The tumultuous nuptial saga of former high school sweethearts Eminem and Kimberly Mathers has apparently come to an end.
On Friday, more than a year after a suicide attempt by Kimberly Mathers led to the couple’s initial separation, Macomb County (Michigan) Family Court Judge Donald G. Miller finalized the estranged duo’s divorce agreement, according to court records.
Under the settlement, Eminem, born Marshall Mathers III, has agreed to pay $1,000 a week in child support, less than half of the $2,740 a week recommended by the Macomb County Friend of the Court, a division of the court system that monitors divorce cases.
The couple will share physical and legal custody of their 5-year-old daughter, Hailie Jade.
Eminem’s attorney, Harvey Hauer, told the Detroit Free Press the couple came to an amicable resolution. “It’s always been Marshall’s desire that whatever happened, would happen in the best interest of the child,” Hauer told the paper.
Neither Hauer nor Kimberly’s lawyer, Robert Z. Feldstein, had returned phone calls at press time.
Kimberly and Eminem were married June 14, 1999, in St. Joseph, Missouri. Their troubled marriage was later reflected in the rapper’s lyrics, particularly on The Slim Shady LP’s ” ’97 Bonnie and Clyde,” on which he fantasizes about dumping her body after slitting her throat, and on The Marshall Mathers LP’s “Kim,” on which he imagines an argument that leads to her murder.
Eminem sought a divorce from his wife in August 2000, a month after her attempted suicide the night his Up in Smoke Tour hit nearby Auburn Hills, Michigan.
Kimberly responded to Eminem’s divorce request by suing him for a share of their joint estate and an additional $10 million for the intentional infliction of emotional distress through his songs and onstage performances.
The couple dropped the divorce proceedings in December and announced they would live together with Hailie in their Michigan home (see “Eminem, Wife Reconcile” ).
Then on March 1, Kimberly filed for divorce, 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.