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STERLING HEIGHTS, Mich. Kimberly Mathers, the wife of
rapper Eminem, attempted suicide at
the couple's home on Friday night after attending a concert by her
husband, who had performed as part of the Up in Smoke tour.
A spokesperson for Interscope Records said the 25-year-old Mathers
slashed her wrists.
Emergency and fire-department personnel were called to the scene around
11:30 p.m. Mathers, who was conscious when help arrived, was treated for
her injuries at the scene, according to a press release issued by the
Sterling Heights Police Department.
Mathers was taken to nearby Mt. Clemens General Hospital for evaluation and released on Saturday.
Eminem, 27, was not at home at the time of the incident, although label
representatives for the platinum-selling rapper have issued a statement
on his behalf. The rapper performed over the weekend in Rosemont, Ill.,
"Eminem is obviously concerned about his wife's well-being," the
statement read. "As far as anything else, it's a private matter, which
they'll be addressing privately."
In early June, the couple got into an argument outside a bar in Warren,
Mich., after Eminem saw Mathers kissing another man, whom the
rapper then allegedly attacked. Police arrested Eminem and his
wife, slapping the rapper with felony assault and weapons charges and
citing Mathers for disruption of the peace.
Eminem is due in court on Tuesday (July 11) for a preliminary hearing on
Shortly after the incident, Mathers wrote an open letter to the
Detroit Free Press that seemed to defend her husband and chide
him for having "jumped to conclusions."
The couple's argument at the bar bore eerie similarities to an argument
depicted in the song "Kim" (
excerpt) on Eminem's current album, The Marshall Mathers
LP. Sounding like horror-core hip-hop, the song describes a violent
fight between the couple in which Eminem accuses his wife of cheating.
It has been billed as a prequel to " '97 Bonnie & Clyde," a song on
Eminem's last album, The Slim Shady LP (1999), in which the
rapper details how his alter ego, Slim Shady, kills his wife and
disposes of her body in a lake.
The Marshall Mathers LP has been #1 on the Billboard 200
albums chart for six weeks. It also includes the hit "The Real Slim
On Friday, Eminem appeared in the 44th District Court in Auburn Hills
for a preliminary hearing on weapons-possession charges. These charges
stem from a fight with an employee of the
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David Basham, with additional reporting by Elon Johnson