Eminem and Elton John Look Back on ‘Stan’ in New Interview

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Em said he was on drugs when he first met Elton

Eminem and Elton John’s collaboration at the Grammys is still wild 17 years on. A rapper who courted controversy for homophobic lyrics rapping with the most famous openly gay entertainer in the world was and remains stunning, so much so that the pair sat down to talk about it in a new piece for Interview.

Em and Elton discussed getting sober, Em’s new album and, of course, their famous duet in the interview. Perhaps most surprising is the fact that Em revealed he was on drugs when he met with Elton for the first time.

“You’re very good on collaborations. We first met through the Grammys, when you asked me to do ‘Stan’. It was an amazing event for me that I’ll never forget,” Elton told Em.
“I’ll never forget it either—and I was on drugs,” Em replied. “I was for sure on drugs when we met.”

Apparently, Shady was still decent at holding it together at this point. Because Sir Elton said that he had no idea that Em was gone.

“I couldn’t tell. I was just mesmerized by you and your performance; it made the hairs on the back of my arms stand up… And when that s**t was thrown at you—about you being homophobic—I just thought, ‘I’m not standing for this. It’s nonsense.’ I had to stand up and defend you. That Grammy performance was the start of a lovely friendship and I’m grateful for that,” John said.

Elton John and Eminem perform at the 43rd Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center, Los Angeles, Ca. 2/21/01

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