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Eminem: I was saved by hip-hop

Eminem has said he shaved a few years off his life because of his past drug taking.

The hip-hop star opened up about his dark days in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine.

"I'm as happy as I can be, I guess," the 41-year-old said.

"Hip-hop saved my life, man. It's the only thing I've ever been even decent at. I don't know how to do anything else. I think they have a word for that - what do they call it? Idiot savant?"

The Slim Shady singer, now clean, has previously admitted ending up in hospital in 2005 following a methadone overdose.

"I relapsed on drugs. It was a little creepy. I certainly had some dark times with that s***, mostly due to taking a lot of pills and f***ing drooling on myself. It was a s***** time," the star, real name Marshall Mathers, said.

"I know I probably shaved a few years off my life," the Daily Mail quoted the singer, who is enjoying success with his recent single The Monster , as saying.

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