After years of on-and-off drug abuse, Eminem has today celebrated twelve whole years of sobriety.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to hear just how he has accomplished this incredible milestone...
Eminem is one of the world's most renowned rappers.
via: GettyEminem, real name Marshal Mathers, first came onto the hip-hop scene in his home town of Detroit, Michigan, in 1997.
After quitting school, Eminem was determined to make it big as a rapper.
via: GettyAnd throughout the early 90s, he worked tirelessly on making a name for himself in the underground world of hip hop - Something which proved to be quite the challenge for a white man.
His success certainly wasn't immediate.
via: GettyAnd it took him quite some time to establish himself in the industry, with Detroit's veteran MCs and DJs laughing the "skinny white boy" off from the stage.
For years, Eminem worked menial jobs just to make ends meet.
via: GettyAnd his debut album, the 1996 Infinite, sold poorly.
But everything changed in 1997.
via: GettyEminem's freestyle skills and unique persona, Slim Shady, caught the attention of rapper and record producer, Dr. Dre, at an LA rap battle.
Dr. Dre saw something in the up-and-coming rapper...
via: GettyAnd with the producer as his mentor, Eminem released the iconic The Slim Shady LP in 1999, which went on to sell millions of copies and win him 2 Grammy Awards and 4 MTV Video Music Awards.
It was onwards and upwards from there.
via: GettyIn 2000, he went on to release The Marshall Mathers LP, which included some of his most popular tracks such as "Stan" and "The Real Slim Shady."
His fourth album, The Eminem Show in 2002 was just as successful...
via: GettyAnd in that same year, the musician made his acting debut in the movie, 8 Mile, which was based loosely around his own life and growth and success in the world of hip hop.
However, despite all of his success...
via: GettyEminem certainly hasn't been shy of controversy.
The rapper has frequently come under fire for being offensive...
via: GettyAnd many have slammed the rapper as being "sexist" and "homophobic" in his music.
He had often rapped about killing his wife, Kim...
via: GettyAnd was arrested and charged with assault in 2000 when he allegedly pistol-whipped a man he saw kissing her.
Eminem has built his image around an angsty, rebellious young man who simply "doesn't give a f***".
via: GettyAnd he has publicly blasted many famous faces in his songs, including Limp Bizkit's Fred Durst, Christina Aguilera, and Will Smith.
Many credit this turbulent and disruptive attitude to his difficult upbringing.
via: GettyRumors of Eminem's abusive childhood have circulated for years, and the rapper famously had a difficult relationship with his mom, Debbie Nelson-Mathers.
And, on top of all this, the rapper was fighting a long and hard battle with addiction.
via: GettyThroughout the early years of his career, Eminem struggled with addiction to prescription medications such as Vicodin, Valium, and Xanex.
This addiction quickly took over his life.
via: GettyIn the 2013 documentary, How To Make Money Selling Drugs, Eminem briefly opened up about his addiction and admitted that, at his lowest point, he was taking up to sixty Valium and thirty Vicodin pills every day.
But for years, he didn't think he had a problem.
via: GettyBecause he wasn’t “out there shooting heroin", he didn't acknowledge his addiction as a "real" addiction. “I don’t know at what point exactly it started to be a problem. I just remember liking it more and more."
But, in 2007, he overdosed.
via: GettyThe rapper's organs began quickly shutting down, and he was rushed to the hospital, where the doctors had a grim message. “The doctors told me I’d done the equivalent of four bags of heroin," he said at the time. “They said I was about 2 hours from dying. They were gonna have to put me on dialysis. They didn't think I was gonna make it. My bottom was gonna be death."
This was when he knew things needed to change.
via: GettyHe vowed never to touch drugs again, but his road to recovery was difficult, with him relapsing several times.
But his children helped to keep him focused on his recovery.
via: GettyThe rapper realized that he wanted to be around for when his daughters grew up, and continuing with his drug habit wasn't going to allow that to happen.
So, shortly after his overdose, he enrolled himself onto a gruelling detox program.
via: GettyElton John became his mentor and would check in on him once or twice a week to ensure he was on the straight and narrow.
And, fast forward to today...
via: GettyEminem is now celebrating twelve years sober.
Eminem shared his incredible accomplishment to Instagram...
People have been taking to social media to congratulate the rapper...
To everyone being caught up in addiction right now, dont give up and try to become sober. Eminem became sober 12 ye… https://t.co/2GJr08KnNV— Eminem & Shady News (@Eminem & Shady News)1587378397.0
He is an inspiration to everyone battling with addiction.
Eminem was addicted to drugs. Almost died due to drug overdose. Joined rehab, battled addiction, won. Came back as… https://t.co/r3GKlnFToW— EMINEM (@EMINEM)1587393162.0
via: GettyHere's to another twelve years of sobriety. For more on the rappers controversial feuds, keep scrolling...