Eminem addresses 2007 overdose: It kind of ‘sucked’
Eminem thought he had “a good thing going” before overdosing on drugs in 2007.
The rapper, who was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Saturday night, asked daughter Hailie Jade Mathers to block her ears while talking about his addiction struggles.
“I realize what an honor it is right now to be here up here tonight, and what a privilege it is to do the music that I love,” the “Lose Yourself” rapper began his acceptance speech.
The “8 Mile” star, 50, born Marshall Mathers, was inducted by his longtime collaborator, Dr. Dre, at the 2022 ceremony held in Los Angeles.
“I almost died from an overdose in 2007, which kind of sucked,” he continued, before addressing his 26-year-old daughter, whom he shares with ex Kim Scott.
“Hailie, plug your ears. Because drugs were f–king delicious. I thought we had a good thing going on, but I had to go and f–k it all up. Goddamn.”
The camera then panned to his daughter, who pursed her lips and shook her head.
“Hold on, I lost my motherf—ing spot. Paul, did I say, I said drugs were delicious, right? And finally, I had to really fight my way through man to try and break through in this music, and I’m so honored and I’m so grateful that I’m even able to be up here doing hip-hip music, man, because I love it so much.” he added.
Eminem hasn’t been shy about his addiction to Vicodin, Valium, Ambien and methadone, which began while filming the semi-autobiographical 2002 flick “8 Mile”
“We were doing 16 hours on the set and you had a certain window where you had to sleep. One day somebody gave me an Ambien, and it knocked me the f–k out. I was like, ‘I need this all the time,’” he recalled to Rolling Stone in 2011.
By 2005, he was “f–ked up every night” on tour.
He later told the New York Times, “I used to get pills wherever I could. I was just taking anything that anybody was giving me.”
At the time of his 2007 overdose, he was 230 pounds.
“When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober,” he told Men’s Journal.
“Unless I was blitzed out of my mind, I had trouble sleeping. So I started running. It gave me a natural endorphin high, but it also helped me sleep, so it was perfect. It’s easy to understand how people replace addiction with exercise.”
He celebrated 10 years of sobriety in 2018.