It’s a sadly common issue for celebrities to struggle with alcoholism, and rapper Post Malone is no exception to that.
Malone made an appearance on a recent recording of The Howard Stern Show and discussed how his struggle with alcohol had reached a “terrible point” before he could acknowledge it was something he had to deal with.
He was on the show to promote his latest album, Twelve Carat Toothache. A number of the new tracks on the album detail his alcoholism, and Stern latched onto that point, asking Malone if he was sober at the time of the interview.
Malone was quick to respond, “No, sir. I am responsible now.”
“How’d you get responsible? Because most people who have a problem with alcohol, they gotta go, you know, you gotta either go one way or the other,” Stern asked.
“It got to a terrible point. And, um, you — you ask some great questions,” Malone laughed. “It was to a really, really rough point. And I couldn’t get up off the floor for weeks. And that’s what a lot of the inspiration for the album comes, but I don’t want — I never want to bring people down. I just want to express how I feel.”
Stern then went on to ask Malone what alcoholic beverage was the one that led him down the path to alcoholism.
“It was screwdrivers. It was a bunch of — it was vodka. It was vodka and it was bodying fifths and trying to hang in there and talking to people who weren’t fucking there,” Malone said.
“What do you think was going on? Were you hating yourself?” Stern asked the rapper. “Did you ever get to the bottom of it? Did you get help with it?”
“Um, no, sir. I never got help with it. I just have super beautiful people around me,” Malone divulged. “I met a really beautiful person that made me feel like a human being again.”
The rapper said it was his girlfriend who gave him “guidance out of the dark, into the light.”
“She saved my fucking life. It’s pretty epic,” he admitted.
Stern then asked Malone about relationships with other people that had also helped him to change his life around, including his friendship with Justin Bieber.
“There was a time where I had so much guidance and Justin was guiding me,” Malone revealed. “And Justin was like this, but I’m like, you know what? Like, ‘I love you. At the end of the day, I have to do what I want to do. And that’s what I’m gonna do. I’m not listening to anybody.’”
“That’s what I’m working on now is an issue with being told what to do, because at the same time, people can look at you from the outside and see that something’s wrong and you can be trapped in your own fucking world.”
“It’s an issue of opening up and I need to do a lot less talking and a lot more listening,” he ended. “I’m 26 and I’m, and I’m learning every fucking day.”