Eminem Apologizes to Mother in 'Headlights' Video
Eminem embraces his mother in the music video. Credit: Headlights
The Spike Lee-directed clip is largely told from the perspective of his mother, Debbie Mathers, and features video clips and photos from the rapper’s youth. It revisits their tumultuous relationship and eventually shows the two reconciling with a warm hug.
The 41-year-old rapper, whose real name is Marshall Mathers, has had a rocky relationship with his mom. He famously rapped about her in his debut single, "My Name Is": "My mom smokes more dope than I do." In 1999, Debbie filed a lawsuit against Eminem, accusing him of slander. The lawsuit turned the mother and son into tabloid fodder, with Debbie making the talk show rounds and later writing a book "My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem," as a rebuttal to being vilified in songs by her son.
Eminem is now asking whether he took it too far.
"Never thinking about who, what I said hurt, in what verse / My mom probably got it the worst,” he raps in "Headlights." "But regardless I don't hate you 'cause, Ma, You're still beautiful to me, 'cause you're my mom."
He also raps: "Ma, I forgive you … you did your best … oh, what a tangled web we have."
Warning: Video contains profanity.