Macklemore: Sobriety Brought Me Closer To My Mother-In-Law

By Bryan Le 07/09/19

Macklemore took to Instagram to celebrate his improved relationship with his mother-in-law. 

Macklemore and his mother-in-law
Photo via Instagram

Rapper Macklemore has seen an improvement in his relationship with his mother-in-law ever since getting sober, as chronicled in an Instagram post of the pair hanging out in Paris together.

“Out here in Paris with my mama in law. Glowed up. Grown up. She used to not trust my ass at all, as I’d sneak in and out of her house to visit @baba_g on the late night,” he wrote in the caption of his post. “Now we in Paris eating appetizers, shopping, walking the city and looking out the window at the Eiffel Tower. Life is good. Change is good. I love her beyond words. And I think she likes me now.”

The musician was referring to his spouse, Tricia Davis, who goes by the handle @baba_g on Instagram.

Cynical voices descended on Macklemore’s post, pointing out how convenient it was that his mother-in-law seemed to get along now that he’s dropping tons of cash on her on an expensive trip to France.

“Amazing what a few million dollars can do,” wrote one such commenter.

It Wasn't About The Money

However, the “Thrift Shop” singer insisted it wasn’t the money that changed things.

“Although money is nice, it unfortunately can’t keep you sober. And when I got sober that’s when our relationship changed. Money had nothing to do with it,” he clarified on the post. “(But yet, Paris is hella expensive and these euros adding up)”

Macklemore has spoken openly about his troubled relationship with drugs, which began as early as 14 years old and only got worse as he became more famous. “There was a rapid transition and to have the world’s eye on me all at once with back-to-back number ones, and all the accolades that came with it—I didn’t know how to deal with it,” Macklemore said in an interview last year. “I didn’t know how to adjust, so I escaped.”

Since then, the singer has become sober and has advocated for the recovery community, including headlining the first ever Recovery Fest 2018 as well as earning a MusiCares award in recognition of his advocacy work.

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