Bizarre childhood of Eminem's daughter Hailie

Bizarre childhood of Eminem’s daughter Hailie

“It was a pretty crazy relationship, love-hate,” producer Jeff Bass told the Detroit Free Press. “The only time he’d really go home from LA was for Hailie.” “Hailie was his number one priority,” Karen Pinegar, office manager at Mix Room, added. “It was all about the baby. That’s what he cared about and talked about.” The album, named The Slim Shady LP, was released in February 1999 and ended up going triple platinum as one of the year’s most popular records. It was dedicated to Hailie. SONGS ABOUT HAILIE Over the course of his career, Eminem wrote several songs about his daughter. Some of them, like 97′ Bonnie & Clyde , featured her voice. Another called My Dad’s Gone Crazy even featured her warbling along on the hook, something that earned Hailie a Guinness World Record as the Youngest R & B Chart Entrant. (She was six years and 210 days old when that song was released in 2002.) “That’s my little girl, you know she’s goofy too,” Eminem said. “One day we were in the studio doing a song and she was like, ‘Somebody help me, I think my dad’s gone crazy’. I said, ‘Hailie, what did you say?’ She said it again and then said, ‘Daddy I want to do it on the mic’. I said, ‘OK’. I got her in the booth.” Previously, to lay down the gurgle noises you hear on 97′ Bonnie & Clyde, Eminem had to sneak Hailie into the recording studio. “I lied to Kim and told her I was taking Hailie to Chuck E Cheese that day,” he told Rolling Stone. “But I took her to the studio. When she found out I used our daughter to write a song about killing her, she f***ing blew. We had just got back together for a couple of weeks. Then I played her the song, and she bugged the f**k out.” At the time, Eminem hadn’t played the song to then-four-year-old Hailie. “When she gets old enough, I’m going to explain it to her,” he told Rolling Stone. “I’ll let her know that Mommy and Daddy weren’t getting along at the time. None of it was to be taken literally.” There were other songs, too, that didn’t feature Hailie’s voice but rather her spirit, some 22 in total. The most famous of which is Hailie’s Song, which Eminem wrote for his daughter when she was seven. “My baby girl keeps getting older/I watch her grow up with pride,” Eminem raps. Later on this track, he calls Hailie his reason for living and his saviour. Hailie is also mentioned on Cleaning Out My Closet , in which Eminem raps about his estranged mother, telling her she’ll never see her “beautiful” granddaughter again. On Mockingbird, which was inspired by the lowest points in the Mathers’ family history, Eminem apologised for any pain he had caused his daughter in the past. “I know you miss your dad when I’m gone/But I’m tryin’ to give you the life that I never had,” he raps. “No more crying’, wipe them tears/Daddy’s here, no more nightmares.” FROM LOVING ODES TO DISS TRACKS There was also the 2003 diss track Hailie’s Revenge , in which Hailie joined her father on a song calling out Ja-Rule. (Previously, Ja-Rule had slammed Kim as a “known slut, what’s Hailie gon’ be when she grows up?”) On this track, Eminem sings out to his daughter. “Hailie, come here baby. Bring Daddy his Oscar,” he yells. (Eminem had picked up an Oscar in 2003 for Best Original Song for the track Lose Yourself from 8 Mile , the dramatisation of his life story.) “We’re gonna shove it up Ja-Rule’s a**e.” “Hailie, what do you want to be when you grow up, baby?” Eminem asked his daughter on the track. “I don’t know, but I don’t want to grow up to be like Ja-Rule’s little dirty-a**e kids,” she responded. It wasn’t the only diss track Hailie wound her way onto. In 2012, rapper Machine Gun Kelly called Hailie “hot as f**k” in a since-deleted tweet. Eminem asked him to apologise for the comments, given Hailie was a teenager at the time, but Machine Gun Kelly took it to the microphone. “I think my dad’s gone crazy, yeah, Hailie, you right,” he rapped. GROWING UP MATHERS Hailie had a fairly normal life as a teenager, attending Chippewa Valley High School in Clinton Township, Michigan. While there, she was a member of the school’s art club and played volleyball, as well as serving on the student council. She graduated with honours in June 2014 and was crowned Homecoming Queen. Afterwards, Hailie moved on to Michigan State University, where she studied psychology and joined the Zeta Tau Alpha sorority. Eminem was always a hands-on dad, attending every school event even when he became famous. “When they have plays, field trips, all that stuff, I don’t miss them,” he told Rolling Stone. “Even if I gotta deal with the craziness. And the teachers are really good about telling the kids, ‘When Hailie’s dad comes in, he’s Hailie’s dad, Mr Mathers’. Last year I went and read to the class. Two books. It was reading month or something.” Hailie joined Instagram in October 2016 and now boasts more than 1.5 million followers. She is a bona fide Instagram influencer, sharing pictures of her puppies, her outfit choices and her fitness routines. Today, she lives in a four-bedroom house in Detroit, Michigan, minutes from where she grew up in her father’s Clinton Township home. Hailie’s boyfriend who she met at university, Evan McClintock, also lives nearby. Though incredibly private, she has given one brief interview about her father. “We are very close,” she told The Daily Mailin 2018. That’s something Eminem has always worked towards. In an undated television interview, the rapper said his daughter “has been my main, like source of drive and motivation, especially when she was first born and I didn’t have a career, I didn’t have money, I didn’t have a place to live. “She’s always the driving force for me to like stay busy, stay focused, and always been my number one reason for fear of failure,” he added. “I can’t fail … I can’t have her grow up and not be able to say her dad succeeded … Truth is, she’s all I got in this world, like really. If anything ended tomorrow, she’s all that I have.” Hannah-Rose Yee is a freelance writer. Herald recommends

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