Eminem’s dramatic weight loss sparked huge concern after he appeared at a Wall Street Journal event looking gaunt and unwell. But his friends insist that his shocking weight loss is not from drug use or unhealthy behaviour. Quite the opposite.
“He jogs and eats well,” said the insider. “He’s healthy and happy.”
Eminem spoke about getting sober on his 2010 album Recovery, but also revealed his former drug use in greater detail in last year’s documentary, How to Make Money Selling Drugs.
“When I took my first Vicodin, it was like this feeling of ‘Ahh.’ Like everything was not only mellow, but [I] didn’t feel any pain,” he said. “I don’t know at what point exactly it started to be a problem. I just remember liking it more and more.”
Close friends tried to hold interventions, but he was unwilling to listen. “People tried to tell me that I had a problem. I would say ‘Get that f-cking person outta here. I can’t believe they said that s-it to me,” he recalled. “I’m not out there shooting heroin. I’m not putting coke up my nose. I’m not smoking crack,'”
Eminem was definitely abusing prescription medication. At the height of his addiction, he was taking up to 20 pills a day, including Xanax and Valium. Eventually, a nearly-fatal overdose landed Eminem in the ER. “Had I got to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died. My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything,” he said. “They didn’t think I was gonna make it. My bottom was gonna be death.”
Sobriety wasn’t an easy process for Eminem. He attended rehab twice and admitted to relapses, but has now been sober for five years.
“I had to regain motor skills, I had to regain talking skills. It’s been a learning process. I’m growing,” he said. “I couldn’t believe that anybody could be naturally happy without being on something. So I would say to anybody, ‘It does get better.’”