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Eminem divorces for second time
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Eminem famously wrote a song about his wife's violent death
Eminem and his high school sweetheart have divorced for a second time, less than a year after they remarried.

The rap superstar and wife Kim Mathers agreed to share custody of their 10-year-old daughter, Hailie.

The pair told a judge in Michigan they understood this time the divorce was final. The couple remarried in January.

But the rapper filed for divorce less than three months later, saying there had been "a breakdown in the marriage relationship".

Neither Eminem, 34, nor Kim, 31, commented to reporters after the brief hearing.

'Dignity and respect'

The couple "conducted themselves with dignity and respect", according to Circuit Judge Antonio P Viviano.

Having grown up together in Detroit, Michigan, the couple first married in 1999 but divorced in 2001.

In 2000, Kimberly attempted suicide and sued the rapper for defamation after he depicted her violent death in his song Kim. The couple later settled the case out of court.

Eminem has also been accused of pulling a gun on a man who was said to have kissed his wife, while Kimberly has spent time in jail for using cocaine.

Retirement

More recently, Eminem has had treatment for addiction to prescription drugs and rumours of his retirement have been rife since the release of his "best of" album Curtain Call last year.

Eminem, real name Marshall Mathers, has won nine Grammy Awards for albums including The Slim Shady LP, The Marshall Mathers LP and The Eminem Show.

He also won an Oscar for the song Lose Yourself from 8 Mile, the semi-autobiographical 2002 film in which he starred.

In November, the star was back at the top of the charts, guesting on Akon's single Smack That.

According to Akon, Eminem has decided against retirement and is currently back in the studio working on a new album.


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