ByVaria Fedko-Blake, writer at Creators.co
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Varia Fedko-Blake

Whereas Miley Cyrus's 2013 Bangerz album came hand in hand with furious twerking, rotating nipple tassels and billowing clouds of marijuana smoke, it appears that the ex-Disney sweetheart has somewhat changed her tune for her latest contribution to the music industry.

In a recent interview with Billboard ahead of her new album release, has revealed that she's undergone a drastic image overhaul and her new sound is inspired by things far closer to her heart in 2017 — like her fiancé, the general sorry state of US politics, and a positively sober outlook on life, for example.

'I'm Completely Clean Right Now'

Despite the fact that Miley's been a very outspoken advocate for weed over the past few years, it seems that she's turned over a new leaf on the matter. Speaking about ditching the habit, she revealed what it was that encouraged her to part with the pot-smoking provocateur image, saying:

"This is crazy, but I haven’t smoked weed in three weeks! I like to surround myself with people that make me want to get better, more evolved, open. 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 want to be.

"I’m not doing drugs, I’m not drinking, I’m completely clean right now! That was just something that I wanted to do."

Similarly, she admitted that her husband-to-be Liam Hemsworth — who she met on the set of 2010 movie The Last Song — has increasingly become a positive influence on her and her as-yet untitled new album following their romantic reunion. In fact, he's such a presence that her breezy love song "Malibu" is directly about him. Chatting about the actor and how they "had to refall for each other," she said:

"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?' [...] I never would’ve believed you if three years ago you told me I’d be here writing this song."

'It's A Totally Different Time'

All in all, it certainly seems like Miley's wild-child days are behind her. And looking back to her attention-grabbing headlines from a few years ago, the "Wrecking Ball" star can hardly believe how much she's changed. Addressing that provocative performance with Robin Thicke at the 2013 MTV Music Awards, she said:

"I was shocked that people gave a f--k about the [MTV Video Music Awards] —the twerking, the teddy bear. It's a totally different time, and I don't think that would freak people out anymore.

"I know exactly where I am right now. I know what I want this record to be. And not in the sense of manipulation — wanting something from my fans or the audience, like some slimy thing — 'How do I get attention?' I never thought about that."

'I'm Giving The World A Hug'

As for the message the songstress now wants to put out to the world, Miley is determined to push for real change, refusing to "preach to the choir" of modern-day politics:

"This record is a reflection of the fact that yes, I don’t give a fuck, but right now is not a time to not give a fuck about people. I’m ­giving the world a hug and saying, ‘Hey, look. We’re good — I love you.’ And I hope you can say you love me back."

Miley's track "Malibu" is released on May 11, almost two years after her 2015 free album Dead Petz.

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(Source: Billboard)

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