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Eminem's ex-wife, Kim has a name that is familiar to most of us, but not through her own descision. The 20-plus-year relationship between Marshall Mather's and his high school sweetheart has been fuel for some of the most controversial, violent songs to ever captivate the great American public.

While their relationship was obviously totally dysfunctional, the passion between this famously feisty couple was enough to keep them together for decades, have their own child and adopt two more, but what is Kim's real story?

So far, most things we have heard about the Michigan native have been aggressively spat from her former husband's mouth, so let's have a look at Kim's tangled history with the rapper along with her own roots.

Early Life

An early image of Dawn and Kim
An early image of Dawn and Kim

Born in 1975 in Warren Michigan, Kim Scott was on half of identical twin daughters born to Kathleen Sluck. Although not much is known about Kim's childhood, information about her teenage years begins to surface when she meet Eminem, then just plain Marshall, back in 1987.

Kim was just 13 when she was transfixed by a 15-year-old Eminem rapping LL Cool J's "I'm Bad" while standing on a table at a mutual friends house party. After their first encounter, love's young dream blossomed quickly and Kim soon ran away from home to live with Marshall and his mother, Debbie Mathers-Briggs. Kim's twin sister Dawn followed.

As the duo continued dating throughout the '90s, Eminem worked tirelessly on his rap career and began getting involved with rap battles at Detroit's famous Hip-Hop-Shop. The aspiring rapper finally caught the attention of a local producer named Marky Bass who was eager to work with the determined young wannabe.

Just as things were looking up for Kim and Marshall, they were once more thrown into turmoil: Kim had unexpectedly fallen pregnant.

The Arrival Of Hailie Jade Scott Mathers

Eminem with Hailie as a baby
Eminem with Hailie as a baby

After the shock of the unplanned pregnancy, Eminem tried his best to become a hard-working family man for the sake of Kim and their baby. By the time Hailie was born on Christmas day 1995, Eminem was working up to 60 hours a week. A move that nearly ended his rap career before it really began.

According to one of Eminem's former employees, Mazur, he suddenly shifted gears from a tardy layabout to a model employee with exception drive, he told Salon magazine that:

"He didn’t want his daughter to grow up like he did, living from day to day and moving from week to week."

Although there isn't any word from Kim herself about this turbulent stage of her life, it's important to note that this is when her relationship with Eminem really started to falter.

The pressure of living hand-to-mouth with a new baby piled on top of Marshall's simmering ambition caused the couple to split for the first time in 1996. After the breakup, Eminem moved back in with his mother while Kim moved to a one bedroom apartment with the infant Hailie.

It was during this time that Eminem created his violent alter-ego Slim Shady and began to channel his frustration and rage into his now infamous songs about Kim including “97 Bonnie and Clyde.”

The ultra-violent song tells the tale of Slim Shady taking his infant daughter, Hailie to dispose of Kim's murdered corpse in a lake. Shockingly, the track also contained Hailie's real voice. Naturally, Kim was infuriated when she heard the track. Eminem explained to Rolling Stone magazine that:

“I lied to Kim and told her I was taking Hailie to Chuck E. Cheese that day. But I took her to the studio. When she found out I used our daughter to write a song about killing her, she f*cking blew. We had just got back together for a couple of weeks. Then I played her the song, and she bugged the f*ck out.”

During this time, Kim and Eminem were living in notoriously bad neighborhoods and Kim was once almost hit by a stray bullet while doing the washing up, she told the Rolling Stone that:

"The neighborhoods we lived in fucking sucked. I went through four TVs and five VCRs in two years."

First Marriage

Kim and Eminem at their first wedding in 1999
Kim and Eminem at their first wedding in 1999

Kim and Eminem got married in 1999 just before Marshall head off on the now infamous 'Up In Smoke' tour alongside Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg and a handful of other high profile rappers.

Kim later explained that her main motivation for getting married was to keep Mathers "faithful and grounded" while he was on the road in an attempt to keep their family together. Needless to say, it was futile at this point in their lives.

Attempted Suicide

Kim with a newly famous Eminem
Kim with a newly famous Eminem

While it's unclearly exactly what was going on with Kim's relationship with Eminem between after their first marriage in 1999, it's pretty safe to say it was a total mess.

In a Dr. Keith Ablow interview with Kim, she explains how Eminem taking his alter ego on tour destroyed her self esteem and made her attempt to take her own life in 2000:

"Seeing the crowd's response and everybody cheering, singing the words and laughing and it just felt like everyone was staring at me. I knew that it was about me and that night I went home and I tried to commit suicide."

She added that Marshall's fame made him a lightening rod for other women and this made her feel totally worthless and ignored:

"When Marshall's first tour started is when his ego just went 'poof.' Like he was God, that's what he thought. ... I was just told that I should be grateful that he still talks to me, you know how many women throw themselves at him. And I just pretty much felt like a piece of crap."

Second Marriage

Kim Mathers and Eminem's first wedding
Kim Mathers and Eminem's first wedding

The pair's first marriage ended in divorce in 2001, but the pair remained in contact thanks to their daughter, Hailie, who they shared custody of. After some typically on again, off again years together post divorce, Kim and Eminem decided to get remarried in 2006.

Kim explained that the second marriage was a celebration of the 15th anniversary of when they first fell into a relationship:

"We decided [to get married] on Jan. 14. Marshall wanted to do it because it was our 15th year together from our original day we started going out. And even on that day I said, 'Let's just go through the ceremony but not sign the marriage license.' Because I was just afraid of what would happen if we had to go through a divorce, our kids. And then 41 days later, Feb. 25, Marshall left."

The second marriage was ill-fated, but after this milestone, Marshall and Kim began to build an amicable friendship for the sake of school-aged Hailie.

Other Relationships

Whitney - Kim's daughter with another man
Whitney - Kim's daughter with another man

After her first marriage to Eminem ended in divorce, Kim met a man named Eric Hatter and fell pregnant with his child, Whitney, who was born in 2002.

When Marshall and Kim reconciled, Whitney was unofficially adopted by Eminem who spoke out affectionately about her in a 2005 interview:

"I'm in love with that girl, man. She's so sweet and funny."

Kim's Twin Sister, Dawn

Dawn Mathers with Eminem
Dawn Mathers with Eminem

Kim and her twin sister, Dawn, didn't have the best start in life after running away from their alcoholic parents at 13 years old and they have both struggled with addiction issues themselves.

Unfortunately, while Kim managed to overcome her dependency on alcohol and drugs, Dawn truly fell under the unrelenting thumb of addiction in a way that eventually caused her death in January 2016.

Although it is hard to find information on when Dawn's addiction issues took hold, her daughter Alaina was in Kim and Marshall's care from a young age due to her inability to take care of her — A sad fact we will cover in the next section.

Kim and Dawn during their younger days
Kim and Dawn during their younger days

By 2014, Dawn's addiction to heroin, cocaine, Adderal and Klonopin led to her becoming homeless and spending a couple of years couch-surfing with friends before she found a unit at a trailer park on Detroit's gritty 8 Mile Road.

A few months before her death, Dawn spoke out to Radar Online about how Kim and Eminem had refused to help her during her time of need:

"I have a millionaire brother-in-law and a sister with money up the ass, but they’re refusing to give me any help. It’s a betrayal. [Mathers] has been part of our family since he was 15!"

Dawn later died of a suspected heroin addiction in her trailer.

Although Dawn critisized her twin sister Kim for not helping her, lending a hand to an addict, especially financially, is often fraught with difficulties and Kim still clearly cared for her sister. After her twin's death she wrote a touching obituary which read:

"Dawn was my sweet, beautiful sister who lost her way. I kept a light lit for her hoping she'd find her way back to me. I miss her and love her more than anything I could ever say. I wish she was here so I could hug her and tell her I love her. Half of me is gone and I will never feel whole again. She made me laugh and kept me on my toes. She was the best sister and friend in the world and I will miss her until we are together again."

Her Adopted Daughter, Alaina

Dawn's drug problems led to Marshall Mathers and Kim caring for her daughter, Alaina, from and early age. The pair officially adopted her in 2002.

Brought up alongside Hailie, Alaina is now 23 years old and seems to have grown into a happy, heathy young woman under the parenthood of Kim and Marshall.

You can read more about her HERE.

Despite all of the trials and tribulations that Kim has been through, she's dedicated herself to being the best parent that she can be and her accomplished daughters are a testament to that.

Were you surprised to learn about everything Kim Mathers (now Scott) has been through in her life?

(Source: People, Rapgrrl, Radar)