Macklemore has talked honestly about life in the spotlight, as well as looking to substances to escape the stresses and pains that come with a highly stressful career. During a new interview, the rapper once again dished on how he overcame hurdles in life.
During a chat with Fault magazine, the rapper said that getting used to fame while “not staying sober has been the worst.”
Macklemore and his partner, Ryan Lewis, released their album together, The Heist, and it quickly went platinum, shooting them into the stratosphere of fame and fortune, seemingly overnight.
The albums most iconic and successful tracks included, “Thrift Shop, “Same Love,” and “Can’t Hold Us.” The 34-year-old said the sudden fame was immense, and the “rapid transition” was too much to bear, so drugs became the answer.
“I didn’t know how to adjust, so I escaped,” the Grammy winner explained. According to Macklemore, the stresses that come with criticism, public perception, and love, are immense.
After wrestling with inner demons, the “Thrift Shop” rapper acquired a sense of “inner peace.” As it was previously reported, Macklemore and his wife welcomed two daughters into the world.
As for how he learned to get over it, he learned to “not give a f*ck.” The rapper had some words of wisdom; he explained that a person has to find the strength within themselves, and not look for the validation from others on social media or whatever medium. There’s always someone out there who won’t like what you’re doing, so you have to do it for yourself.
Things are looking up for Macklemore, as him and his wife welcomed their second daughter into the world back in March. The rapper previously stated that she gave birth on St. Patricks Day.