Despite their tumultuous relationship, Eminem’s mother, Debbie Mathers, made sure to publicly congratulate her son after his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction over the weekend.
Debbie sent Slim Shady a touching message on social media on Monday, even though she wasn’t present at the Microsoft Theater event in Los Angeles on November 7.
“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 said. “I love you very much. I knew you’d get there. It’s been a long ride. I’m very, very proud of you.
“And also I’m very proud of Hailie Jade, my big girl. I want to tell you Hailie, great job on your podcast and God bless you guys. I love you very much.”
As a member of the Rock Hall’s Class of 2022, Eminem was inducted on Saturday night together with Lionel Richie, Terry Lewis, Jimmy Jam, Dolly Parton, and Harry Belafonte. Em’s mentor Dr. Dre performed the induction ceremony, and after that the Detroit rap god took the stage to give his acceptance speech.
In it, he honored more than 100 artists, including LL Cool J, Rakim, Outkast, 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G., and many others.
“One, I’m a rapper; two, I almost died from an overdose; and three, I really had to fight my way through,” he explained. “I’m a high school drop-out with a Hip Hop education.
“They say success has many fathers, and that’s definitely true for me. So whatever my impact has been on Hip-Hop music, I never would have or could have done this shit without some of the groundbreaking artists that I’m about to mention right now.”