• Drake Silver

After revealing a pandemic relapse, Macklemore says, "The Disease of Addiction Is Crazy."

On his podcast, Macklemore spoke about his relapse during the COVID-19 pandemic with fellow recovering addict Dax Shepard.


The Grammy-winning rapper reflected on the Sept. 25, 2020, segment on the Armchair Expert With Dax Shepard podcast, in which the actor admitted he had relapsed after 16 years of sobriety, and how the actor's willingness to be "vulnerable and frank" "actually, really resonated" with him.

Macklemore told Shepard, "It was within two months of my COVID relapse, and the disease of addiction is insane." "It made me feel like I wasn't alone as someone who had relapsed a month or two ago."

Macklemore (real name Benjamin Haggerty) recently explored the life-saving benefits of recovery services. Macklemore (real name Benjamin Haggerty) has been open about his battle with sobriety since he first entered rehab for opioid abuse and alcoholism in August 2008. "If it wasn't for my pops getting the 10 or 12 racks that it was when I first went to rehab and being able to spend it on me, I'd be f—-ing dead," he said on Talib Kweli's People's Party show in February. The "Thrift Shop" rapper credited his now-wife Tricia Davis' pregnancy with their first child, Sloane, as the impetus for his sobriety after relapsing during his blockbuster year of 2014 in a 2015 Complex cover story with Ryan Lewis.

"I've spent the majority of the last 11 years in rehab, and it's shaped who I am," said the singer of "Can't Hold Us." "I've put my life and the lives of others in jeopardy, and I've done stuff I'm not proud of, but I do have the fundamental degree of ten years of recovery, which I'm f—-ing proud of."

Listen to Macklemore and Shepard's full conversation on the Armchair Expert podcast.

If you or someone you know is struggling with substance abuse or addiction, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Helpline at 800-662-HELP (4357) is available 24/7.