Macklemore Opens Up About Recent Addiction Struggles

(Radio.com) In the past, Seattle's Macklemore (whose real name is Ben Haggerty) has spoken openly about his past struggles with addiction. He hit bottom, he got clean, he lived healthfully. But all that was before he became a platinum-selling artist.

As he told Complex in their recent cover story, 'I held it together for a while, but, eventually, I stopped going to my 12-step meetings." Touring is stressful work, he remembered, and he and collaborator Ryan Lewis weren't sleeping much on the road.

"The pressure and the fame--everything," he said. "All the cliches, 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." Read more here.

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