Where Is Eminem These Days?

Remember when Marshall Mathers was inescapable? From his feud with Christina Aguilera to his turbulent relationship with ex-wife Kim Mathers, Eminem was everywhere for years, but then he seemed to quiet down. With the exception of an appearance onstage with Drake in August 2016, Slim Shady was seldom seen. Well, guess who's back?

Eminem absolutely unleashed on the President of the United States at the BET Hip Hop Awards on Oct. 10, 2017. CNN called his 4.5-minute freestyle rap "perhaps the fiercest and the most exhaustive attack against Donald Trump in hip-hop." The diatribe instantly thrust the Detroit native back into the spotlight. As we break down his latest rhymes and brace for an upcoming album, let's also take a closer look at what Eminem has been up to in recent years.

He's not big on fan interactions

Eminem has never been a fan of being in the public eye, so he tries to avoid it as much as he can, especially when he's just trying to go about his life in a semi-normal way.

He says as much in his own lyrics, like in "So Far...," when he spits, "This always happens / Thirty minutes from home gotta lay a log cabin, only option I have's McDonalds' bathroom / In a public stall droppin' a football so every time someone walks in the John I get Maddened / 'Shady what up,' what? come on man I'm crappin' / And you're askin' for my goddamn autograph on a napkin."

That doesn't mean Em doesn't appreciate his fans. The Daily Echo reported that Eminem reached out to a 10-year-old fan with prosthetic legs and sent him gifts after photos of the child went viral, and according to TMZ, Eminem granted a cancer-stricken fan's last wish with a top-secret visit before the fan's death. It seems the rapper just wants his interactions with fans to be on his own terms, probably because of "Stan" types.

He's still dealing with family drama

Just about everyone on the planet is familiar with Eminem's relationship with his ex-wife, Kim Mathers, which was tumultuous at best. Kim's mom told Radar Online in November 2013, "They get along better than ever. He's building her a new house...[Kim] has been clean all these years, she just takes care of her family...I think they might [get back together.]"

Unfortunately, tough times struck again in January 2015 when Kim's twin sister, Dawn Marie Scott, died of a drug overdose. That October, Kim was busted for DUI after crashing her car, later revealing that it was a suicide attempt. She told Mojo in the Morning, "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...I apologized immensely. I did not expect to even make it through that. I told [first responders] that I tried to do this on purpose, and I'm so sorry."

Despite their struggles, Kim says Eminem has been a model dad and a great co-parent. "He's been real supportive," she told the Daily Mail. "We're really close friends. We're just trying to raise our kids together and make it as normal for them as possible."

He's protective of his daughter

Eminem may be keeping a low profile for the sake of his daughter, Hailie Jade Mathers, who seems to be deliberately leading a relatively showbiz-free life and only dabbling in social media. The Daily Star reports that Hailie is studying psychology at Michigan State University.

The less publicity Eminem gets, the less drama Hailie has to deal with too, and the rapper has been sensitive to that in the past. When Hailie won the title of Homecoming Queen during her senior year, her mother was at her side watching on the field while her megastar father reportedly watched from inside the school, so as not to take away from Hailie's moment.

Mariah Carey humiliated him

High-profile hookups in his past may have taught Eminem to keep his private life private. Actress Brittany Murphy told TRL he broke her heart "into about a zillion pieces" after they dated while filming 8 Mile (2002), but it was his rumored relationship with Mariah Carey that really generated negative attention for both parties.

According to Complex, Carey downplayed any contact she ever had with Eminem, while the rapper insisted they had a relationship for about six months. He was reportedly furious that Carey wouldn't confirm their romance. That resulted in a lot of hateful lyrics. Eminem called the "Infinity" singer nearly every derogatory name in the book and detailed intimate encounters that she denied. He even released voicemails allegedly from Carey, which her camp claims were the work of an imposter, and he continued his feud with the songstress and her then-beau Nick Cannon in the song "Bagpipes From Baghdad." She shaded him in her "Obsessed" song and video, and he didn't take too kindly to it, releasing the brutal "Warning" track, which essentially proved Carey's point.

His lack of filter attracts trouble

Back in the day, Eminem's trolling lyrics that slut-shamed Christina Aguilera and described murdering his ex-wife were edgy, groundbreaking, and, while somewhat unsettling, also an extraordinary display of his creativity and skill as a writer. Lately? His lyrical threats to rape Iggy Azalea and punch Lana Del Rey (which he connected to the real-life abuse Janay Rice suffered at the hands of Ray Rice) have fallen flat, barely making a blip on anyone's radar beyond just annoying Azalea and earning a diss from Azealia Banks in Del Rey's defense.

Eminem's use of homophobic slurs has also been eyed more critically in recent years, specifically in 2013's "Rap God." The emcee said he finds political correctness frustrating, telling Rolling Stone, "It goes back to that battle...of wanting to feel free to say what I want to say, and then [worrying about] what may or may not affect people. And, not saying it's wrong or it's right, but at this point in my career—man, I say so much s**t that's tongue-in-cheek. I poke fun at other people, myself. But the real me sitting here right now talking to you has no issues with gay, straight, transgender, at all. I'm glad we live in a time where it's really starting to feel like people can live their lives and express themselves. And I don't know how else to say this, I still look at myself the same way that I did when I was battling and broke."

His TV appearances are often awkward

Live TV makes Eminem nervous. Take his bizarre September 2013 ESPN appearance, in which a spaced out Em became an instant meme. In the segment, he admits he is "uncomfortable," but he later told Rolling Stone it was a deliberate, trolling move. "I knew we were about to show the 'Berzerk' video, so I was doing what I call the Berzerk face," he said. "The whole song to me feels like vintage Beastie Boys. And you know the 'Pass the Mic' video where Ad-Rock is making that face, kind of not looking the camera? I was doing my own version."

In November 2013, Eminem delivered an awkward performance on live TV again, this time on Saturday Night Live. He was accused of lip-syncing and faced heavy criticism from fans and the press. His rep told E! News, "[Eminem] was not lip-syncing...[he] doubles his vocals live. Rhymes over a vocal track. He only does it sporadically through the songs. They're accent tracks."

He's trying to stay healthy

Eminem may prefer to fly under the radar because, at the height of his popularity, he struggled with addiction and weight gain. Keeping to himself allows him to focus on his wellness, as he explained to Men's Journal. "In 2009, I overdosed on pills, and I went into the hospital. I was close to 230 pounds. I'm not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas," he said. "The coating on the Vicodin and the Valium I'd been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid a stomachache, I was constantly eating—and eating badly."

"When I got out of rehab, I needed to lose weight, but I also needed to figure out a way to function sober," he continued. "I became a f—ing hamster. Seventeen miles a day on a treadmill...I guess I'm pretty compulsive working out. I feel like if I step away from it for too long, if I have a crazy week and take a five-day break, it'll be like starting over," he admitted. "I'm afraid that if it goes beyond that, I might lose the motivation. Once you're at a place where you've made progress and you've got some time invested in it, you don't wanna quit and give up what you started."

He's taking on the president

At the BET Hip Hop Awards on Oct. 10, 2017, Eminem drew a line in the sand, challenging his fans to choose a side—him or Trump. "You're either for or against," he spit, "and if you can't decide who you like more and you're split on who you should stand beside, I'll do it for it for you with this. F**k you."

In the freestyle release called "The Storm," Em accused the president of distracting, misguiding, and corrupting the nation. "The rapper decried Trump's comments following the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, questioned the President's own patriotism following his attacks on athletes and Sen. John McCain, and in closing, issued a passionate tribute to Colin Kaepernick," reported CNN.

Eminem hasn't released an album of new music since 2013, but rumor has it an album could drop by the end of 2017. As NPR put it, after his razor-sharp tirade at the BET awards, "Woke Em is all the rage."