In a recent interview with the Detroit Metro Times [click to read], Eminem revealed that Elton John assisted him in getting sober.
“I talk to Elton a lot. We became
friends and I talk to him about things, career wise. And 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, you know, he’s somebody
who’s in the business and can identify and relate to the lifestyle and how hectic things can be. He
understands like the pressure and any other reasons that you wanna come up with for doing drugs,
In 2001, the openly bisexual Elton John joined Eminem onstage for a historic performance of the rapper’s song “Stan” at the Grammy Awards. At the time, Eminem was embroiled in controversy surrounding his album, The Marshall Mathers LP, for which activists claimed he was a homophobe.
“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,'” said Shady. “I also talked to T.I. a lot and,
you know, we exchange advice,” he added.
Eminem also indicated during the interview that he was unsure whether he would tour for his latest album, Relapse, and that he has recently been listening to fellow Detroit artist Black Milk.