Macklemore: My Struggle To Stay Sober Since Success
Rapper says AA meetings remind him how he made it big in the first place...
Macklemore has admitted that he has struggled to stay sober since his global hit with Thrift Shop this year.
The 29-year-old rapper went to rehab for drug and alcohol abuse in 2008 - but told Rolling Stone that the pressures of success had tempted him to fall off the wagon.
"The last three months haven't been good for me - the pressure, the expectation, the lack of sleep, the stress, the travelling.
"I can't escape Macklemore. I just want to get the f**k out of my own head.
"It's been a struggle the past year. It's very important to go into the rooms of AA, smell the s**tty coffee and be reminded that without sobriety, I would have no career."
He said that the uncertainty of how long his success would last had also been a worry.
"I spent a lot of my life rapping and not making enough money to live, and gratefully, that's not the case anymore," he explained.
"But not having a foreseeable end date in sight is a little bit scary."
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis have released their own album, The Heist - as well as two singles.