Saturday, June 19

Eminem Says He Felt Like 'Bugs Bunny' In Rehab

Before Eminem even dropped Relapse last year, he announced plans release a follow-up called Relapse 2 — and then he totally changed his mind.

Instead, come June 21, fans will be able to pick up Em's new album Recovery (which was moved up a day after it leaked online). Eminem recently explained the meaning behind the album title in an interview withThe New York Times, revealing that it is a direct reference to managing his ongoing battle with prescription drugs.

"Vicodin, Valium and Ambien and, toward the end, which caused my overdose, methadone," Eminem told the Times when asked what he was recovering from. "I didn't know it was methadone. I used to get pills wherever I could. I was just taking anything that anybody was giving to me."

The hip-hop superstar also opened up about his stint in rehab. "The first time I went, it was in Brighton, Michigan," he said "The second time, I didn't go to rehab; I just went to a regular hospital. I detoxed in the hospital, and then I came home."

Coping with addiction is a demanding process, but due to his celebrity, Em had to deal with a unique set of challenges. The always candid MC said that he later chose to detox in a hospital because his outsize stardom affected the way his fellow addicts in rehab interacted with Em. "I couldn't go back to rehab. I felt like I was Bugs Bunny in rehab," Eminem said. "When Bugs Bunny walks into rehab, people are going to turn and look. People at rehab were stealing my hats and pens and notebooks and asking for autographs. I couldn't concentrate on my problem."

Did you prefer the Relapse 2 album title, or are you happy Em opted for Recovery instead? Let us know in the comments.


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