- 1 Who is Deborah R. Nelson-Mathers?
- 2 Where is she today? Is she still alive?
- 3 Difficult Childhood and Family
- 4 Education and Marriage to Eminem’s Father
- 5 Raising Eminem
- 6 Popularity through Her Son
- 7 Eminem Short Bio
- 8 Deborah R. Nelson-Mathers Net worth
- 9 Personal Life and Relationships
- 10 Mental illness
- 11 Lawsuit against Eminem
- 12 Reconciliation
Who is Deborah R. Nelson-Mathers?
Deborah R. Nelson-Mathers was born on the 6th January 1955, in St Joseph, Missouri USA, so is currently aged 64. She is probably best recognized for being the mother of Marshal Mathers III, a famous rap singer better known by his stage name Eminem. Additionally, she became known as the author of the book entitled “My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem”.
Would you like to know more about Deborah’s career and family? Where is she today? (Is she still alive?) How rich is she, as of now? If you are interested, stay tuned.
Where is she today? Is she still alive?
In 2010, a number of the online media publications stated that Eminem’s mother was dead. However, they were referring not about Deborah, but Edna Swartz, a woman who helped Eminem a lot during his early life, and whom he even often called his real mother. If you wondered where Deborah is today, we can say that she is apparently enjoying her marriage to John Briggs.
Difficult Childhood and Family
Concerning her early life, Deborah is the daughter of Bob Nelson and Betty Kresin; she has two brothers, named Todd and Steven. Her childhood was very difficult as her mother and father separated when she was young Her mother then remarried, but that only meant even more problems for Deborah, as she suffered a lot from her stepfather, who was physically violent towards her, and from her own mother, who tried to commit suicide a couple of times. She also has two step-siblings, named Ronnie Pollinghorn and Betty Renee, with whom she had many problems as well. Her step-brother Ronnie committed suicide, her brother Steven had a stroke, and Todd ended up in prison for killing his brother-in-law. Her step-sister currently works at Eminem’s mansion in Clinton Township as a housekeeper, and where Deborah lives with her husband.
Education and Marriage to Eminem’s Father
Regarding her education, Deborah went to Lancaster High School, where she met her future husband, Marshall Bruce II, so she quit her education to marry him when she was only 15 years old. Three years later at the age of 18, she gave birth to their first child, a son named Marshal Mathers III, who would later become known all over the world as Eminem. Although they were blessed with a child, Eminem’s father decided to leave the family when he was a baby.
Afterwards, Deborah had to work some low paid jobs just to earn enough money to support Eminem and herself. They often moved back and forth from Kansas City to Detroit, most of the time living in very poor conditions. At that time, she even did some illegal things such as false accusations towards organizations and people just to get money from them. Eminem once said that his mother never worked, and that they were living on money given by social organizations.
Popularity through Her Son
As Eminem was gaining popularity in the early 2000s, Deborah wanted a piece of that popularity and wealth for herself. It is well known that they didn’t get along very well since Eminem’searly childhood, as he described their relationship through his songs and was always eager to speak about it. Deborah decided to step out and tell her version of the story, which she did by releasing a CD with three songs, “Dear Marshall”, devoted to her son. Furthermore, she wrote her autobiography entitled “My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem” in 2008, about her life and her problems and misunderstandings with Eminem. Beside that, it also tells her side of the story about the life they had together, alleging that Eminem was telling lies just to gain even more popularity. Nonetheless, she claims that she is not mad at him.
#TBT 2001 – when Eminem's mom Debbie & brother Nathan did an exclusive with me at the height of his popularity
Eminem Short Bio
Marshall Bruce Mathers III was born on the 17th October 1972, and is a successful rap musician, record producer, songwriter, record executive, actor and film producer. He is considered to be one of the most influential musicians in the history of rap, winning 15 Grammy Awards having released nine studio albums and selling 47 million copies, adding a considerable amount to his net worth. Some of his most popular albums are “The Marshall Mathers LP” (2000), “The Eminem Show” (2002), “Encore” (2004), “Relapse” (2009), and “Recover” (2010),. In some songs he mentioned his mother, saying a lot of bad things about her, which led to an even worse disruption of their relationship. He has developed an alter ego named Slim Shady, and uses it in his dark and violent songs that have a comic twist.
Deborah R. Nelson-Mathers Net worth
Even though she had such difficult life and has no high education, Deborah managed to accumulate a decent amount of money, mostly through Eminem’s popularity. So, if you ever wondered how rich Deborah R. Nelson-Mathers is, it has been estimated by authoritative sources that the total size of her net worth is over $700,000. On the other hand, her son Eminem has an estimated net worth of nearly $190 million.
Personal Life and Relationships
Talking about her personal life, after marriage to Eminem’s father, Deborah married Berger Olsen Au Gres, however, that didn’t last long due to her mental illness, which caused a lot of problems in their relationship, so they decided to move down separate paths. She then met Fred Samara, Jr., with whom she welcomed a son named Nathan Kane Samara in 1986. An interesting fact about him is that he is also rapper, and is in good relations with his step-brother Eminem, and they’ve even worked together. Unfortunately, Deborah and Fred also broke up, though the reasons for that have not been revealed, although there are rumors that the main reason is again her mental illness. She later had few more relationships, and is now married to John Briggs. Moreover, Deborah now has three grandchildren.
All of Deborah’s problems in her early childhood reflected on her mental health. She suffers from Munchausen syndrome, which is a type of mental illness in which a person repeatedly acts as if she has a physical or mental disorder, and is manifested as a constant need for attention and sympathy from others. This illness was the main reason she was abusive towards Eminem, and her other son Nathan.
Lawsuit against Eminem
As Eminem started speaking about her all in the worst terms in his songs, and interviews with the media, Deborah decided to file a lawsuit against him for $10 million, claiming that everything he said about her was a lie, and that most of his lyrics were not written by him, but by the people that he works with. However, she profited little with the accusations, receiving only $1,600.
At the time she was diagnosed with breast cancer, things between her and Eminem calmed down and the two reconciled. Moreover, his song entitled “Headlights” was written as an apology to her and he also said in the song that he will always love her just the way she is. Right now there is still some tension and some sort of awkwardness in their relationship, but both of them say that they love and respect each other.