Eminem, Wife Reach Temporary Divorce Agreement

Rapper will share physical, legal custody of couple's daughter and keep house.

Eminem and Kimberly Mathers will have joint physical and legal custody of their 5-year-old daughter, Hailie Jade, under a temporary divorce agreement the couple worked out last week.

Pending litigation, Eminem will keep their house (worth $450,000, according to the Associated Press), and Kim will receive $475,000 to purchase a new home, said her lawyer, Robert Z. Feldstein.

Harvey Hauer, Eminem's lawyer in the matter, described the proceedings as "not contentious at all" and told the Detroit News, "It was easily arrived at because each person was concerned with the family and concerned with the well-being of their daughter."

But Feldstein said the couple is far from reaching a final settlement, which will involve an appraisal of their extensive holdings.

The agreement appears to put an end to the long and winding marital road for the former high school sweethearts, who were wed June 14, 1999, in St. Joseph, Missouri.

Eminem initially sought a divorce from his wife in August, a month after she attempted suicide at the couple's home in Warren, Michigan, following her husband's set on the Up in Smoke Tour in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Kim responded to Eminem's divorce request by suing him for a share of their joint marital estate and an additional $10 million for the intentional infliction of emotional distress through his songs and onstage performances. Eminem often has used his rocky relationship with Kim as lyrical fodder: In "97' Bonnie & Clyde," from The Slim Shady LP, he fantasizes about dumping Kim's body after slitting her throat, and in "Kim," from The Marshall Mathers LP, he imagines an argument that leads to her murder.

They eventually settled the suit as part of a deal in which Kim retained physical custody of Hailie, while Eminem shared legal custody of the child. In December, the couple agreed to drop the divorce proceedings, and announced that they would live together with Hailie in their Michigan home (see "Eminem, Wife Reconcile").

Kim's lawyers then filed for divorce on March 1 in a Macomb County (Michigan) Circuit Court, citing "a breakdown of the marriage relationship ... and [because] there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved," according to the divorce complaint.

(This report was updated at 9:09 p.m. ET Tuesday, March 20, 2001.)