<p><em>Five years. An eon in rap time.</em> <br /><br /><em>That’s how long it’s been since Marshall Mathers III, 36, released a proper album. During his absence, rumors have swirled around Detroit’s favorite son: One of the best-selling and most beloved MCs of all-time was supposedly finished. An addict. Lost his gift. Not hot anymore. </em><br /><br /><em>And in those five years much has changed: Eminem’s best friend DeShaun “Proof” Holton was murdered in April 2006. Em married his high school sweetheart, Kim Scott, for the second time in 2006, but divorced her again three months later. In 2008, his mother, Debbie Nelson, released a tell-all, </em>My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem: Setting the Record Straight On My Life As Eminem’s Mother <em>(Phoenix).</em><em>He released his autobiography,</em> The Way I Am <em>(Dutton, 2008),</em> b<em>ut, even then, wasn’t prepared to face his demons. Today he lives just outside of Detroit with his daughter, Hailie Jade, his niece Alaina, and other members of his extended family. On the eve of his return to the game and the release of his fifth album, </em>Relapse<em> (Aftermath/Interscope), Slim Shady is back—and finally ready to address the rumors once and for all… continue reading original story as Em explains…</em></p>
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