Drake: ‘I take drugs to cope with pressure of fame’

Rapper says he's smoked weed and sipped codeine to handle attention…

Drake has admitted that he uses drugs to cope with the pressures of fame.

The rapper, who released his second album ‘Take Care’ last year, told the Guardian that the attention and demands of his success meant that he often felt under “overwhelming stress” – so had occasionally turned to substances to loosen up.

“You get artists in this position who go crazy and don’t know how to handle it,” he said. “There are people who have killed themselves. There’s the overwhelming stress, how tired you are, the weight on your shoulders of going out there and giving 18,000 people entertainment… it’s a lot of pressure.”

He went on to say:

Have I sipped codeine before? Yeah, of course. Have I smoked weed? Yes. Do I drink wine? Yes. But do I do it excessively? No. I’m not a reckless guy. I do it all within moderation.

Even away from his music career, Drake endured a stressful time last month, when his ex-girlfriend filed a lawsuit claiming she was entitled to royalties from his song ‘Marvin’s Room’. A spokesperson for the rapper said the claim made by Ericka Lee is “entirely without merit”, and that Drake would be heading to court if the two parties couldn’t settle amicably.

Meanwhile, Drake will be one of the headliner acts at this summer’s Wireless Festival. The rapper, who released his second album ‘Take Care’ last year, will headline the festival’s second night (July 7). He joins Rihanna as a headliner, with the ‘Talk That Talk’ singer set to close the festival on the following night (July 8). The headliner for the event’s opening day (July 6) has yet to be announced.

The star was in London earlier this week to play a gig at London’s O2 Arena (March 26), where he paid tribute to Florence And The Machine and thanked the UK crowd for supporting him throughout his career.