Rapper Eminem is gradually building up his circle of friends after reconnecting with old pals he ditched when he became addicted to drugs.
The Stan hitmaker, real name Marshall Mathers III, struggled for years with an addiction to painkillers and anti-depressants - popping as many as 20 pills a day at the height of his problems, and nearly losing his life after an accidental methadone overdose.
He has been sober for more than 18 months and he's slowly getting back in touch with acquaintances from his past to make amends for cutting them out of his once drug-riddled life.
Eminem tells Complex magazine, "I've gone back and rekindled some old friendships - people I knew from back in the day. I feel like I'm closer with everybody now, certainly - probably a lot easier to get along with, too."
And the hip-hop star insists he's back in top form, having shed the excess weight he gained while he was on prescription drugs.
He adds, "I feel better. I feel like a human being again. There was one point in time where I felt like... plastic. I think I looked plastic. My face, fat plastic! I was eating, but the Vicodin made me hungry because it eats up your stomach lining, so you want to fill your stomach back up, but then it stops (blocks) you up so you can't s**t.
"That's why I was gaining so much weight, I was just so f**king bloated. It's a trip when people take sobriety for granted. Feeling trapped in my addiction and then getting sober - you appreciate it so much more, because I didn't know if I would ever know what it's like to feel normal again, ever."
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