Macklemore is an artist that has always been honest with his struggle with addiction and now he’s taking his willingness to share his story all the way to the White House. The Seattle rapper met with President Obama last week to discuss the epidemic of opioid addiction in the U.S.
Macklemore touches on his recovery saying, “If I hadn’t gotten the help I did when I needed it, I definitely would not be here today.” The “Thrift Shop” singer continues, saying “I know recovery isn’t easy or quick. But along with the 12-step program, treatment has saved my life and recovery works.”
In addition to talking about his own journey with addiction, Macklemore also touches on the loss of his friend Kevin, who was the inspiration for one of the singles off 2016’s This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.
“I didn’t just know someone, I lost someone. My friend Kevin overdosed on painkillers when he was only 21 years old. Addiction is like any other disease. It doesn’t discriminate.”
In the video for President Obama’s Weekly Address segment, which you can watch here, Macklemore and the POTUS urge people suffering with addiction to seek treatment, with Macklemore adding, “when you’re going through it, it’s hard to imagine there could be anything worse than addiction, but shame and the stigma associated with the disease keeps too many people from seeking the help they actually need. Addiction isn’t a personal choice or a personal failing. Sometimes it takes more than a strong will to get better.”
In addition to Macklemore appearing in President Obama’s Weekly Address, the two have also shot a special for MTV, which will air this summer.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis are set to perform for the first time at the iHeartRadio MMVAs on Sunday, June 19. The 2016 iHeartRadio MMVAs are hosted by Gigi Hadid and will feature performances by Hailee Steinfeld featuring Shawn Hook, Fifth Harmony, Nick Jonas, Alessia Cara, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and more!