Back in the noughties, when Eminem dropped “Hailie’s Song” and “Mockingbird,” the world realized Marshall Mathers was crazy about his young daughter.
Hailie Jade Scott Mathers was born on December 25, 1995, four years before her father and his then girlfriend Kimberly Anne Scott got married. Eminem met Kim when he was 15, and after leaving school, they moved in with his mother. Eight years later, they had Hailie.
Nicknamed 'Hai Hai,' Hailie was born into a loving family, and despite his notorious stage performances and lyrical output, Eminem adored her. She has always praised both her parents for the sort of upbringing she had. Only recently, she gave a heartfelt tribute to them when she said they were most influential during her lifetime.
As a consequence, Hailie has grown up an accomplished and stable woman. At school, she was, according to eonline.com, “a keen member of the National Honor Society, the Art Club, the Key Club and Student Council and also played volleyball.” She was also awarded academically with the Academic Excellence Award and the Department of Psychology Award.
After graduating from high school with honors, she's now studying at Michigan State University and reportedly pursuing a degree in either psychology or entrepreneurship, according to zine Movie Pilot. Although not someone who craves the limelight, when she's snapped on occasion, she shows herself to be the beauty and brains of the Mathers family.
However, one or two of the more candid photos of her give us a little hint into her fun-loving side. Here are 15 pics that we think Eminem would like us to forget about.
15 Birthday Girl
Reportedly telling Rolling Stone magazine in 2002 that he would rather have a baby through his penis than get married again, we’re sure Eminem wouldn’t really have regretted the fruits of his labor. Hailie Jade is his world, and he protects her with his life. Having turned 21 recently, Hailie was seen out celebrating with her boyfriend and looking every bit the glamorous woman she is.
This picture of her sipping champagne hit the press after being posted on Instagram. She rocked in a House of CB outfit that left little to the imagination. With a sense of bondage about the dress and toe lattice ankle boots, it’s a wonder that Eminem didn’t feel the need to come down to the venue and put a shawl over her. Nevertheless, it’s obvious Hailie is happy with the way things are turning out.
Hailie grew up with Alaina Mathers, her cousin who was adopted by Marshall Mathers after Alaina’s parents were unable to take care of her. Now 24, Alaina and Hailie are still as close as blood siblings, and it’s clear her “father” is crazy about the pair. In 2005, talking about Alaina, he said, “I'm in love with that girl, man. She's so sweet and funny.”
He may have the image of a streetwise and tough hip-hop rebel, but it’s not the case behind closed doors. Famously, he has the reputation among his extended family of being a devoted father with all of his children’s best interests at heart. He's “committed to raising his three daughters and half-brother under the best circumstances possible,” according to earnthenecklace.com. Although we reckon this picture of Hailie may disappoint the rap star just a tad!
Admittedly, Eminem and Kim weren’t always the perfect parents, but who are? At least they did everything they could to give Hailie a great start in life. In her high school yearbook after graduating from Chippewa Valley High School, she noted the most important people in her life as her mom and dad, writing, “because they have pushed me to be the person I am and have given me all the support to achieve what I have.”
Pop experts reckon that 50% of Slim Shady's songs written shortly after Hailie’s birth are about his daughter. But even if just one was dedicated to her, it shows the strength of the feelings Eminem had at the time, and we can only assume Kim felt as strongly, despite her own demons. We think this picture from Twitter might raise a few eyebrows in the Mathers crib, though, showing Hailie and a friend enjoying some alcohol and getting friendly.
Hailie has an eye for visual arts, although apparently, also an eye for a colorful pair of panties. Eminem must have wondered if all his efforts had gone to waste when this picture came up on Instagram. But she could be excused for letting her hair down once in a while; after all, it must be hard work being the star pupil.
Not taking up her dad’s musical talent, Hailie does, however, have an artsy side. While at school, the now-21-year-old was in Art Club and by all accounts, was heavily into visual arts. Although now studying hard at Michigan State, she’s unlikely to produce anything artsy for the next few years. In addition to being a smart girl, she was also well liked at her school and was crowned Homecoming Queen back in 2013. According to the Macomb Daily News, Hailie was crowned during a high school football game.
Pictures like this might just stir Eminem to have a few choice words with his daughter. This one was posted up to Twitter by a friend of Hailie’s. The “Lose Yourself” rapper wants his little girl to stay young forever, just as she was in the 1999 music video for “Mockingbird.” But it doesn’t happen like that, so maybe Eminem is taking out his frustrations in other ways.
“No Favors” by Big Sean features Eminem taking a pop at a certain POTUS, calling him a particularly derogatory term. The album “I Decided,” which included the single, was immediately a huge hit, although possibly not with the White House. So, while he may be a big softie at home, he definitely hasn’t lost his abrasive touch with the music industry. In terms of his artistic temperament, it’s the same as it ever was: “ruthless, gutsy, and packed with a mean punch” as hollywoodlife.com put it.
She’s a clever girl. Despite being raised in a household where money was no object, Hailie’s mom and dad wanted her to enjoy a normal life away from the pressures of living under constant public scrutiny. She was even sent to a public school near Detroit – Chippewa Valley High School – for her schooling, rather than a private establishment. In that way, she could study in relative obscurity and away from prying eyes.
Hailie was, in fact, an A+ pupil and was awarded the school’s prestigious Summa Cum Laude status for her achievements and attendance. Eventually graduating with honors, she faces a promising future away from the mainstream entertainment industry. But that’s not to say that she couldn’t delve into that environment if she wanted to. Her natural beauty would surely be an asset to fashion houses looking for their next model. How Marshall would feel about that is another matter.
Not wanting to upstage Hailie when it came to his daughter’s homecoming parade, Eminem played a low profile. The staff and pupils of Chippewa Valley High School were aware of who Hailie’s parents were, but on the whole, they respected her privacy and through that, she was able to maintain a certain level of anonymity. When it came to events involving parents, both Eminem and Kim were always careful not to cause too much fuss.
When she graduated high school in 2014, Kim was in attendance, but Eminem didn't mix with the rest of the crowd. He watched the homecoming from the safety of the school cafeteria. As one parent explained, “Hailie came out with her mother Kim [Scott] when she was introduced with all the other kids, but her father watched from inside the school because he didn't want to cause a scene — he wanted Hailie to have her own moment.”
8 Dad’s Love
Previously quoted as saying, "My daughter comes first, no matter what” pictures like this must be hard for Eminem to find. Hailie is shown here in all her beauty, but it’s only natural for a dad to feel as though his daughter is still his little girl. That’s not to say that his devotion to her now is misguided. In fact, it’s admirable, and Hailie appreciates it no end.
“Hailie has been my main source of drive, a motivation, especially when she was first born and I didn't have a career, I didn't have money, I didn't have a place to live, so I think that really kicked me in the arse harder than anything.” Ah, a father’s love for his daughter is always very special, and we get the feeling that Eminem owes his career to Hailie’s arrival – a life-changing event in every way.
Word is that Hailie Jade Scott Mathers is grounded in reality, and for the child of a rap star, that’s probably a rare thing. But it doesn’t stop her from having a good time and getting papped in the process. Having said that, there aren’t many examples of her being photographed in compromising positions, which can probably be attributed to her upbringing; with such a close bond with her mother and father, she was, no doubt, respectful of their views on such naughtiness as drugs and boys.
But for a man quoted recently as saying that he would much rather see Hailie in “sweatpants and a ponytail,” we think this recent Instagram picture will raise Em's eyebrows. “He wants to protect her,” said a source close to the family last year, “so he gets nervous when she goes out in short dresses and heels.” But my goodness! When she wears short dresses and heels, she looks every bit the beautiful woman. Whoops! Sorry, Marshall.
6 Low Key
Hailie is keeping a low profile these days. Currently studying at Michigan State in East Lansing, Michigan, we can only imagine she's the epitome of the model student –conscientious yet playful, sparing time for her own interests and loves. It was all part of what her father and mother wanted to do with her in the first place, which makes us wonder what their reaction to this picture would be!
She has in the region of 160,000 followers on Instagram, but even this is a paltry figure when compared to the 102.1 million followers of Kim Kardashian. But then, what’s important to Hailie isn't fame and notoriety. When she was pictured with her boyfriend at her 21st birthday party earlier this year, she captioned the picture, "Couldn't have asked for a better 21st birthday celebration (or a better guy to have by my side)."
5 Family Resemblance
Hailie bears a similarity with her mother. Fortunately, just in looks; she doesn’t share her mom’s love of illegal substances. Kim Scott married Eminem twice – first in 1999 and then again in 2006 – and while the turmoil marriage and divorce couldn’t have been easy for little Hailie and her siblings, it doesn’t seem to have rubbed off on the 21-year-old. Eminem’s musical dedications to her may have helped.
Kim has had a few run-ins with the law since her first split from Eminem. She was charged with cocaine possession in 2003 but has since recovered and, this year, was reported to have finished her rehab. What Eminem thinks of Hailie’s own blossoming into womanhood is anyone’s guess, but as her father, he probably wouldn’t have approved of the pouting goddess in this picture from Paparazzi Jamaica.
4 Twitter “Feud”
Back in 2012, a fake Twitter account said to be under Hailie’s name started trolling singer Taylor Swift. While the singer was dating One Direction’s Harry Styles, the account holder tweeted: “Dear @taylorswift13, please stop whoring around with every guy you see. We all know you're only doing it so you can make another album," the tweet raged, adding, "I am never, ever, everrrrr, listening to your music againnnn @taylorswift13. LIKE EVER.”
Eminem showed the world how protective he still was over his daughter and informed E! that the Twitter account was fake. “I’m a father first before anything … I’m a father before I’m a rapper. So, you know, my daughter comes first no matter what,” the 8 Mile star said. “If there’s [sic] important things going on in her life that I need to be there for, then I’ll drop what I’m doing.” That leads us to wonder what he must think of photos of Hailie looking this hot even then.
3 Rapper Genes
The question on people’s lips is naturally whether Hailie can rap like her father. We’ve already found out that she wasn’t particularly musical, but does she have the skill to spit abrasive lyrics like her pops? The answer, sadly, is no. But what she can’t do, she makes up for in other ways. These pictures of her are model material, and it makes us wonder if Eminem wishes she could just rap rather than appear in international magazines looking stunning.
But we also think he’s just happy she’s making a name for herself in other ways. And Hailie is set to become a success in whatever she chooses to do, whether that's being a psychologist, a business woman, or even a model. Protective dad or not, Eminem has certainly given her a head start in life. And Hailie knows whom to thank for her happiness.
2 World Record
According to The List, Hailie’s name was added to the Guinness World Records as the “Youngest R&B chart entrant” back in 2002. Visiting the studio with her dad, Hailie watched him drop some tracks, only this time around, she inadvertently helped him out.
"That's my little girl; you know she's goofy, too," Eminem said during a 2002 interview. "One day, we were in the studio doing a song, and she was like 'Somebody help me; I think my dad's gone crazy.' I said, 'Hailie what did you say?' She said it again and then said, 'Daddy, I want to do it on the mic.' I said, 'OK.' I got her in the booth.” The line stuck and became the hook for My Dad's Gone Crazy. Another great day at the office. But can he believe that she’s grown up into this long-nailed beauty?
It might always have been a problem for Hailie to shine in the shadow of her father’s greatness. But the respect and support that her parents gave her were second to none. In doing so, they created a woman who has both feet on the ground, is respectful of others, and enjoys life to the fullest. What’s not to like? We say, well done them for bringing up such a beauty. And this picture may be a sign of just how close she and her father are!
Hollywood Life reminded us of every parent’s fears and protectiveness when they reported on Hailie’s choice of clothes and hot looks. But in truth, being protective is only a natural byproduct of being a parent. We’re sure that if Eminem could bury pictures of his daughter looking every bit the alluring hottie she is, he would, but with the internet the way it is, he’s just going to have to suck it up.
Sources: eonline.com, dailymail.co.uk, digitalspy.com
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