Presenter Eminem speaks onstage at the 24th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony at Public Hall on April 4, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)more pics »
With 50 Cent during a rare 2006 public appearance.
On Tuesday, Eminem releases his first album in five years, Relapse. Where has he been?
He canceled the European leg of the Anger Management Tour in 2005, citing exhaustion and an addiction to sleeping pills. What was meant to be a short break turned into a several-year reclusion. Eminem and his wife Kimberly Scott divorced only eleven weeks after they were remarried. A close friend, rapper DeShaun "Proof" Holton, was shot and killed outside a nightclub in Detroit. And Eminem became increasingly dependent on prescription drugs, at one point reportedly popping 20 painkillers a day.
Eminem, now clean a year and speaking publicly of his battle with addiction, told Detroit's Metro Times that singer Elton John helped him with his recovery. When asked if he looked to anyone for support and insight, Eminem said:
Um, well, Elton John. 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, you know.
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."
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