He has said that his daughter Hayley was his biggest inspiration when he broke loose and started as a rapper in shabby Detroit.
But while Eminem, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, clearly had his child first in his thoughts, the same cannot be said of his father, who abandoned him shortly after he was born.
The 50-year-old musician was only directly contacted by his father Marshall Bruce Mathers Jr. in 2001, during the height of his career. However, Eminem refused to listen to his estranged father.
Mathers Jr., who died at the age of 67 in June 2019, isn’t the only relative the rapper denied — with his younger half-sister Sarah Mathers, he never met Eminem, despite his attempts to do so.
Sarah, who lives in California, is said to have tried to meet her famous brother at one of his concerts, before being turned away. His identity was only discovered in 2005, according to Welcome!.
He has said that his daughter Hayley was his biggest inspiration when he broke loose and started as a rapper in shabby Detroit. But while Eminem (pictured in January 2020), whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, clearly had his child first in his mind, the same cannot be said of his father, who abandoned him shortly after his birth.
Sarah, who is now believed to be 41, couldn’t believe it when she found out that she was linked to Eminem as a young adult.
Reportedly, she was at a family barbecue when her dad noticed Eminem on TV and couldn’t help but notice the resemblance between the musician and his half-brother, Michael.
Sarah recalled Contactmusic.com: “I’ve known my whole life I had another brother, but Eminem?” They must be joking. I laughed thinking about it, then went back to join the rest of my family.
But when my dad saw the resemblance between the two men (Eminem and half-brother Michael), he didn’t ignore it.
He’s phoned his great-aunt Edna, who helped babysit Abi’s eldest son before he split from his ex-wife, and she tells him he’s Marshall Mathers. Eminem was my brother.
But when Sarah and her father tried to communicate with Eminem, trying to meet him backstage at one of his concerts, the artist refused to meet them, according to what the rapper’s mother, Debbie, reported. AmoMama.
TMZ reports that Sarah Mathers Jr.’s father had a heart attack while at home near Fort Wayne, Indiana. He passed away at the age of 67 in June 2019.
Eminem has regularly criticized his abandonment of his biological father and never having met him in person.
The 50-year-old musician was only directly contacted by his father, Marshall Bruce Mathers Jr. (pictured together after the rapper was born) in 2001, during the height of his career. However, Eminem refused to listen to his estranged father
Mathers Jr. (photographed in Los Angeles in 2000), who died at the age of 67 in June 2019, isn’t the only relative the rapper has turned down — with his younger half-sister Sarah Mathers, he’s never met Eminem, though he tries to do so. . So
His songs My Name Is and Cleanin’ Out My Closet feature lyrics about his grudge towards his father.
Eminem’s mother Debbie married Bruce when she was 15 and he was 22 and they welcomed their son two years later – but they divorced shortly after he was born.
While Debbie and Eminem were living between Missouri and Michigan, Bruce moved to California where he started a new family, having two children.
Bruce spoke out in 2001 to say that he tried to connect with his son but blamed Eminem’s mother for pushing him away.
That year, Bruce told The Mirror: ‘I desperately want to meet my son and tell him I love him. I’m not interested in his money. I just want to talk to him. I want him to know I’m here for him if he’ll let me back in his life.
Sarah (appeared in a magazine, was 23), who lives in California, is said to have tried to meet her famous brother at one of his concerts, before being turned away. I only discovered his identity in 2005, according to Hello!
Around the same time Eminem said of his estranged father: “I don’t know anything about my dad and I don’t care.”
Eminem – who is the father of Hayley Scott Mathers, whom he shares with ex-wife Kim – has said in previous interviews that he would write letters to his father as a child but they would return to the sender.
On Cleanin’ Out My Closet, he sings the song ‘My fa***t my dad must have had his panties in a bunch’ ’cause they split, I wonder if he even kissed me goodbye / No, no, on second thought, I just wished he was dead / I caught a glimpse of Hailie, and couldn’t imagine her “side.”
Meanwhile, Eminem and his mother Debbie, 67, have had a strained relationship that has come into the public eye since the rapper became famous more than 25 years ago.
During their rocky relationship, Eminem made references to his mother on the My Name Is track from the 1999 album The Slim Shady LP.
On “My Name Is,” the rapper claims his mom did “more dope than he did.”
Debbie hit back at her son by suing him for $11 million, alleging defamation of character.
The rapper and record producer’s attorney subsequently issued a statement on behalf of his client saying the lawsuit was the result of a “lifelong strained relationship” between the pair.
The suit culminated in Debbie receiving $25,000 – most of which went to her lawyer.