By Julie Bolcer
Originally published on Advocate.com June 17 2010 10:15 AM ET
Eminem, the rapper long associated with gay-bashing rhymes, expressed his support for marriage equality on the eve of the release of his new album, Recovery.
Born Marshall Mathers, Eminem spoke with Deborah Solomon, the Q&A columnist for The New York Times Magazine, and said that his view reflects “the new tolerant me.”
“You’ve been accused of writing gay-bashing lyrics in the past,” said Solomon. “Would you like to see gay marriage approved in Michigan, where you live?”
Eminem replied, “I think if two people love each other, then what the hell? I think that everyone should have the chance to be equally miserable, if they want.”
The 37-year-old rapper has fought his drug addictions with help from Elton John, now in the headlines for his performance at the wedding reception of Rush Limbaugh. Eminem and John performed together at the 2001 Grammy Awards after an uproar over the rapper's antigay lyrics.
Read the full interview here.