Hailie Jade Mathers is opening up about what it’s like to be Eminem’s daughter.
In the first episode of her new podcast Just a Little Shady, the 26-year-old child of the rap legend kicked things off by addressing the elephant in the room and spoke about the “surreal” experience of living life as Slim Shady’s spawn.
“I remember going on [Eminem’s tour bus] and all our memories of being young were so cool and unique to look back at now,” Hailie’s co-host and childhood best friend Brittany Ednie said during a conversation beginning around the 3:00 mark. “But at the time, it felt so normal and not anything strange or different. I mean, ’cause we didn’t know any better.”
“Obviously we were in a normal public school, we never thought anything was different,” Hailie interjected. “I don’t know, we had so many normal experiences that when something like that happened, I thought like, ‘Oh, everybody else does this too.’ Not realizing that like, no, that’s freaking weird. It’s so fun to look back, when we have these conversations here, wherever, like thinking back as an adult, like, ‘Wow, that’s actually so surreal.’ Those memories of me thinking those were normal things, now I look back and I’m like, ‘Holy crap, that was cool.’”
Elsewhere, Hailie spoke about a trip she and Ednie took to Florida with Em, and recalled her dad sending them off to Disney World so he could record in peace.
“I always think about that time,” Hailie said. “We went to Florida, my dad was working on something, and he was working the whole time. But he set up for us to do the limo and take it to Disney and we did the princess tea party, and he had the dresses waiting for us.”
She continued, “And even then, like at the time, we were so happy and so excited, but we didn’t like get to appreciate that moment as much as now, when we talk about it and think back on it. We’re like, ‘Oh my god, that was just awesome.’”
Eminem has often been very vocal about his love for his daughters, recently going to bat for Hailie against Machine Gun Kelly after the latter tweeted out that she looked “hot as fuck” in 2012. Em responded to the disrespect on his 2018 Kamikaze track “Not Alike.”
“If you wanna come at me with a sub, Machine Gun/And I’m talkin’ to you, but you already know who the fuck you are, Kelly/I don’t use sublims and sure as fuck don’t sneak-diss/But keep commenting on my daughter Hailie,” Marshall rapped.
The insult kickstarted a brief feud between the two rappers, with MGK returning shots on “Rap Devil.”
Watch the first full episode of Just a Little Shady up top.