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Early childhood

Marshall was born in St. Joseph, Missouri (near Kansas City) to
parents Deborah "Debbie" Mathers-Briggs and Marshall Bruce Mathers II,
and spent most of his childhood moving back and forth between Kansas
City, and suburban Detroit, including Warren. His father had abandoned
the family before Marshall turned two years old, and the two have not
had contact since, save some rejected attempts by Marshall's father to
contact Marshall after his rise to fame. Constantly moving from home
to home, he frequently changed schools, often finding himself to be an
outcast in the new communities, and frequently fell victim to
bullying. An assault by schoolmate DeAngelo Bailey that left Marshall
hospitalized was the most notable such incident, which Marshall would
later recount in greatly exaggerated form on the track "Brain Damage"
(The Slim Shady LP, 1999). The song prompted legal action by the
assailant,[1] with accusations of libel and privacy infringement,
which were eventually dismissed in court.

His childhood was further marred by his family's meager financial
status, which was the primary reason for the continuous moving, during
which Marshall and his mother Debbie would often find themselves
living in public housing, mobile homes, and under the care of
relatives, such as Marshall's great-aunt Edna, whom he mentions in
"Evil Deeds" (''Encore''). During this time, Debbie was legally taking
the prescription drugs Vicodin and Valium, though Marshall later
claimed in numerous interviews and songs that she was abusing the
drugs,[2] to which Debbie retaliated with a lawsuit pressing
defamation charges (see below). In the song "Cleaning Out My Closet"
(The Eminem Show, 2002), Mathers also accuses his mother of having
Munchausen syndrome, adding that "my whole life I was made to believe
I was sick when I wasn't... it makes you sick to your stomach, doesn't
it?". This was not the first time someone had suggested Debbie had the
disorder; a social worker...


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