Eminem’s Mother: Where Is Debbie Mathers Now?

Debbie Mathers, the mother of Eminem, has been out of the public eye for many years. So, where is she now? According to recent reports, Debbie is living in a small town in St. Joseph, where she runs a bakery and a taxi service company. She is said to be friendly with her neighbors and attends local events. While she has not given any interviews in recent years, Debbie did speak to Rolling Stone in 2000 about her relationship with her son. “I would like to see him more, but he’s so busy,” she said. “I’m proud of what he’s accomplished.”

Keep reading to know more about Debbie Mathers’ whereabouts, including details of her relationship with Eminem

  • Birth date: 10th October 1955
  • Age: 68 years old (as of 2023)
  • Nationality: American
  • Height: 5 ft 3 in (1.60m)
  • Weight: 121 lbs (55 Kg)
  • Body measurements: 35-26-36 inches
  • Eye colour: Hazel
  • Hair colour: Blonde
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DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER, 2005: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Eminem’s mother Debbie Mathers during a portrait session outside her house in September, 2005 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Mark Weiss/Getty Images)

Is Debbie Mathers Dead?

Debbie Mathers, the mother of Eminem, is not dead. She is currently alive and well. She was previously rumored to have died of Breast cancer in 2010, but it was later confirmed that it was Eminem’s great aunt, Edna Swartz who died. 

How Old Is Eminem’s Mother Debbie Mathers?

Eminem’s mother, Debbie Mathers, is now 68 years old. She was born on October 10, 1955 in Auburn Hills, Michigan. She is of English and German descent. Debbie had a difficult childhood; she was raised by alcoholic parents who often fought with each other. As a result, Debbie developed anxiety and depression. She attempted to self-medicate with drugs and alcohol, but this only made her mental health problems worse. In the early 1980s, Debbie met Eminem’s father, Marshall Mathers Jr., and they soon got married. They had a tumultuous relationship and eventually divorced in 2001. Since then, Debbie has largely stayed out of the public eye. She married a man named John Briggs in 1998, and now has three grandchildren. 

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Where Is Debbie Mathers Now?

According to public records, Debbie Mathers currently lives in St. Joseph, Missouri, where she runs a classic cab and limousine company. Despite her breast cancer diagnosis, Eminem’s mom today is still alive. 

Eminem And Debbie Mathers Relationship 

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Young Marshall Mathers III and his mother Debbie Nelson Mathers (Image courtesy: My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem)

Debbie Mathers gave birth to Eminem in Kansas City when she was just 18-years-old. The rapper had a perturbed childhood and was often at loggerheads with his mother due to the absence of his father, Marshall Bruce Mathers Jr., who abandoned them not long after Eminem was born. Debbie battled with addiction and it affected her relationship with Eminem (born Marshall Bruce Mathers III) who would go on to rap about it on his songs. 

On “My Name Is,” the opening track of his 1999 album The Slim Shady LP. Eminem claimed his mother did “more dope than” he did: “I told her I’d grow up to be a famous rapper / Make a record about doin’ drugs and name it after her.”

Debbie responded to her son’s allegations by suing him for $11 million, claiming defamation of character. Debbie was awarded a $25,000 settlement in 2001, but $23,354.25 of that went to her attorney.

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DETROIT, MI – SEPTEMBER, 2005: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Eminem’s mother Debbie Mathers during a portrait session outside her house in September, 2005 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Mark Weiss/Getty Images)

Though Eminem continued to have harsh words for his mother. He acknowledged her abusive behaviors towards him were a result of her Munchausen syndrome— a disorder in which a caregiver makes up an illness or injury in a person under their care.

“Now I would never diss my own momma just to get recognition. Take a second to listen for who you think this record is dissing but put yourself in my position. Just try to envision witnessing your momma popping prescription pills in the kitchen, B——- that someone’s always going through her purse and s—- missing, going through public housing systems, victim of Munchhausen’s Syndrome. My whole life I was made to believe I was sick when I wasn’t ‘til I grew up, now I blew up. It makes you sick to ya stomach. Doesn’t it?”

Eminem Makes Peace With Debbie Mathers

With time Eminem was able to understand his mother’s actions, and was a bit more sympathetic towards her. He officially made pace with Debbie in a 2013 music video for “Headlights” and switched the blame to his absentee father. He apologized to his mother and questioned if he had taken his resentment “too far.”

“But I’m sorry mama for ‘Cleanin’ Out My Closet,’ at the time I was angry,” Eminem wrote in the song. He later adds, “I don’t hate you ’cause, Ma
You’re still beautiful to me, ’cause you’re my Ma.”

While their relationship still remains complicated, Debbie congratulated Eminem after he was inducted into the 2022 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

‘Marshall, I want to say, I could not let this day go by without congratulating you on your induction into the Hall of Fame.’ 

She continued: ‘I love you very much. I knew you’d get there. It’s been a long ride. I’m very, very proud of you.’

FAQ

Is Eminem’s Mom Alive?

Eminem’s mom is still very much alive. In 2022 Debbie resurfaced to congratulate Eminem on his Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame induction.

What Is Eminem’s Mom Name?

Eminem’s mom’s full name is Deborah Nelson

How Old Was Debbie Mathers When She Gave Birth To Eminem?

Debbie Mathers gave birth to Eminem in Kansas City when she was just 18-years-old.

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