Macklemore Says Fatherhood Helped Him Overcome Drug Addiction
Macklemore has been away from the scene as of late, enjoying fatherhood, which he recently said helped him overcome drug addiction.
In a recent interview with MTV, the Seattle rapper explained how fatherhood forced him out of his addiction to drugs... beginning with his now-wife, Tricia Davis, first telling him she was pregnant.
Macklemore says he prayed for the first time in a few years, hoping that she was not pregnant... simply because he didn't think he was ready.
"I got down on my knees and I prayed, just like, 'God, I'm not ready for this right now. I'm not ready to be a father like I can't even get sober,' " he explained.
Macklemore says he heard Davis crying from the bathroom after taking a pregnancy test and he knew it read positive.
"It was a wake-up call that I desperately needed," he says. "Like you're about to be a dad. Dude, stop doing drugs and lying to people and sneaking around. Like do you want to live life or do you want to escape life? That was one of those pivotal turning points."
He says that throughout Davis' pregnancy, he slowly regained her trust, as he learned to be completely transparent. He said he found himself happier and music came more natural. His daughter, Sloane Ava Simone Haggerty, was born in May.
"It's this unconditional love that happens instantaneously," the rapper says of her birth. "That was one of the coolest things."
Now a proud father, Macklemore says he takes the task seriously. He takes his daughter on walks and uses music to soothe her.
"I feel like she really likes Snoop Dogg," he says. "Like "Gin and Juice" for some reason just calms her down. She's just like (snap) and I've used it a couple times and it's like worked every time."