Eminem's mom gives her side of the story

November 6, 2008 12:30:25 PM PST
Eminem's mom says she didn't try to be the "most hated mother in America." She just wanted to protect her son.

Debbie Nelson says the now-infamous defamation lawsuit against her son was not her intent. Eminem and his then-wife, Kim, were living in her house as it was about to be repossessed, so she hired a lawyer. The lawyer found out who her son was and filed for defamation.

Nelson says that was bad enough, but then Eminem's label called her and told her, "Keep it going. We're selling records." She says she thought, "This is just too much for me."

Nelson believes her son was facing pressure from his wife and his label, and she says he must have thought saying bad things about his mother would sell. She says she hasn't had much of a relationship with him lately.

Nelson's book, "My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem" is in stores now.


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