A big congratulations to Eminem, who celebrated 10 years of sobriety on Friday (April 20).
“Celebrated my 10 years yesterday,” the 45-year-old rap star tweeted Saturday (April 21). The message included a photo of Eminem proudly showing off a sobriety coin marking the decade-long stint.
Celebrated my 10 years yesterday. pic.twitter.com/Xmm9MOIEam
— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) April 22, 2018
Eminem’s fellow Bad Meets Evil MC Royce Da 5’9″ was quick to congratulate his friend on the major milestone. “Happy sobriety birthday to my mentor @Eminem,” Royce wrote. “Keep fighting the good fight homie … I love you for life.”
Eminem ended years of addiction to prescription pills Vicodin, Valium and Ambien on April 20, 2008. In 2009, after five-year hiatus at the height of his career, a period that included a 2007 methadone overdose, the rapper released the album Relapse, his first attempt at recording after getting clean. The release was unrelenting in its exorcism of Eminem’s most ghoulish demons.
In 2010, Eminem took another first step toward the light with the companion album Recovery. Part return to form, part new chapter, the album featured him fashioning hits out of inspirational anthems including “Won’t Back Down” (featuring P!nk) and “Not Afraid,” which gave him his fourth career No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
On album cut “Talking to Myself,” Eminem attempted to make amends, like any good 12-stepper, for being less than himself in years prior.
Since his return with 2009’s Relapse and 2010’s Recovery, Eminem has largely chosen to avoid the spotlight. His latest album, Revival, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in December 2017.
Happy sobriety birthday to my mentor @Eminem … Keep fighting the good fight homie … I love you for life —-
— ROYCE (@Royceda59) April 21, 2018