Miley Cyrus has come a long way since her Hannah Montana days, and every one of her transformations has astounded both fans and critics alike. This time, Miley is back with a new sound and a softer image. In her Billboard cover story, the star talked about politics, her relationship and, of course, her upcoming album. According to Cosmopolitan, the first single, “Malibu,” is set to drop May 11.
The widely anticipated track will be Miley’s latest work since Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz in 2015. Although we shouldn’t expect an Ed Sheeran-esque swooner, the released lyrics do reveal a changed Miley—and Billboard describes the track as a "breezy love song."
In her cover story, she points to her rekindled relationship with Hunger Games heartthrob Liam Hemsworth as the source of inspiration for her new song. “This record is a reflection of the fact that yes, I don’t give a fuck, but right now is not the 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 said.
The “we” refers to not only her audience, but also to her and Liam. After the pair announced their re-engagement in late 2016, Miley has lived with him and a whole bunch of animals at a compound in Malibu. She’s been living a simpler, cleaner internal life, free of alcohol and weed (at least for the past few 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,” the “Wrecking Ball” singer added.
If “Malibu” is where you want to be, Miley, we support you fully.