Eminem's manager recalls 'horrible' period during rapper's addiction

'It was difficult in a lot of ways,' says Paul Rosenberg

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Eminem's manager Paul Rosenberg has discussed the "horrible" period when the rapper was addicted to prescription pills.

Eminem has told the story of his addiction to Vicodin, Valium and Xanax – and subsequent recovery – at length in his music. Rosenberg admits in a new interview with Billboard that, since getting sober in 2008, Eminem is like a new person and that the pair had to get to know each other all over again.

"It was horrible. It was difficult in a lot of ways," says Rosenberg. "He’s five years sober, so things are a lot different. But it’s not as different now as it was when he first went into recovery. There was a time during that period where I felt like I was sort of meeting him again for the first time.

The manager continues: "He came out of this, like, horrible spell and he just wasn’t himself. But then as I got to know him again as he is now. It’s been really great. It was hard to connect with him when he wasn’t present. And now [that] he’s present, he’s a much better partner. I think his art’s a lot better and we have a lot more fun doing it. Our relationship both professionally and as friends is stronger than ever."

Eminem released his new album 'The Marshall Mathers LP 2' earlier this month, going straight to Number One in the Official UK Album Chart. The album, a sequel-of-sorts to his breakthrough album, 2000's 'The Marshall Mathers LP', makes him the first American artist to ever achieve seven back-to-back UK Number Ones.

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