If only we could we all be so lucky to be the child of a rich and famous celebrity, but to be an inspiration for so much of your parent’s work is probably its own reward, even more so than the fame and money itself. And it may very well be that way for Hailie Jade Mathers, the daughter of famous rapper, Eminem (whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III). Eminem’s love for his daughter has been prevalent on a number of the artist’s songs, as has the stress from the custody battle with her mother, Kimberly Anne Scott.
It’s even more interesting considering that Hailie Jade Mathers has been somewhat of a mystery to the world for a long time; fans wanted to know more about the inspiration behind so much of their favorite musical artist’s work. However, recent years have brought some of her life to light, including the fact that she has grown into a smart, beautiful young woman, who Eminem must be incredibly proud of.
Hailie Jade Mathers’ parents met when Eminem, still better known to the world then as just “Marshall,” was 15 and Kimberly Anne Scott was 13. The two went to high school together and she first noticed the future star when he was standing on a table, shirtless and rapping to LL Cool J. After Scott and her sister ran away from home, they came to live at the Mathers household with Eminem and his mother. The two began their relationship in 1989, with Hailie being born on Christmas Day in 1995, six years after they first got together and four years before they would finally marry. But after they married, they divorced just two years later in 2001, following an incident at a nightclub. However, they briefly remarried in January 2006, before getting divorced again in April of the same year.
Following the first divorce, Eminem sought joint physical and legal custody. Unfortunately, Kimberly Anne Scott viewed him as an unfit parent. She sought full custody and requested $10 million in reparations from Eminem, for the mental trauma she claimed to suffer from being the negative subject of several of his songs, specifically the 2000 track, “Kim.” The court battle ended in a settlement that included joint legal custody of Hailie, which, given Eminem’s love for his daughter, was considered a loss for the rapper; even his grandmother couldn’t understand why he accepted meeting his ex-wife midway so easily, instead of fighting harder for full custody.
Hailie Jade Mathers’ influence on her dad’s music is clear to anyone who is a fan of Eminem’s extensive work. The girl has been mentioned in and/or was the topic of at least 22 of Eminem’s 22 songs, including “My Darling,” “Beautiful,” “My Dad’s Gone Crazy,” “Infinite,” and, of course, “Hailie’s Song.” She also appeared in the music video for “Mockingbird.” After her birth and well before becoming famous, her dad spent six months working 60 hours a week doing minimum-wage jobs to ensure she was properly cared for.
Now 20 years old, fans and the media went a long time without knowing much about Hailie Jade Mathers, aside from her parentage and the depth of her father’s love for her. There have been many fake social media accounts that have surfaced, claiming to be Hailie information. Eventually, information began to emerge about the real Hailie’s now-adult life outside of her father, including a picture that shows she has become quite the lovely young woman. And she’s apparently had a very successful life out of the shadow of her famous dad, including a 3.9 GPA, earning her a mention in the school’s newsletter for those students who achieved such excellence. The honorable mention in the newsletter revealed that Hailie would move on to Michigan State University and her career plans included entrepreneurship or psychology. She was also named Homecoming Queen at her high school, an event that Eminem was present for, but he hid in the back so the attention would remain where he wanted it: on the daughter he clearly loves so much.
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