Eminem made a rare public appearance for Dre at WSJ Innovator awards

These are photos of Eminem in an unusual public moment. We don’t see Em too often unless he’s rapping onstage. Even then, he’s often cloaked in a hoodie like when he toured with Rihanna this summer. This was different though. Em was speaking in support of Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine at the Wall Street Journal’s Innovator Of The Year awards.

It takes a lot to pull Eminem out of Detroit; he has to think something’s really special to leave his three daughters and voluntarily fly to NYC. He’ll do that for Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine though. These two discovered him. The official story goes that Dre never, ever found anything in a demo tape until Jimmy (CEO of Interscope) played Em’s tape. Dre was so impressed that he simply declared, “Find him.” Em had looked up to Dre since the early days of N.W.A. Their first meeting was nearly 15 years ago. Em’s seventh album, The Marshal Mathers LP, was one of only a few smashes in 2013. Em scored the 2nd biggest debut on the Billboard charts behind Justin Timberlake (and his douchey record).

Em made light of his reclusive nature onstage. In this Instagram video, Em said, “Dre and Jimmy are like a force of nature. As an example of how powerful they are, they had me fly here all the way from Detroit to speak publicly, and I really hate public speaking.” Funny how someone as controversial as Eminem, who can tear it up onstage, dislikes public speaking so much. Em has been though a lot. He’s 42 now! He’s battled many demons including prescription drug addiction and overexercising syndrome. We probably won’t see him again until it’s time to promote another record. That’s the way he rolls.

Just for kicks, here’s a picture of Eminem at the 2004 EMAs. Look at that babyface!


Photos courtesy of Getty & WENN

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  1. Lauren says:

    Guess he didn’t forget about Dre! Ba dum bum *rim shot*

  2. don't kill me i'm french says:

    I see he’s always anorexic sadly

    • Josephine says:

      He does not look anorexic to me. He looks like a runner, and at 42, the face doesn’t have as much fat as in the younger years.

      • J.Mo says:

        Is he a runner? He looks lean and he looks my age, which he is.

      • Josephine says:

        Not sure J.Mo. He just has that look. Many men in my friendship group are big runners, and the guys in their 40s all look a lot look him. Lean, as you mentioned. He did have a stage where he was exercising a ton, which is what made me think of it.

    • Betty says:

      Didn’t he gain a bunch of weight a few years ago? Maybe that was when he was in treatment. I don’t know if he looks anorexic, but his face looks somewhat narrow and hardened for a person his age.

    • hip says:

      he looks ill.

  3. Venuslotus says:

    Dre’s suit is uber tight.

  4. paola says:

    He looks seriously ill.

  5. Jen says:

    Getting fat and then super skinny again so fast really messed up his face.

  6. Gina says:

    I love Marshall Mathers. When I’m all bent out of shape, I blast Lose Yourself and see the light again. Teamed up with Miss Rihanna, they can’t be stopped!

  7. SuperStef says:

    Saw him live this summer at the Squamish Music Festival. Took my step kids and hubby on his birthday. Eminem was awesome! He rocked it out and put on a great show! 40K turnout as he hasn’t been to the Vancouver area in over 10 years. Apparently, Canada wouldn’t let him in.

    Glad to see him out and about. Didn’t realize he had 3 girls, thought he just had 1. Are they all with Kim?

    • sally says:

      He has hayley with Kim but he adopted a friends or another relative’s two girls as well. The other two arent biologically his or kim’s.

    • mint says:

      He has Hailee with Kim and then he adopted Alaina, the daughter of Kims sister, and Whitney, Kims daughter from another relationship.

      • SuperStef says:

        Wow, I didn’t know that about him. Very cool! He seems to have a good heart,n despite all his angry music over the years.

      • Charlie says:

        I think he also has/had custody of his little brother because his mother wasn’t capable of raising him.

      • Virgilia Coriolanus says:

        That’s one of the reasons that despite everything (his homophobic and misogynist lyrics), I’ve always loved Eminem. You can tell a lot about a person the way they treat their kids–or kids that aren’t technically theirs. I think he has a really good heart.

  8. Rusty machine says:

    I don’t think he’s looking anorexic. I think he looks pretty good considering how much he has put his body through. Looks his age–ok fine. What’s wrong with that?

    • Beth says:

      He is a decent guy. Nice smile. I like him.

    • Tifygodess24 says:

      DM has based an article on just how he looks and all I could think of was – well he’s not in his 20s anymore people. Age happens and not everyone is going to age as well or the same way especially if they put their body through h3ll when they were younger. Articles like the DMs are the reason people are ashamed to get old. I just hope he’s healthy. Many times addicts just replace one addiction for another and take it to extremes even if its just a healthy habit like diet and exercise.

      • Macey says:


        That article was so cruel. You can tell its the heavy make up that is making him look older than he his. Honestly it looks like a Kardashian applied it. You can see other recent pics from his summer tour and he doesn’t look anything like that. I think the make up, blonde hair and beanie is just not a good combo in high def. pictures.

    • Adrien says:

      He looks samey. He’s 42. He looks like what a 42 year old would look like. C’mon he’s a rapper. Rappers and rockstars are not judged the same way as boy band members. They should look rough.

    • Josephine says:

      I agree. I think he looks perfectly normal, and is still handsome guy. I get that not everyone finds him attractive, but I don’t get the big criticism.

  9. TTMuch says:

    Eep, I thought he looked really ill. Sallow, gaunt and drawn. Super slim shady. I hope he’s okay

  10. Macey says:

    He has a CD coming out this month with the rest of Shady Records artists, its not a solo CD but a compilation with bunch of other people.

    His make up artist should be fired. He looks so much better without all the pancake make up on.

  11. BendyWindy says:

    Can someone explain how he wound up with three daughters. Did I miss something? I missed a lot.

    • Macey says:

      He adopted Kim’s niece Lainey long ago, then there’s Hailey and then Kim had another daughter Whitney to another guy. I dont think Em offically adopted her but he takes care of her.

      • LizLemonGotMarried says:

        Pretty sure he changed Whitney’s name to Mathers and officially adopted her too.

      • Macey says:


        none of the girls use Mathers, they all use Kim’s last name. I imagine its b/c they want to have some privacy and a normal life. As far as the adoption I really dont know.

    • Mikeyangel says:

      I believe Kim had a daughter with someone else that he is raising and I believe he took a niece in as his own. Not 100% on the facts but that is how his 1 became 3.

  12. LizLemonGotMarried says:

    This guy is Daylight, my forever dong, and I love him so much. I love how he has evolved as an artist, I love how his personal life has become so much more responsible, I love his dedication to sobriety…
    and the mother can flat out go on stage. I saw him this summer, and I’ve never seen anything like it. It was on my bucket list, seeing him live, and now it’s going to have to be an every year thing. I suffered through Lana Del Ray to get a good space in front of the stage at Music Midtown, and he was simply amazing. He never stopped moving, he looked like he could practically run up the walls, just so much energy and passion…I literally couldn’t take my eyes off him for the entire performance. After the show, it was like coming down off some sort of crazy high, I was just kind of quiet for a while.

    • MAP says:

      what she said. i love me some eminem

      • Mel M says:

        + 1
        Love him too, I remember sitting on the floor in my bedroom putting on makeup getting ready for high school and listening to the music video for “My Name Is” on VH1 morning countdown or something. That top picture of Em and Dre though makes me feel super old.

    • DogMom says:

      +1 , RT, Like, Share.

      DogMom <3 Eminem 4eva

  13. fairyvexed says:

    He…..looks like Bill Clinton.

  14. SurlyMonkey says:

    I don’t know why, I don’t even listen to that much of his music, but I’ve always been a fan of Em.

    Aside from not being 20 anymore, I think he looks really good and I even like his outfit. It all suits him.

  15. Allie says:

    He looks fine and yes that DM article was ridiculous. But that’s why DM is the bottom of the trashy tab scale.
    Other than that he seems to be good with life right now. He’s raising three girls, killing it in concert (saw him with Rihanna and it was fantastic) and is clean. So considering his past I think he’s doing just fine.
    Also it makes me feel SO old whenever a picture of his daughter pops up. I just remember when she was on some of his tracks as a little kid.

  16. mary simon says:

    42 is the new 52. he does not look well.

    • embee says:

      He’s not a teenager. I think he looks fine for 42 and all he’s done. I’ve seen many people younger than him that look worse who haven’t even done any kind of drugs or had stressful careers like Eminem. He’s always been a good looking guy. So talented

  17. Cindy says:

    I have such a soft spot for this guy.

  18. Ciria says:

    Wow he looks really harsh. Like drugs, hard-living or jus tnot aging well.

    And standing side by side with Dr. Dre isn’t helping either. Dre looks phenomenal and very dapper!

  19. deseree02 says:

    He’s rocking an Alcoholic’s Anonymous necklace, that’s a good sign! 🙂

  20. Sara says:

    he is a great artist, no doubt about that. i still wonder though how he gets away with all the stuff he said. others have been taking down for a lot less. most of the 2000s he earned millions with homophobia and his hatred for women.

    • Bridget says:

      I don’t think I would say he got away with anything. There was a huge amount of controversy and condemnation surrounding Eminem’s first couple of albums. It was a huge topic of debate, about where art began and where misogyny began. Ultimately I think acceptance came from the fact that “Slim Shady” and “Eminem” are characters telling a story through the whole album. Because those albums are transcendent. They are rage fueled, violent, bitterly funny, and at times hard to listen to, but just amazing works.

  21. Jess says:

    I really respect him as an artist, and especially as a father. His music is always powerful, and some of it is insanely twisted but people get it, love him.

    • me says:

      He is a good father…that is for sure. His daughter is now attending U of M I believe.

    • DarkSparkle says:

      Cute story: his daughter won homecoming queen last year, and he watched the whole thing from the announcers box at the football field. He didn’t want to get everyone riled up to see him, because it was her day. You can google the pics, it was very sweet.

  22. INeedANap says:

    He has been through so much and has come out the other side with a great career and industry respect. Good for him for maintaining a sense of dignity.

    ETA: The commentary about how he doesn’t look good? Let the man live. Most of that is bad makeup and a rough past. I suspect, now that he’s healthy, he’ll look the same ten years from now.

  23. Beep says:

    He looks horrible. Like he did something to his face. Too much Botox?

    His first album was good. The rest are meh.

  24. Jenna says:

    He look totally normal, but those eyes……. I’ve seen those eyes before. I hope he is still sober.

  25. Jennifer says:

    I saw him live when he played at Johns Hopkins University!! It was amazing. I worked in the kitchen of the campus bar and we would blast My Name Is all night. Love me some Eminem!

  26. J.Mo says:

    As for him getting a pass on violent, misogynist lyrics, his albums are meant to be listened to from beginning to end, they’re concept albums and represent a character. They don’t really represent him, especially if you listen to them individually and out of context. I don’t think he gets enough credit for what he does for his family and Detroit, that’s actually him.

  27. serena says:

    And that’s fine, I like when a celebrity isn’t oversaturing the media at every single fart he/she takes.

  28. Cupcake says:

    I think he looks pretty good. If I were a dude and 42 and I looked like that, I’d be cool with it. Em is a legend.

  29. jann says:

    I am a 58 year old woman and I have always Loved Eminem.I blast his music in my old buick .People just stare and smile.Best artist ever!

  30. brianna says:

    His pupils are massive, maybe not so sober.

  31. Pumpkin Pie says:

    Why don’t more people – in general, not here – say that with age comes wisdom? It happens a lot 🙂