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Eminem Apologizes to His Mother in New Song ‘Headlights’

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Paul Simon might’ve been right when he predicted Eminem would eventually regret airing all his family’s dirty laundry in his songs — some of the most famous including his first hit, “My Name Is” and “Cleaning Out My Closet.”

One of his most common punching bags? His mother, Debbie Mathers.

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However, just when we think the relationship couldn’t get any worse (he publicly accuses his mother of using more drugs than he has as well as promises to make her “look so ridiculous”; Debbie retaliated by making the talk show circuit with a tell-all book about her son), the 41-year-old rapper goes and drops an apology song just in time for Mother’s Day.

With “Headlights” — which comes with a Spike Lee-directed video– Eminem pays respect and apologizes to his mother with lyrics some fans might have thought they’d never hear:

But as stubborn as we are, did I take it too far, ‘Cleaning Out My Closet’
And all them other songs, but regardless I don’t hate you
‘Cause ma, you’re still beautiful to me, ’cause you’re my mom

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See the entire video over at Eminem’s YouTube channel and let us know what YOU think of his apology?

Eminem Apologizes to His Mother in New Song ‘Headlights’

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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