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Miley Cyrus Speaks Out About Her Deep Voice

The two wasted no time delving into the depths of some of the most controversial topics that surround the superstar: Drug use, childhood fame, paparazzi, and a high-profile divorce from actor Liam Hemsworth.
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Updated October 17, 2021

In a recent interview with Lars Ulrich, drummer for Metallica, Miley Cyrus speaks on the criticism she’s faced over her changing voice.

Despite undergoing vocal cord surgery last year after a health diagnosis, people have been less than sympathetic to her changed voice.

“My whole life, whether in vocal training or just continuing to hone my craft, it’s always been about, ‘Why do you sound like a man?”

Miley Cyrus

The singer went on to say that she is happy with what her voice has become and that she’s taking care of herself now. After years of abusing her vocal cords, Cyrus has fully embraced the change in her voice. It lets her show her true self, even if she can no longer hit all the high notes.

Originally written September 8, 2020

Miley Cyrus was a recent guest on “The Joe Rogan Experience,” and the two wasted no time delving into the depths of some of the most controversial topics that surround the superstar: Drug use, childhood fame, paparazzi, and a high-profile divorce from actor Liam Hemsworth.

But before getting into “the dirt,” which is how Miley refers to the juicy details of her life she knows everyone is waiting for early on in the episode, the new friends discuss the result of all the experiences she eventually comes to share: Her unique voice.

I encourage fans of either star to listen to Episode #1531, but here’s a little taste of what I considered one of the most interesting facts I learned from the former “Hannah Montana” star during the conversation: Why her voice has dropped so dramatically over the years.

There’s a reason Miley’s voice is so ‘heavy’ now

Right at the top of the podcast, theme song barely fading away, Rogan comments on his guest’s “fantastic” speaking voice. Indeed, at least to me, Miley’s voice sounded almost jarringly deep through my speakers.

Although she has long been known for having a fairly low voice, Rogan notes that she sounds noticeably more coarse in regular conversation than one might expect.

“It’s a heavy voice,” Rogan said.

“My kids love ‘Hannah Montana,’ so I would watch. And your voice is different.”

Joe Rogan

Cyrus replied that she had surgery on her voice in November after being diagnosed with “Reinke’s edema,” a condition that typically develops in patients 40-60 years old. According to The Voice Foundation, “newly diagnosed patients have actually been experiencing the build-up of gelatinous fluid within their vocal folds for many years.”

The ever-gregarious Cyrus and Rogan joked about how her doctor told her no one shy ever has this condition. The “Midnight Sky” singer just loves to talk!

RELATED: Miley Cyrus Interview with Howard Stern

‘The voice can be like a face’

Cyrus also discusses how the surgery helped teach her how one’s lived experiences contribute to their voice’s sound and character.

The singer explains how she began doing countless ‘Hannah Montana’ tours at age twelve or thirteen, starting a years-long pattern of unhealthy voice abuse.

“The adrenaline you have after a show – it’s not really the singing that affects your voice as much. It’s afterwards; you’re totally on. And then it’s really hard to get that sleep. You stay up talking all night, then later the talking all night turned into smoking all night, and now, this is kind of where we’re at.”

The two new friends laugh, but Miley’s understanding of her voice is very telling of the more mature place she’s at in her life.

“The voice can be like a face,” she says. “It collects wrinkles, and it tells a story. If you look at yourself…your voice does the same thing. It collects dirt.”

“There’s something very distinctive about a voice that you earned,” Rogan says.

Cyrus agrees. “Over the last year, I noticed a really big change in my voice – kind of a heaviness to it. And I experienced some heavy things. So I feel like it is a reflection, and kind of a scar in a sense.”

I won’t spill all the details about the scars Miley’s endured through her career, as hearing her talk about them with honesty, wisdom, and eloquence is necessary for any fan of the singer.