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Aside from lyrical references to on-again-off-again ex Kim Scott, Eminem has remained relatively quiet about his love life in the past. Now the hhip-hop titan has opened up in a new interview with Vulture, revealing his surprisingly down-to-earth methods for dating.
“It’s tough. Since my divorce I’ve had a few dates and nothing’s panned out in a way that I wanted to make it public,” he says. “Dating’s just not where I’m at lately.”
When asked where a man of his superstar status meets other women, his answer was simple: Tinder. “And Grindr,” he jokes of the man-to-man dating app.
But occasionally he breaks out of the digital realm and seeks love in the real world. “I also used to go to strip clubs,” he admits. “What can I say? Going to strip clubs is how I was meeting some chicks. It was an interesting time for me.”
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Those familiar with Em’s lyrics might be wary of settling down with the 45-year-old rapper. In the past, he’s faced accusations of misogyny over the lyrical barbs he’s hurled at his ex, and several songs contain graphic depictions of Scott’s murder.
“I’ve had my share of experiences with women where I’ve felt a certain way and been mad enough to make songs about those feelings,” he says now. “All the bulls— around that—I’m not making an excuse, but the mentality that I’ve had since I was rapping at open mics was that you better have s— that’s going to get a reaction or you will not be accepted when you’re on the mic. Your first, second, third, and fourth line better grab attention or you’re done. That attitude morphed into my music. A lot of times I’m saying stuff just to get that reaction. Maybe I took it too far sometimes.”
While he’s yet to make a love connection, Eminem (born Marshall Mathers) remains unbothered by his single status. “Am I lonely? No, I’m good,” he tells Vulture. “Thanks for asking, though.”
The interview is in support of his new album, Revival, on which he tackles a variety of tough subjects — including politics, heartbreak and his challenges with fame.
But the rapper produces perhaps his most emotional work when singing about his family. His daughter Hailie Jade — now a 21-year-old at Michigan State — takes the spotlight in three songs on Revival, most notably on “Castle.”
Written in the form of annual letters to his daughter, Eminem expresses guilt for making her the subject of many of his songs and struggles with the idea that he might have exploited his own child for the sake of his career.
“I said your name but always tried to hide your face,” he raps. “This game is crazy, I wanted to claim my love for you but damn. I never knew it’d be like this. If I did, I wouldn’t have done it. You ain’t asked for none of this s—. Now you’re being punished? Things that should’ve been private with me and your mother is public.”