By Jessica Nunez | MLive.com

In a recent BBC Radio interview, John said he has been helping Eminem kick his drug addiction.

During an interview Saturday with BBC Radio 5's Danny Baker, legendary pop star Sir Elton John talked about his role in Detroit rapper Eminem's battle against drug addiction.

During the interview, John, who has been open about his own past drug abuse, said he has been helping Eminem get clean for more than a year, and that the rapper is doing "brilliantly."

"I'm there if people want my help," John said in the interview. "If people ask for help you tell them where to go but there's no point advising people if they don't want to do it."

John talked about how hard it was when he was battling drug addiction himself.

"I didn't want anybody's help," he said.

"I used to get very annoyed, in fact I didn't talk to some of my close friends for a year because they dared to tell me I was being an idiot."

Eminem admitted in May right before the release of his album "Relapse" that he had been struggling with addiction, downing as many as 20 Vicodin, Ambien and Valium a day.

Eminem has been accused of including homophobic lyrics in his songs as recently as last month, but has had an open friendship with the 62-year-old gay singer since 2001, when John defended him against the media accusations.

During that year's Grammy Awards ceremony, Eminem invited Elton John to perform with him on his song "Stan." Despite furthering rumors of Eminem's hatred toward homosexuals, the performance became a symbol of the rapper's acceptance.

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