Eminem has reportedly been suffering from depression after his best friend was shot dead and he divorced wife Kim for the second time. The star’s spokesman told the New York Daily News he was getting better with the help of antidepressants.
According to the newspaper, the rapper slumped into a depression more than two months ago, after his former D12 bandmate Proof was killed by a gunshot wound to the head. He and his wife split again around the same time. But Eminem is now said to be on the mend and emerging from the low patch. “Obviously, he’s grieving,” spokesman Dennis Dennehy told the newspaper. “He is depressed as anyone would be if they lost someone that close. He had announced he was taking time off before this happened. It’s his downtime.”
A source close to the rapper says he has “spiralled into a world of hurt” and is not returning friends’ calls. They revealed: “Marshall’s been crying for days. He’s upset and confused.”
Meanwhile, Kim Mathers – who Eminem is divorcing for a second time just months after retying the knot – has sent a fierce email to America’s Star magazine giving her side of the split. She wrote: “I would just like to say that the reason my husband has filed for divorce still remains a mystery to me. The only thing I can tell you definitely is that Marshall has a problem being honest with me, himself and many others. I have done nothing but try and try with him, but nothing is ever good enough. She added: “I wanted to seek out counselling, but as everyone around Marshall knows, he’s perfect. It’s everyone else that’s f***ed up. “It’s amazing to me how he can talk as much s**t about anyone he wants and people buy it, but the minute someone speaks on him, they are automatically lying or trying to make some money off his name. “Correct me if I am wrong, but I could swear my name is mentioned in quite a few songs that he wrote.”
Proof, a member of rap group D12 and a close friend of Eminem, was shot to death early Tuesday at a nightclub, a publicist said.
The death of Proof – whose real name is Deshaun Holton – was confirmed by Dennis Dennehy, the publicist for D12’s label, Interscope Records.
Family members gathered at a home on Detroit’s northwest side. The residential street in front of the two-storey home was lined with vehicles.
Proof was the best man at Eminem’s wedding in January and often appeared alongside the superstar rapper at concerts and public appearances.
Detroit police wouldn’t confirm that Proof was killed, but said two people were shot in the head – one fatally – early Tuesday at a nightclub on Eight Mile Road.
An argument at the CCC nightclub escalated into gunshots, Detroit police spokesman James Tate said.
Wende Berry, a spokeswoman for St. John Health System, said Holton was dead on arrival at St. John Conner Creek, an outpatient treatment facility. Berry confirmed that he had a gunshot wound.