Drake talks drugs, haters on British publicity blitz
Drake has admitted to sipping codeine and smoking pot to alleviate the "overwhelming stress" that comes with fame. In an interview with British newspaper The Guardian, the Toronto MC said he occasionally relies on drugs to get through the day, but only in moderation.
"You get artists in this position who go crazy and don't know how to handle it," he said. "There are people who have killed themselves. There's the overwhelming stress, how tired you are, the weight on your shoulders of going out there and giving 18,000 people entertainment… it's a lot of pressure."
"Have I sipped codeine before? Yeah, of course. Have I smoked weed? Yes. Do I drink wine? Yes," he added. "But do I do it excessively? No. I’m not a reckless guy. I do it all within moderation."
Drake is on a publicity blitz and tour in Europe this month to support his latest album Take Care. Also in the interview, he addressed the subject of his haters and negative comments about his sensitive persona and music.
"It's scary for me to say this on record," he said, "but artists are only human, and we seek validation like everyone else. You just have to come to the conclusion that it's OK, there are going to be people who like you and people who don't. Luckily there are millions of people who love me and a few who don't."
He also said he stormed out of a Vibe magazine cover shoot becuase he didn't like the way he was being treated: "They ran this story about how I'm the most bitter guy, and my life is in turmoil. And I'm, like, a very happy 25-year-old kid living an amazing life. They tried to put a damper on my character, I guess because I didn't play according to their rules."
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