Rapper Eminem is being treated in hospital for addiction to sleeping pills, his publicist revealed.
The Grammy-award winner abruptly cancelled his European tour earlier this week blaming exhaustion.
But in a brief statement, his spokesman said: “Marshall Mathers, aka Eminem, is in the hospital under doctor’s care. He is being treated for dependency on sleep medication.”
There was no indication as to when he would be released from the facility.
Eminem, 32, is said to be tired of the controversial persona he has cultivated and is keen to step away from the spotlight to focus on his daughter and producing other acts.
He had just completed a 23-date US tour and was due to begin the European leg in Hamburg, Germany, on September 1. The gigs were part of his Anger Management 3 tour, due to end in Dublin on September 17.
Some 80,000 tickets for the headline gig at Slane Castle sold out in less than two hours.
Organiser Lord Henry Mountcharles was angry at the late cancellation and said the star would not be welcome back to the famous venue. He did not rule pursuing him for compensation.