Controversial American rapper Eminem, who was in the past accused of homophobia, has said that he supports the right of gays and lesbians to marry.

In an interview, The New York Times asked Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, if he would like to see gay marriage approved in Michigan, where he lives.

“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,” replied the hip-hop superstar.

“Is this the new, 37-year-old tolerant you?” asked journalist Deborah Solomon, to which Eminem replied: “It’s the new tolerant me!”

He earlier commented: “I think I’ve calmed down a bit. My overall look on things is a lot more mature than it used to be.”

Eminem came under fire from LGBT activists for lyrics on his 2000 Marshall Mathers LP album that included: “My words are like a dagger with a jagged edge/ That’ll stab you in the head, whether you’re a fag or lez/ Or the homosex, hermaph or a trans-a-vest/Pants or dress? Hate fags? The answer’s yes.”

In the 2002 track Without Me, he rapped: “And Moby? You can get stomped by Obie / You thirty-six year old baldheaded fag, blow me”.

Eminem has sold about 80 million albums around the world to date.

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