Eminem was born with the name Marshall Mathers lll, and I was actually shocked when I came to find out about the type of background that he came from.
Eminem’s mother was just 15 when he was born, and nearly died while giving birth to him. When he was two months old, his abusive father left him and his mother to cope by themselves.
Eminem’s mother was also abusive, hitting him and shouting. His mother (Debbie) suffered from Munchausen by proxy syndrome, which is trying to seek attention and sympathy from people by pretending that others in your household are sick.
This is usually mothers with their children, and this results in the mother trying to make the child sick by giving them unnecessary medicine, starving them to try and make them skinny, keeping them off school so they can’t make friends, I think you get the picture. It’s a form of abuse towards the child.
She often threw him out of the house when they had arguments. She used to starve him sometimes, and sneak drugs into his food than force it down his throat. When Eminem was 11 or 12, his stepbrother and best friend -Ronnie- committed suicide, she told Marshall that she wished he had died instead.
Eminem was bullied badly at school, shut up in lockers, beaten up; once so badly that he was put in a coma for a week. As a child, he lived and traveled a lot in a caravan, so he changed schools at least twice a year, not even enough time to make friends.
At high school, Eminem met his first proper friend, Proof, another rapper. At sixteen, he was already taking up multiple jobs to help pay the bills as his mother spent all their money on men and drugs.
In 1992, he married Kim Scott and in 1995 he had his daughter, Hailie. In 2002, they divorced for the first time after an incredibly abusive relationship. There is evidence to suggest that Kim was the abusive one, cheating on him behind his back, getting pregnant with another guy, and Marshall raised that child.
Kim sued him and took Hailie away from him for a few years. A few security guards claimed they saw Kim shout at him, call him useless and smack his head against a wall. His mother and childhood bully also sued him.
In 2006, they got back together for a short period of time then broke up again. Proof also died in 2006 as a victim of a shooting, and Marshall took his death hard. Eminem started overdosing on drugs, to the point where he nearly lost his own life.
Eminem’s mother had three other boys, and he basically had to raise them himself, as his mother clearly didn’t know how to raise children.
In his songs, he openly admitted some of his struggles, like fighting the devil for his soul (My Darling), murdering his ex-wife (Kim), revealing how fucked up his life is (My Name Is), and his mother’s abuse towards him and his siblings (Cleaning Out My Closet, My Mom, My Name Is) and how he is hurting inside due to his rubbish love life (Space Bound).
On top of all this, Eminem was used and spat out by the industry. He admitted to being incredibly lonely, as he couldn’t go anywhere without security following him everywhere.
I hope he’s in a better place now.