did not elaborate on her recovery, Noah did say this:
“I was being helped by everybody that I needed help from, and it took some time to get on my own two feet.”