Snoop Dogg declares he’s giving up his signature habit of “smoke.”
The iconic rapper and long-time marijuana advocate shared the surprising announcement on social media on Nov. 16.
“After much thought and discussions with my family, I’ve made the decision to give up smoking. Please respect my privacy during this time,” he wrote in a message posted on his official Instagram and X accounts.
Many fans of the 52-year-old hip-hop star, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, found it hard to believe he was serious about quitting weed, and expressed their doubts in the comments of his post.
“There’s no way this can be real,” wrote one.
“I’m not sure if I should report this post as hacked,” joked another.
Some speculated that Snoop’s decision to quit “smoke” could mean he’s switching to another form of marijuana.
“Snoop is launching an edibles company,” one fan predicted.
Others supported the rapper’s choice, suggesting it could be a positive step for his health. “Love and respect, G, always do what’s best for you! Love that you’re doing what feels right for you!” said one well-wisher.
Throughout the years, Snoop Dogg has openly expressed his love for pot both in his music and interviews.
The rapper made his debut on Dr. Dre’s 1992 album “The Chronic,” which featured a marijuana plant in its album art, and later starred alongside Dave Chappelle in the 1998 stoner cult comedy “Half-Baked.”
Snoop Dogg is the father of four children: Codre, 29, Cordell, 26, Cori, 24, and Julian, 25. In January 2013, he told GQ that as his kids grew up, he would be willing to show them “the right way” to smoke marijuana.
“It’s not that I would ever push weed on our kids,” the rapper formerly known as Snoop Dogg said in the January 2012 issue of GQ, “but if they wanted to, I would love to show them how, the right way, so that way they won’t get nothing put in their s— or overdose or trying some s— that ain’t clean.”
CORRECTION (Nov. 20, 2023, 2:27 p.m.): An earlier version of this story misstated when Snoop Dogg’s interview with GQ came out. The interview was published in GQ’s January 2012 issue, not their January 2013 issue.
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