In 2007 the 'King of Hip Hop', a.k.a. Marshall Bruce Mathers III, a.k.a. Eminem, weighed almost 230 pounds, overdosed on pills and was rushed to hospital.
It's no secret that Slim Shady hasn't had the easiest life. Launching from turbulent relationships with his mother, Debbie, and twice-divorced ex-wife, Kim, to becoming a father to his three daughters, Hailie, Alaina, and Whitney and the best selling artist of the 2000s in the United States, over the years the 8 Mile star has certainly had his fair share of responsibility to shoulder.
In a recent interview with Men's Health, Slim opened up about his battle with drugs and his weight, claiming that he hadn't realized he had an issue until overhearing a group of kids claiming he was too fat to be the real Eminem.
"I was close to 230 pounds [104kg]. I’m not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas. The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I’d been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating — and eating badly.
I was going to McDonald’s and Taco Bell every day. The kids behind the counter knew me – it wouldn’t even faze them.
Or I’d sit up at Denny’s or Big Boy [hamburger fast food restaurants] and just eat by myself. It was sad. I got so heavy that people started to not recognize me.
I remember being somewhere and overhearing these kids talking. One of them said, ‘That’s Eminem,’ and the other said, ‘No it’s not, man – Eminem ain’t fat.’ I was like, ‘Mother…….’ That’s when I knew I was getting heavy."
On leaving rehab, the Detroit native knew he had to get his head together and figure out how to lose weight and function sober...
"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.
One addiction for another but one that’s good for them. I got an addict’s brain, and when it came to running, I think I got a little carried away.
I became a fucking hamster. Seventeen miles a day on a treadmill."
"A fucking hamster," or as Kim Basinger lovingly coined in 8 Mile, a little 'Rabbit,' which ever furry creature you prefer, we're super glad he worked it out and is now addicted to a far healthier lifestyle.
On June 24th, Zane Lowe sent out the below tweet, including an image of a far healthier looking Eminem. Hopefully we'll be seeing a lot more of Mr. Mathers in the near future!
(Source: Men's Journal)