Noah Cyrus has recently opened up about her past addiction to Xanax, for which she has been in recovery since late 2020. In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Noah revealed that she shared the ups and downs of her personal struggles for her upcoming debut LP, The Hardest Part.
The singer told the outlet that “It gave me so much structure in the time that I really needed structure because I didn’t want to just be sitting around and stirring in my brain. It gave me hope.” Noah Cyrus has grown up in a celebrity family as her older sister Miley Cyrus is a well-known singer and actress. Moreover, Noah Cyrus’ father, Billy Ray Cyrus is also a famous singer and actor. And in the interview, Noah explained, growing up, she felt the pressures of being part of a public family and said she ‘struggled a bit with that.’
She said she had battles with body dysmorphia and depression over the years, recalling that she tried downers when she was 18 years old. “My boyfriend at the time was the first person that gave me a Xanax, and it became a way for us to bond,” she said. “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.”
Noah then further explained, “Once I felt that it was possible to silence things out for a second and numb your pain, it was over.” The singer recalled having easy access to the medication, which is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders, during that time. “I was surrounded by people who were easily able to get it by buying it from people,” she said, adding that a few of her friends “kind of cosigned” her drug abuse.
Noah, who said she would sleep all day and wake up sometimes as late as 8 p.m., said, “It just kind of becomes this dark pit, bottomless pit.” Noah’s substance abuse, as she recalled, reached an alarming moment during the height of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020. During an international television interview (that did not air), the “July” singer said she began passing out mid-conversation.