It is exactly 11 days until the release of Relapse, Eminem’s first album since he took a musical hiatus in 2004. Since that time, a lot has happened in Em’s life – as we all would have expected, I suppose, he has been known to get into some pretty bad situations. But the past few years have been particularly hard on him and it’s so sad that it seems just like when he was coming out of his own crap-pile and becoming a huge star, things turned bad again. His time off definitely wasn’t the happy time spent with his kid that it was meant to be. Out of all the bad though, comes some shocking news – Eminem actually feels compassion for his mother as he can now relate to her as a drug addict. Wow. For anyone who’s listened to his lyrics for half a second, that’s big. Really big. From People,
“In a candid new interview, rap superstar Eminem reveals he suffered from a devastating drug addiction that led to him downing as many as 20 Vicodin, Ambien and Valium in a day. “The numbers got so high, I don’t even know what I was taking,” Eminem tells VIBE magazine in its second annual Real Rap Issue for June/July.
Following his first stint in rehab in 2005, the rapper, 36, tells VIBE he nearly overdosed after an acquaintance gave him unidentified blue pills, which a doctor later told him were actually methadone. “My doctor told me the amount of methadone I’d taken was equivalent to shooting up four bags of heroin,” Eminem says, noting that had he known, “I probably wouldn’t have taken it. But as bad as I was back then, I can’t even say 100 percent for sure.”
Shortly after detoxing, he suffered a knee injury that required surgery, but because of his drug abuse, he was not prescribed pain killers. “I started looking around my house to see if I had a stash box of Vicodin … I’m ransacking my house, finally find something in the basement, in a little napkin, seven and a half Vicodin – the big extra strength ones – and a few Valium.” With his pill addiction spiraling out of control again, Eminem suffered his second relapse before accepting he suffered from drug addiction.
“It never once hit me that drug addiction runs in my family. Now that I understand that I’m an addict, I definitely have compassion for my mother. I get it,” he says.”
I think that’s so huge and really does show that Eminem may not have nearly the anger inside of him that he once did. This is a man that has repeatedly killed his mother through his lyrics, and that’s not the worst of it. I think even if you understand the addiction, it’s still hard to accept that it was more important to your mom than you were, no matter if you suffer from the same addiction or not. But I am so happy for him that he has managed to find some sort of peace with something at least in his life.
Contact Music also reported that Debbie Mathers, Eminem’s mom, is dying after coming out of heart surgery and that someone from the family has begged Em to get in touch. I guess that means that even though he might ‘get it’, the two still aren’t exactly close. Can’t wait for that album, Em and I always wish I could just give you a big hug!!