Think back to 1999 and the dawn of Eminem's career. Remember his wife, Kim Mathers? She's been in and out of the spotlight so many times, it's hard to keep track. The duo also split several times throughout the course of their relationship, and one of the main alleged reasons was that Kim was overwhelmed by juggling their new baby, living paycheck to paycheck, and supporting her husband's ambition to become a rapper. Sure, you may remember all about Kim Mathers from the '90s, but do you ever wonder what she's been up to recently? Here's a look at what she's been up to in recent years.
What Do We Know About Young Kim?
It turns out, we know relatively little about Eminem's ex. Kim Scott was born in 1975 in Warren, Michigan. Kim was an identical twin (we'll get to the tragic story of her twin later), and their father was allegedly an abusive alcoholic. But that's about all we know about Kim's adolescence. It's not until her teenage years, when she meets Marshal Mathers, that we really start to learn more about Kim Scott. But from this picture alone, doesn't she look like your average high school girl? Sweet, pretty, and smitten with a boy. Although she didn't fall for just any boy, now did she? She fell for the man who was going to change hip hop forever.
A quick timeline of their rocky relationship could be useful, right? Marshall Mathers and Kim Scott met in 1987 when both were just teenagers. The couple began a romance that would last through the '90s, resulting in the birth of their daughter, Hailie, in 1995. By 2007, they'd already married and divorced twice. They say that true love always comes back, right? Either way, that's quite a history!
In October of 2015, Kim was involved in a single-car accident in Shelby Township, Michigan. Though it initially appeared to have been a drunk driving incident, she later revealed that the crash was a suicide attempt.
Just months after her dramatic brush with death, Kim's condition seemed to have improved quite a bit. Eminem fans were relieved to see her looking so healthy, especially since her twin sister, Dawn, had recently overdosed. The death of her sister had a huge impact on Kim, and it was one of the driving forces behind her suicide attempt.
Kim acknowledged her ex-husband for stepping up during her time of need. "He's been real supportive," she explained. "We're really close friends. We're just trying to raise our kids together and make it as normal for them as possible." It sounds like their relationship is more harmonious now than ever.
The familial tensions don't stop at Kim. Eminem has a famously strained relationship with his mother, Debbie Mathers, as well. In 2001, her decision to sue her son for defamation resulted in their estrangement.
The one woman who could never do Eminem wrong is his daughter, Hailie Jade. Often mentioned in his songs, the 21-year-old graduated high school in 2014 with an Academic Excellence Award. In a note on the high school's website, she thanked both her mom and dad for the roles they played in her success.
These Days, Eminem Keeps The Family Drama To A Minimum
Unlike his earlier tracks, Slim Shady's latest material doesn't include any lawsuit-worthy insults directed at family members. He's even gone so far as to apologize to his mother for the unkind lyrics in songs like "My Name Is."
Eminem is gearing up for the release of his ninth album, Revival. Given the fact that Eminem is one of the most commercially successful musicians of all time, the moderate anticipation for the album release is a bit underwhelming. But you never know, Eminem could deliver many more hits in the upcoming months!