“The thing sobriety has taught me the most,” he says, “is the way I’m wired—why my thought process is so different.” He’s talking about obsessiveness, the way he clings to routines: “I’ve realized that the way I am helps with the music. Sporadic thoughts will pop into my head and I’ll have to go write something down, and the next thing you know I’ve written a whole song in an hour. But sometimes it sucks, and I wish I was wired like a regular person and could go have a fuckin’ drink. But that’s the biggest thing about addiction: When you realize that you cannot—for fuck’s sake, you can not—fuck around with nothing ever again. I never understood when people would say it’s a disease. Like, ‘Stop it, dickhead. It’s not a disease!’ But I finally realized, Fuck, man—it really is.”
Full Interview: GQ
Eminem was interviewed as part of GQ’s, “The Survivors,” feature. Check below for a behind the scenes look at the photo shoot for the issue.