Miley Cyrus celebrated her 18th birthday with a bang — or should we say bong? In 2010, TMZ released a video of the singer involved in yet another controversy when she was recorded taking hits from a bong. A source told the outlet that the “Miss You So Much” artist was smoking salvia, a herb that is legal in California and possesses psychedelic qualities.
In the video, Cyrus is heard saying “I’m having a little bit of a bad trip,” before she jokes about her then-boyfriend Liam Hemsworth: “Oh my God, is that a f***ing Liam look-alike, or what the hell is that?” she asks laughingly. The teenager continued to laugh hysterically while her friend (or foe) recorded her and asked her questions. “I want more of that sh*t,” she says at the end of the clip, with her friend responding, “Yeah, you need to do more, you’re not as f**ked up as you should be.”
Cyrus remained silent about the incriminating video until 2011 in an interview with Marie Claire. “I’m not perfect,” she said, adding, “I made a mistake … I’m disappointed in myself for disappointing my fans.” The journalist responded by asking, “But do you really think it was a mistake? Obviously college kids your age all over America are smoking … ” To that, Cyrus said: “But they’re not Miley Cyrus.” She continued, “They’re not role models. So for me it was a bad decision, because of my fans and because of what I stand for.”