Rapper Eminem Sober with Help from Elton John
Talk about an unlikely pair, pop rocker and openly gay Elton John is helping bad boy rapper Eminem kick a drug habit. John told the BBC Saturday that he's helped Eminem out for the past 18 months as the well known rapper tries to cope with his issues with drugs, a battle John said Eminem is winning. "I've been helping Eminem over the last 18 months and he's doing brilliantly," John states.
The two appear to have become unlikely friends since they performed together at the 2001 MTV awards. It is said their friendship is a firm one and has a lot of respect given on each end. Emenem stated, "Me and him have had similar lives and stuff. So I reached out to him and told him, Look, I'm going through a problem and I need your advice.”
Following his first stint in rehab in 2005, the rapper, 37, said he nearly overdosed after an acquaintance gave him unidentified blue pills, which a doctor later told him were actually methadone.
Eminem also known as Marshall Mathers has sold over 30 million albums and won an Oscar and numerous Grammys. The stress of travelling and performing as well as celebrity night life led him to drugs. It appears that painkillers were Eminem’s drug of choice. He entered into rehab, relapsed on methadone pills, and nearly killed himself.
Enter Elton John, a former cocaine addict stated he was more than willing to give his advice and support to the rapper, and Eminem credits Elton John as being a good friend and helping him stay sober. “I talk to Elton a lot,” said Eminem. “We became friends and I talk to him about things, career wise." Eminem further confides, “He had a substance abuse problem in the past. So when I first wanted to get sober, I called him and spoke to him about it because, he's somebody who's in the business and can identify and relate to the lifestyle.”
Since the mid '70s, Sir Elton John had been addicted to cocaine and alcohol, and the situation only worsened during the '80s. John has been sober for 16 years and states "If people ask for help you tell them where to go but there's no point advising people if they don't want to do it."
John, who will not talk about details, knows about Eminem’s addiction history. In 2005 Eminem entered rehab for addiction to sleeping pills and then took a three-year hiatus."It's no secret I had a drug problem," Eminem stated. "If I was to give you a number of Vicodin I would actually take in a day? Anywhere between 10 to 20. Valium, Ambien, the numbers got so high I don't even know what I was taking."
Eminem states he has been sober for a year now and recently completed his sixth studio album called “Relapse”, which focuses on many of the issues he dealt with while fighting his drug addiction.