In 2007 he almost died from an overdose of the opioid methadone, a year later Eminem (47, “Stan”) decided to give up the drug once and for all. On Monday, the rap superstar celebrated with his fans the fact that he has been clean for twelve years.

In addition to a photo of a commemorative plaque that he received on the occasion of his personal anniversary, Eminem quoted a line from one of his greatest hits from 2010: “I’m not afraid”. The musician, whose real name is Marshall Mathers III. means: “Clean dozen, booked.” The sticker says “one day after the other”. The fans were happy with their idol, a user described the rapper on Twitter as “inspiration” and wrote: “You are the proof that everything is possible if you work towards it.”

Eminem, who at times misused several narcotics, spoke to his magazine “Vibe” in 2010 about his addiction. In it, he suspected that he had taken “10 to 20” tablets a day at his worst times, in addition to other substances. “I don’t even know what I took,” said the 47-year-old at the time. But no trace of insight. “Even when they told me I almost died, it didn’t click,” he continued.

At the time, his addiction also influenced the productivity of the artist, who only released music sporadically between 2005 and 2009. With the decision to give up drugs, however, his creativity – and success – returned. The following year, Eminem received the Grammy for the “Recovery” album in the “Best Rap Album” category. Most recently he surprised in January with the release of his current longplayer “Music To Be Murdered By” – for which he used horror legend Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980).

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