November 18, 2010 15:00

Eminem compares his drug addiction to Michael Jackson's

Rapper reveals extent of his prescription drugs habit

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Eminem has compared his prescription drug problem to Michael Jackson's, admitting that he popped between 60-90 pills a day during the height of his addiction.

The rapper, whose 2009 album 'Relapse' was inspired by his battle with drugs, told Rolling Stone magazine that he first started taking medication whilst filming his 2002 movie 8 Mile, to help him sleep.

"It's very similar to what I've read about Michael," he said. "I don't know exactly what he was doing, but I read that he kept getting up in the middle of the night, asking for more (drugs). That's what I was doing."

Eminem started becoming dependent and built up a tolerance against his prescription drugs. He said by the time he was on his Anger Management Tour in 2005 he was "fucked up every night".

"I was taking so many pills that I wasn't even taking them to get high anymore," he said. "I was taking them to get normal… I want to say in a day I could consume anywhere from 40 to 60 Valium. And Vicodin? Maybe 20, 30."

He added: "My everyday regimen would be, wake up in the morning and take an extra strength Vicodin and it'd be Vicodin throughout the day. Then, as the evening crept up, I'd start with a Valium or two, or three, or four. And every hour on the hour, I'd pop four or five more."

The rapper managed to get clean following his addiction; he returned to Europe earlier this year to play his first shows on the continent since 2005.

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