Eminem’s Ex-Wife Kim Mathers: I Attempted Suicide by Drunk Driving

Kim Mathers and Eminem
Eminem with Kim Mathers. Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images

Eminem’s ex-wife, Kim Mathers, revealed during a call to the Detroit radio show “Mojo in the Morning” on Wednesday, May 4, that her drunk driving accident in October 2015 was actually a suicide attempt.

According to the Detroit News, Mathers' black Escalade flipped after she ran into a ditch and hit a pole in Macomb County, Michigan, and police reports say she told first responders that she had drank a fifth of Malibu rum before getting behind the wheel. The court records were sealed, which left many to wonder if she was receiving preferential treatment for her fame, so Mathers, 41, called into the radio station to clear up the rumors surrounding her DUI.

"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,” she said. "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. I never lied to them. I told them everything that I did.” 

When asked by the hosts, she clarified that she was trying to take her own life. “That’s why those records were sealed. There was medical information in there. It had nothing to do with the rest of the case … After I realized how much drama it was causing, I willingly unsealed the files so that everybody can know my personal business, yet again,” she said.


Mathers also revealed that she’s getting help now. Although she “was starting to do better,” the January 2016 death of her twin sister, Dawn Scott, was a setback. Now, she says that her kids and Eminem (real name Marshall Mathers) have been helping her through the difficult time. 

“He’s been real supportive,” she said of Marshall. “We’re really close friends. We’re just trying to raise our kids together and make it as normal for them as possible.”

Kim and Marshall share daughter Hailie, 20, and Kim’s daughter from another relationship, Whitney, 14. They also adopted Dawn’s daughter, Alaina, now 23. The on-again, off-again couple married in 1999, but split in 2001. They briefly remarried in 2006 but separated again later that year. 

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