Elton John Admits to Helping Eminem Stay Drug Free
Since becoming drug free, Eminem has encountered a well-received return to music with a successful album and reunion with fans.
Another part of the rapper’s recovery was revealed Saturday (Jan. 2), courtesy of famed singer Sir Elton John.
Appearing on the BBC Radio’s The Danny Baker Show, the entertainer revealed his current efforts to help Eminem, who had a history of drug abuse. According to John, the Detroit lyricist is doing a great job of kicking his habit.
"I've been helping Eminem over the last 18 months and he's doing brilliantly," Elton John told Danny Baker. "I'm there if people want my help. If people ask for help you tell them where to go but there's no point advising people if they don't want to do it."
John’s relationship with Eminem goes back to the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards on February 21, 2001.
The pair united on stage for the first time to perform the Eminem’s hit “Stan” in a move to show the rapper/actor had no hate for the gay and lesbian community.
At the time, Eminem was criticized by the LGBT for what they deemed to be anti-gay and violent lyrics in songs from his Grammy Award winning sophomore album, The Marshall Mathers LP.
No stranger to his own struggle with substance abuse, John recounted how he turned down help from concerned friends. Before giving up his habit, the musician was embroiled in a constant struggle with alcohol and cocaine. In 1975, John suffered a drug overdose in Los Angeles.
The revelation of John’s helping of Eminem comes months after the rapper confessed to Vibe last year that he suffered from severe drug addiction.
According to Eminem, his problem led him to take as many as 20 Vicodin, Ambien and Valium in a day. Currently sober, Eminem is enjoying a wave of success from his latest album Relapse.
The 20-track release, the rapper’s first offering since 2004’s Encore, debuted at number one with more than 608,000 copies sold. Eminem’s forthcoming release, Relapse 2, is slated to hit stores this year.