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Eminem is famously protective of his daughter Hailie Scott, often rapping about her in his songs.

In fact, Hailie is mentioned in more than 20 of Eminem’s songs, including Hailie’s Song, My Dad’s Gone Crazy, Kim, 97 Bonnie & Clyde, Beautiful and My Darling.

In his 90s/00s music, Eminem often rapped about his daughter Hailie and was very vocal about the problems he had with her mother Kim.

But just last year, Eminem – real name Marshall Mathers – admitted he regrets being so open about his daughter and his relationship with her mother on his tracks.

Here are all of the songs Hailie features in or has inspired Eminem to write:

1 Hailie’s Song (2002)

This song is exactly as its title suggests – a track specifically for his daughter Hailie.

Eminem has credited Hailie for keeping him stable in life and when she was just seven-years-old, he wrote the emotional Hailie’s Song for her.

2 Going Through Changes (2010)

As well as Hailie, Eminem’s two adopted daughters, Alaina and Whitney, are also referenced in Going through Changes.

Eminem raps: ‘Hailie, this one is for you, Whitney and Alaina too / I still love your mother, that’ll never change.’

The track suggests Eminem is unable to look his daughters in the eye following his substance abuse. It is seen by some as a sequel to Déjà Vu.

3 Deja Vu (2009)

Deja Vu came one year before Going through Changes and was all about his struggle with prescription drug addiction in the mid-00s.

The song is, in part, supposedly Eminem’s perception of how he came across to Hailie.

4 My Dad’s Gone Crazy (2002)

This song wasn’t just inspired by Hailie, her vocals also feature in it.

Eminem explained in a previous interview: ‘Me and [Dr.] Dre were working together, and Hailie was running around the studio and she was like, “Somebody please help me! I think my dad’s gone crazy!”

‘Instantly that locked in with a beat we’d made the day before. I had her go in the booth and say it. When she opens up, she’s just like her dad in a lot of aspects. I just told her what to say and she nailed it, the first take.’

5 Kim (2000)

Eminem has previously revealed this song is about his ex and the mother of Hailie, Kim, written when they weren’t together.

He says he was inspired to write a love song after watching a chick lit but never wanted it to be a slushy song and included how he felt about their break-up which had left their daughter stuck in the middle.

After heading straight to the studio after the cinema, he created the track Kim and describes it as a prequel to ’97 Bonnie & Clyde.

6 ’97 Bonnie & Clyde (1999)

’97 Bonnie & Clyde is a dark tribute to his relationship with Kim, with the song depicting them having argued so much, he dumps her body at the bottom of a lake with the help of Hailie.

Hailie’s vocals even feature on the track, with Eminem later recalling: ‘I lied to Kim and told her I was taking Hailie to Chuck E. Cheese that day.

‘But I took her to the studio. When she found out I used our daughter to write a song about killing her, she fucking blew. We had just got back together for a couple of weeks. Then I played her the song, and she bugged the fuck out.’

7 Mockingbird (2004)

Clips of Hailie’s home videos as a child have been featured in the official music video of Mockingbird, which was released in 1999.

The track also references his adopted daughter Alaina, with lyrics including: ‘And you and Lainie were too young to understand it / Papa was a rolling stone, Momma developed a habit,’ and, ‘To see how much you both have grown, it’s almost like you’re sisters now / Wow, guess you pretty much are, and Daddy’s still here / Lainie, I’m talking to you too, Daddy’s still here / I like the sound of that, yeah, it’s got a ring to it, don’t it?’

8 Castle (2017)

On his new album Eminem raps about regrets about making his private life so public.

Although Eminem and Hailie haven’t been seen together in years, he dedicated the track Castle on his 2017 album Revival to his little girl and she told the Daily Mail back in June that they are ‘very close’.

On Castle, Eminem raps: ‘I built this castle / Now we are trapped on the throne. I’m sorry we’re alone / I wrote my chapter / You’ll turn the page when I’m gone / I hope you’ll sing along / This is your song / I just want you to know that I ain’t scared / Whatever it takes to raise you, I’m prepared.’

In later lyrics, he says: ‘You ain’t asked for none of this shit, now you’re being punished? Things that should’ve been private with me and your mother is public / I can’t stomach / They can take this fame back /I don’t want it I’ll put out this last album / Then I’m done with it.’

Towards the end of Revival is the song Castle, in which he raps to his 22-year-old daughter that ‘this is your song’, apologises for making his issues with her mum public, and talks to her about the fact he once tried to kill himself.

He also raps about taking an overdose in 2007 which nearly proved fatal: ‘And if things should worsen / don’t take this letter I wrote / As a goodbye note / ‘Cause your dad’s at the end of his rope / I’m sliding down a slippery slope / Anyways sweetie, I better go / I’m getting sleepy.’

9 Bad Husband (2017)

In Bad Husband, Eminem writes an open letter to Kim and his daughters, admitting his wrongdoings and calling himself a ‘scumbag’.

10 Arose (2017)

In Arose, Eminem raps from his metaphorical death bed, apologising for his wrongdoings and for all of the milestones in his children’s lives he’s going to miss, such as birthdays and Christmases.

11 The Way I Am (2000)

Following the success of his 1999 album The Slim Shady, Eminem often rapped about his fear of adulation not being able to match it again.

The Way I Am touches on the hysteria and fame that followed him after The Slim Shady, calling for fans to stop approaching him when he is out with his daughter, Hailie.

12 Cleaning Out My Closet (2002)

This track is all about Eminem metaphorically cleaning out his closet as he raps about his childhood.

He details how his father abandoned him and he was raised by his mother, Debbie Nelson, but cuttingly threatens her with access to Hailie. He later apologises for the lyrics about his mum in 2013 song Headlights.

13 Superman (2002)

Superman was about Eminem showing he was savvy to women throwing themselves at him just for his fame and using him and his daughter..

14 Say Goodbye Hollywood (2002)

Say Goodbye Hollywood was Eminem’s track about the pressures of living in the spotlight and how people should be careful what they wish for.

He discusses the perils of fame and how all he ever really wanted to be to give his daughter Hailie the life he’d never had but his rising star means they spend a lot of time apart.

15 When I’m Gone (2005)

When I’m Gone offers a glimpse into the regrets Eminem feels he has as a parent and how he wishes he could have spent more time with Hailie growing up.

16 Hailie’s Revenge (2003)

Back in 2002, Ja Rule rapped about Eminem’s daughter Hailie on his track Loose Change: ‘Em, you claim your mother’s a crackhead/And Kim is a known slut/So what’s Hailie gon’ be when she grows up.’ Hailie was seven-years-old at the time.

Eminem responded in 2003 with Doe Ray Me ‘Hailie’s Revenge’), but in his latest album Kamikaze, he responds again in Greatest.

He raps: ‘I hear you talking shit, I’m just too big to respond to it / God forbid I forget, go and jump out the window / somebody better child-proof it / ’Cause if I lose it we can rewind to some old Ja Rule shit.’

And Ja Rule was ready to respond, tweeting: ‘Guess that Hailie line must be starting to hit home.’

17 In Your Head (2017)

Another track in which Eminem apologises to Hailie for using her in around 80% of his tracks.

18 Headlights (2013)

In Headlights Eminem responds to his 2002 track Cleaning Out My Closet, in which he tells his mum he doesn’t want her to have anything to do with his daughters. In Headlights, he suggests they meet and more forward as a family.

19 Elevator (2009)

In Elevator, Eminem raps about other rappers using Hailie as a ‘ukulele’, again showing his protective side over his daughter.

He refers to other tracks in Elevator, including 2002’s My Dad’s Gone Crazy.

20 Like Toy Soldiers (2004)

In Like Toy Soldiers, Eminem attempts to explain why he has had beef with other rappers, giving the example of how Ja Rule used Hailie on one of his tracks and he ‘lost it’.

At the end of the track, he offers a truce.

21 Not Alike (2018)

On Kamikaze track Not Alike, Eminem hits out again at rappers using his daughter’s name on their tracks to try to get to him.

Hailie was born on 25 December 1995 in Detroit, Michigan. Her mother is Eminem’s high school girlfriend Kimberly Anne Scott, 43.

The keen Instagrammer has two half-sisters on her mum’s side – Alaina Marie Mathers, 25, and Whitney Scott Mathers, 16.

While neither are Eminem’s biological daughters, he has adopted both and cares for them.

Whitney is Kim’s daughter from a previous relationship whereas Alaina is Kim’s sister Dawn’s daughter from another relationship.

Dawn passed away in 2016. Both Kim and Eminem – whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III – are Alaina’s legal guardians.

Kim also has a son called Parker but its understood Eminem is not his legal guardian.

Meanwhile Dawn, who was born on 9 January 1975 and died on 19 January 2016, has two sons as well as Alaina.

Their names are Patrick Scott and Adam Scott but again, it’s understood Eminem is not their guardian either.

Eminem and Kimberly married in 1999 but divorced two years later in 2001.

Despite Eminem vowing never to marry again, they then reconciled and remarried in 2006, with Eminem then filing for divorce just months later.

Hailie uses Instagram, and she’s been known to post quite revealing selfies on there.

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