Miley Cyrus recently underwent throat surgery after a hospital visit for tonsillitis revealed damage to her vocal cords. While the singer’s procedure was a success and she’s on the path to recovery, she’ll be unable to speak or sing for several weeks. This isn’t her first time making headlines involving her health, but often those stories are bogus. Cyrus’ openness about her life and her penchant for controversial behavior have inspired countless rumors about her health — both mental and physical. Here are just a few of those rumors that Gossip Cop has debunked.
In September, NW took aim with a phony story about Cyrus being on a “deadly divorce diet” following her split with Liam Hemsworth. The outlet claimed the singer had dropped to 88 pounds after a diet that mostly consisted of “the odd piece of fruit or a handful of nuts.” An anonymous source supposedly told the magazine that the singer had been “self-medicating” with drugs and alcohol as a way of coping with her divorce.
The outlet even included the classic before-and-after photos to prove its point, but conveniently left out the fact that its before photo was from 2011. Still, Gossip Cop asked our source in Cyrus’ camp about the claims, and we were told the story was absolutely false and that Cyrus was “doing great.”
A few weeks later, the National Enquirer tried a similar story that claimed Cyrus was “wasting away” after her post-Hemsworth relationship with Kaitlynn Carter ended. After referring to the singer as a “mixed-up wild child,” the tabloid incorrectly reported that Cyrus had dropped more than 20 pounds and was living on a “diet of dope and booze while barely eating.” The magazine’s source claimed the singer’s only calories came from “cocktails and coffee.”
The magazine cited its previous story about Cyrus having a child with Carter — a “report” that Gossip Cop thoroughly debunked after its original publishing — as reasoning for Cyrus’ alleged “downfall.” We checked with one of our trusted Cyrus sources, who told us the pop star had “never been healthier.” And, much like the Enquirer‘s article, the tabloid used a photo of Cyrus from 2016 as its “before” photo since any somewhat recent photos revealed a healthy appearance.
That same month, the Enquirer published another rumor about the singer’s health, this time arguing that Cyrus’ family thought she was possessed by the devil. The outlet claimed her summer of breakups and “raunchy” performances had her family worried about her state of mind. According to an unnamed source, the Cyrus clan thought that she was being “influenced by her fascination with witchcraft and devil worship” after her sudden split with Hemsworth and racy performance at the Glastonbury Festival in June.
The tabloid was bold enough to quote Billy Ray himself talking about how their faith had been shaken, but it left out the fact that his quote came from a 2011 interview with a separate outlet. As Gossip Cop pointed out at the time, Cyrus’ “raunchy stage antics” and racy social media posts have been going on for years. It made absolutely no sense to claim that her family was just now made aware of her behavior. Regardless, Cyrus’ spokesperson laughed off the story.
Last month, Heat alleged Cyrus’ friends were all urging her to seek help and check into rehab for social media addiction. The tabloid claimed the singer was “going off the rails” after she announced her divorce from Hemsworth. According to the magazine’s dubious sources, even Cyrus’ management wanted her to go to rehab before she did irreparable damage to her career. The piece then referenced a brief controversy that involved Cyrus misspeaking about the LGBTQ community, which blew over fairly quickly. This incident, if the tabloid is to be believed, is why Cyrus’ camp was pushing her to seek treatment.
Gossip Cop ran the ridiculous claim by our source close to Cyrus, who dismissed the notion entirely. Plus, it’s extremely unusual to enter into a treatment program solely for social media addiction. While some facilities offer it in broader programs, it’s not exactly something that gets treated by itself, and there aren’t any clinics that exclusively deal with it alone. This piece in particular revealed an ongoing theme present in all of these health rumors: an absolute lack of fact-checking or truth.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.