When it comes to family, Deborah R. Nelson doesn’t have the best of luck. Abused by her stepfather at a very young age, Deborah has most of her family members to suicide and prison. And even though she now leads a somewhat happy life, she continues to be estranged from her son, Marshall Mathers. Deborah is the birth mother of Eminem, who helped him and his ex-wife, Kimberly Scott during their early years. While Deborah was popular during the late 1990s for several reasons, she has now taken a backseat. In this article, we take a closer look at the life of Deborah R. Nelson.
Deborah R. Nelson-Mathers was born on the 6th of January 1955, in St Joseph, Missouri. Born to Bob Nelson and Betty Kresin, Deborah didn’t have the best of childhoods. She had two brothers, Todd and Steven, of whom, Todd was sentenced to prison for killing his brother-in-law and Steven passed away due to a stroke.
Her parents divorced when she was young and her mother re-married. The re-marriage didn’t work in the favor of Deborah who was physically and verbally abused by her stepfather. Her stepfather was abusive to the point that her mother tried to commit suicide a couple of times. Deborah has two step-siblings, Ronnie Pollinghorn and Betty Renee, of whom, Ronnie committed suicide and Betty works at Eminem’s mansion in Clinton Township as a housekeeper.
Education and Marriage:
Deborah went to Lancaster High School and met Marshall Bruce II. The pair began dating soon after and Deborah quit her studies at just 15 years of age. Three years later, the pair had their first child, Marshall Mathers III. However, following the birth of Eminem, his father left them and Deborah had to raise him on her own.
Over the years, Deborah had to work several low-paid jobs just to support herself and Eminem. The pair often moved back and forth from Kansas City to Detroit in search of better living conditions.
A troubled relationship:
While Deborah claimed that she worked several odd jobs just to make ends meet, Eminem has a different opinion. He often criticized her mother claiming that she would try and get money from social organizations illegally. As a result, Eminem and Deborah could never see eye to eye and the debate would often result in Eminem getting kicked out of the house. But what he couldn’t find in his mother, Eminem found in his great aunt, Aunt Edna Swartz. He has often credited his late Aunt Edna for raising him. But contrary to Eminem’s opinion, his grandmother Betty Kresin revealed that while Edna did help Deborah raise Eminem, it was Deborah who did the hard work.
“When Marshall was a young boy, he would be dropped off at Edna’s house from time to time by Debbie. But for him to say that she raised him is totally wrong. I don’t know why he feels that way.”
A piece of her son’s fortune:
Back in 1999, Deborah sued Eminem demanding 10 million dollars for her name being slandered in his songs, and his interviews, in addition to falsely accusing her of abusing illegal substances. But Deborah denied the claims, explaining that Eminem was raised just fine.
“He was spoiled rotten. Anything he wanted, I made sure that I’d take my last dime and get it for him. I mean he was my only child for fourteen years.”
Even though Eminem and Deborah shared a troubled relationship, the pair patched up things at a later date. After Deborah was diagnosed with breast cancer, Eminem forgave his mother and even apologized to her. As of now, Deborah is happily married to her husband John Briggs.