Maybe it was his unlikely friendship with Elton John, who helped him kick his drug habit, or maybe he was never as homophobic as his lyrics suggested — he was portrayed as a friend to gays in 8 Mile — but when asked if he'd like to see gay marriage passed in his home state of Michigan, he had this to say.
"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. . . . It's the new tolerant me."
Does this new tolerance extend to women? NYT asked if he regretted some of his more misogynist lyrics. "Anything I’ve ever said, I certainly was feeling at the time," he said. "But I think I’ve calmed down a bit. My overall look on things is a lot more mature than it used to be."
Do you believe him?