Marshall Bruce Mathers III, professionally known as Eminem, is an American rapper, songwriter and record producer born on October 17, 1972.
He is credited with introducing the hip hop culture in Middle America and is often regarded as one of the greatest rappers alive.
In 1988, Eminem met a beautiful girl, Kimberly Ann Scott. They were married twice in 1999 and 2006, before divorcing for good in 2007.
The lovebirds met as teenagers at a house party and began a relationship that span nearly two decades.
Eminem, who is well-known for his rhythmic raps, drew inspiration from his romance with Kimberly Ann Scott for some of his successful songs including “Kim,” “97 Bonnie & Clyde” and “Love The Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna.
Worthy of note is the fact that not all of them portrayed her in good light.
In 1995, the duo welcomed their daughter, Hailie Jade Scott. Despite their back and forth relationship, Hailie has spoken highly of both her parents and their impact on her life.
Eminem has over his decades in the rap game gathered so much fame and affluence, but very little is known about Kim, his ex-wife.
Here’s everything you need to know about Kim Scott.
Where did Kim grow?
Kimberly was born to Kathleen Doherty in Warren, Michigan, on January 9, 1975.
She has a twin sister Dawn Scott, who ran away from home in 1988.
Dawn later relocated to a youth shelter outside of Detroit.
How Kim and Eminem met
We had earlier mentioned that Scott and Eminem first crossed paths at a house party, but, in this section of this article, we will take a step further into this meeting of theirs.
Scott was 13 years while Eminem was 15 when they met.
“I’m standing on top of their coffee table with my shirt off, with a Kangol on, mocking the words to LL Cool J’s ‘I’m Bad.’ And I turn around and she’s at the door smoking,” he recalled in his 2014 book How It All Got Started: Lessons in Life, Art and Entrepreneurship from Hip Hop Icons.
Nowhere to live
Not long after the two met, Eminem brought Scott home to his mother, Debbie Nelson’s house.
According to Nelson wrote in her 2008 memoir, My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem, “Marshall arrived home from school with a tall, sulky blonde girl, he introduced her as Kim Scott and said she needed a place to stay. I was happy to help out.”
She continued, “Kim said she was 15 and I had no reason to doubt that. In truth, she was so cute and busty that she could have passed for 17.”
Kids started coming
Eminem and Scott welcomed their daughter, Hailie, on December 25, 1995.
In between her two marriages to Eminem, Scott gave birth to Stevie Laine Scott on April 16, 2002.
Stevie was a product of her relationship with her then-boyfriend Eric Hartter. In 2005, Eminem legally adopted Stevie when he got back together with Scott.
Back and forth
Eminem and Scott wed on June 14, 1999, before he departed on his first tour.
During an episode of Dr. Keith Ablow’s talk show in 2007, Scott said she married Eminem to keep him “faithful and grounded” when he went on tour, but it didn’t work out.
The marriage crashed in 2001.
However, they remarried on January 14, 2006, in a “small, private ceremony” in Michigan.
The 2006 union didn’t last long, Eminem filed for divorce in April 2006, and it was finalized in an out-of-court settlement in December of that same year.
“There was a lot of sadness about why this didn’t work out. They’ve been together for 17 years,” her attorney Michael J. Smith said.
Smith added, “They’re life-long friends, lovers, have been husband and wife, they’re raising children together … It’s not the end and it’s not over between them.”
“Kim is doing great. She is a very articulate, very smart woman. She is going back to college to study design. She just wants to be a mom and go back to college. That’s what she wants to do right now.”
Depression came knocking
After her second divorce from Eminem, Kim found solace in substance abuse and sooner or later, depression came knocking.
On Oct. 7, 2015, she intentionally drove her Cadillac Escalade into a utility pole after consuming prescription pills and a fifth of Malibu rum.
In her words, “I sat at the end of a road where I knew that no one else but myself would get hurt, yes, I drank, I took pills and I hit the gas and aimed for a pole.”
She added, “I never expected to make it out of that alive. I apologized immensely. I did not even expect to make it through that, and I told [police] that I tried to do this on purpose.”
The crash resulted in a concussion, broken toes and a broken wrist. Scott was booked on a DUI charge, for which she was ordered to attend drug and alcohol counseling, undergo a year-long probation and pay a $900 fine.
Despite separating as a couple after decades together, Scott while speaking on the Detroit-based radio show Mojo in the Morning said their children were a top priority for them.
According to her, “We’re really close friends, we’re just trying to raise our kids together and make it as normal for them as possible.”