09/26/2013 AT 11:20 AM ET
That’s the day she wrote “Drive,” a breakup song that’s on her upcoming album Bangerz. The breakup wouldn’t happen for a few more months, but Cyrus, 20, knew it was coming.
“I wrote it while I was working on Valentine’s Day – emotionally it was such a hard time,” the pop star tells Fashion magazine’s November issue, on newsstands Oct. 7.
The song’s lyrics include the lines, “We can just drive away from my troubles/Drive far away where no one can find us.”
Cyrus explains: “It is about needing to leave someone but not really wanting to completely cut yourself off from the relationship. It’s a time when you want to leave but you can’t. It’s also about moving on.”
Cyrus is more upbeat elsewhere in the interview, in particular while reiterating how proud she is of her provocative performance at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards. “I was hoping some would think, ‘Miley may be out there shaking her ass and having fun but she’s got some intelligence,’ ” she says.