Eminem released a new music video on Mother's Day for his song "Headlights," in which he apologizes to his estranged mother.
The clip, "Headlights," features Nate Ruess and was directed by Spike Lee and released on May 11 -- Mother's Day. The song was released as a single in February and is featured on Eminem's "The Marshall Mathers LP 2" album, which dropped in November. The clip sees Eminem, in a hoodie, hugging an older blonde woman. (Watch the video here -- warning: Lyrics contain expletives)
"Cause to this day we remain estranged and I hate it though," raps Enimem, "'Cause you ain't even get to witness your grandbabies grow / But I'm sorry momma for "Cleaning Out My Closet," at the time I was angry / Rightfully, maybe so, never meant that far to take it though."
The 41-year-old rapper, whose real name is Marshal Maters III, shares a daughter with his ex-wife and is also raising two girls -- his ex's child from another relationship and her sister's kid. He is also the legal guardian of his younger half-brother, Nathan.
"I will always love you from afar!"
Eminem has criticized his mother, Debbie Mathers-Briggs, several times in his songs.
In his 1999 debut single, "My Name Is," Eminem raps: "I just found out my mom does more dope than I do."
In the song "My Mom," featured on Eminem's 2009 alum "Relapse," he raps: "My mom loved Valium and lots of drugs / That's why I am like I am 'cause I'm like her" and "I know that I should let bygones be bygones / But she's the reason why I am high what I'm high on."
In 1999, Eminem's mother sued him for $10 million for allegedly defaming her. The case was eventually settled.
"I just settled all my lawsuits / [Expletive] you, Debbie!" Eminem raps in the song "Without Me," featured on his 2002 album "The Eminem Show."
In "Headlights," Eminem raps: "Now I know it's not your fault and I'm not making jokes -- that song I'll no longer play at shows / and I cringe every time it's on the radio."
He also focuses his anger on his "deadbeat dad" instead. The rapper's parents separated when he was a baby.
The "Headlights" video also shows the woman holding a handwritten letter signed by "Marshall, your son."
"I'm mad I didn't get the chance to thank you for being my mom and my dad," the lyrics and letter's words state. "So mom, please accept this as a tribute I wrote this on the jet / I guess I had to get this off my chest, I hope I get the chance to lay it 'fore I'm dead. / The stewardess said to fasten my seatbelt, I guess we're crashin! / So if I'm not dreamin', I hope you get this message that I will always love you from afar! / 'Cause you're my ma!!"