SEPARATING FACE FROM FICTION: THE MOST VILIFIED MOTHER IN AMERICA SPEAKS OUT ABOUT HER SON EMINEM
To this day Debbie Nelson is asked why she abandoned her son Marshall as a boy, beat him repeatedly, and then had the audacity to dog him with lawsuits when he became rich and famous. My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem is her rebuttal to these widely believed lies -- a poignant story of a single mother who wanted the world for her son, only to see herself defamed and shut out when he realized her dream.
Debbie Nelson encouraged her talented son to chase success -- even when Eminem hijacked her good name in his lyrics and press for "street cred," notoriety that ultimately spawned bitterness and alienation. In My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem, Debbie Nelson details the real story of Eminem's life from his earliest days in a small town in Missouri through his teenage years in Detroit and continuing on to his rise to stardom and very public mom-bashing.
One of the most embattled celebrity mothers in the U.S. pop culture landscape, first-time author Nelson has suffered repeated insults and accusations from son and rap star Eminem, aka Marshall Mathers, who paints her as a negligent (if not malignant) mother and drug abuser. In this memoir, Nelson tells her side of the story, coming clean with a detailed but defensive account of their complicated mother-son relationship. Beginning with her turbulent marriage to Mathers' father, Bruce, through her 2000 attempt to sue Marshall for defamation (she claims it was just a way to save her home from foreclosure) and their present estrangement, Nelson insists throughout that her only concern is for sons Marshall and Nathan; readers-especially the Eminem fans likely to fill her audience-may think she protests too much. Still, it's easy to believe the theatrical rapper exaggerates, and Nelson's insight-especially into Marshall's relationships with wife Kim and daughter Hailie-attest to an ongoing connection that he and/or the media may have obscured or denied. Though readers may find it hard to reconcile Debbie's claim never to have exploited her son in the pages of a tell-all about him (complete with baby pictures), Nelson's urgent voice sketches a tense but sympathetic portrait of the elusive, mercurial MC.
5 star read
Such a fantastic read, loved hearing Debbie's side of the story,
Great read I thing a lot she saids is true but exaggerated. It would be great to see the two of them reconcile I think he needs that they both do