Macklemore has been open about his past struggles with addiction, and a revealing new interview with Complex shows just how complicated this issue can be. Macklemore told Complex that he relapsed in 2014, and that the stress associated with his newfound fame was part of the reason why.
Here's what Macklemore told the magazine of his recent relapse:
Macklemore has struggled with addiction long before he became a popular figure in the music industry, and even stated that his problematic drinking began as early as age 13. While Macklemore's career certainly hasn't caused his addiction, it's easy to see why Macklemore and so many people in the entertainment industry fall back into bad patterns. The pressure of living up to expectations coupled with physical stress from doing press and performing can be a lot on any person, and it can be particularly difficult for someone who already has a history with drug or alcohol abuse.
"I held it together for a while. But, eventually, I stopped going to my 12-step meetings... I was burnt out. I was super-stressed. We weren't sleeping - doing a show every day, zigzagging all over the country. In terms of the media I was getting put into a box that I never saw for myself. The pressure and the fame - everything. All the clichés, man - like not being able to walk around, having no privacy, and from this TV appearance to this TV appearance, and the criticism, and the lack of connection, and the lack of meetings- all of that put into one pie was just...I just wanted to escape."
Macklemore chose to take better care of himself when his fiancee Tricia Davis got pregnant with their first child. Macklemore told the magazine that finding out he was going to be a dad helped him "grow up" and invest himself back in sobriety. Another thing that helped Macklemore get clean? Music - he has been vocal about needing to stay sober to create his best work.
As with anyone who struggles with addiction, Macklemore has a long road ahead of him. It is so fortunate that he is in a much better place than he was last year, and hopefully he can continue a pattern of healthy living.