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Yelawolf admits he's an alcoholic on ESPN: 'Sobriety sucks'

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Bahram Foroughi for EW

When Yelawolf sat down with Dan Le Batard and Bomani Jones of Highly Questionable on Friday, the tone shifted to something dramatically different than what we’re used to seeing on the ESPN talk show. The rapper, whose second album, Love Story, was released in April, was candid about his struggle with alcoholism and why “sobriety sucks.” To say the least, it was nothing like their interview with Rae Sremmurd

The line of questioning began when Le Batard asked Yelawolf about when mentor Eminem chatted with the rapper about his drinking. “No one controls my drinking but me. I’m the only person who can control that, you know?” he replied. “I’m admittedly an alcoholic. It’s a problem. … I’m not proud of it, but it’s in my genes.

“I do take breaks. I was sober for five months—that was my last sober streak—and I’m back drinking again.”

Yelawolf conceded that sobriety is hard for him to handle, to which Jones asked why. “Because sobriety sucks,” the rapper said, followed by a chuckle. “For real. I can’t deal sober, man. It just sucks.

“I’m not a role model, man,” he added. “I’m just doing me, man. If I want to drink, I’m going to drink. If I want to party, I’m going to party. That’s it.”

Le Batard followed-up by asking about a feud between Yelawolf and fellow rapper Machine Gun Kelly: “Really? Next question, dude. Come on.”

Watch the full interview above.

Bahram Foroughi for EW