Eminem has acknowledged using the gay dating application Grindr to meet new individuals. The 45-year-old rapper has been married to Kimberly Scott twice, first in 1999 and then again in 2006 following a 5-year separation, before their divorce in the same year. Kimberly has a 21-year-old daughter.
They say once bitten, twice shy, but Eminem is still on the lookout for someone he can fall in love with.
In an interview with a prominent American journal, Eminem confirmed his use of dating apps, stating, “I mean, absolutely. Yeah, Tinder. And Grindr. I also frequented strip clubs.”
He said, “What can I say? I was meeting women through my attendance at strip clubs. It was a fascinating period for me. It’s arduous.
Since my divorce, I’ve been on a handful of dates, but nothing has gone so well that I wanted to make it public. I’m just not in the dating mindset recently. Am I isolated? No, I’m good. However, thanks for asking
Controversy Over Eminem’s Anti-Gay Lyrics Results in Donation to LGBT Center
It’s no secret that Eminem faces accusations of homophobia: in his 2000 album, The Marshall Mathers LP, he rapped about stabbing gay people, and he’s at it again on his newly-released follow-up. Now, one of his partners has indicated that, as a result of his lyrics, she will give the revenues of her work with him to LGBT youth organizations.
‘Titanium’ artist @Sia donating portion of proceeds from new song w/ @Eminem to the Center. Buy ‘Beautiful Pain’ now: http://t.co/j7SqffJ3cd
— Los Angeles LGBT Center (@LALGBTCenter) November 5, 2013
Despite the fact that Eminem has openly stated his support for marital equality, his lyrics are not exactly tolerant. When it was released in advance of the album, “Rap God” from The Marshall Mathers LP 2 immediately drew the attention of attentive listeners.
Between citing his rap influences and comparing himself to Thor, Eminem continually threatens and degrades LGBT people with harsh language. The rapper told Rolling Stone that his usage of a slur does not indicate homophobia.
He went on to explore if it was actually his alter ego Slim Shady who used those terms, but he refused to expound on who he raps as in that song, despite the fact that Slim Shady gets called to the mic early on.
This is one aspect of Sia’s defense of Eminem, who features on the MMLP2 single “Beautiful Pain,” a song about starting over and letting go of old difficulties.
After Keo Nozari of The Huffington Post drew the notice of the conflict between Sia’s collaboration with Eminem and the “Rap God” lyrics, he and Sia debated her stance on the matter on Twitter.
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She wrote that “[Eminem] does certainly respect the gay community he is close to in his personal life” “he has a character called slim shady who represents the worst and darkest bile of America” and “I know personally that he is not homophobic, but a performance artist”; she has since deleted some of these tweets due to negative responses.