Deborah R Nelson Mathers

Deborah R Nelson Mathers

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Deborah R Nelson Mathers is an author and singer who is also popular as the mother of the Grammy Award-winning rapper, Eminem. In addition, Deborah got even more popular after her book “My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem” was officially out.

Early Life

Deborah R Nelson Mathers was born on 6th January 1955, in St. Joseph, Missouri, the United States.  She is an American citizen. Likewise, Deborah is 66 years old now and her sun sign is Capricorn. The name of her parents is father, Bob Nelson, and mother, Betty Hixson. Moreover, Deborah has four siblings and are Betty Renee, Ronnie Polkinghorn, Steven Nelson, and Todd Nelson. Her childhood was a struggle as her mom and dad divorced when she was young. Her mother then again got married, sadly that only gave more trouble for Deborah. Deborah was suffering a lot from her stepfather, who was physically torturing her every time. Also, from her biological mother as well, who tried to commit suicide a few times. Moreover, Deborah also has 2 step-siblings and they are Ronnie Pollinghorn and Betty Renee.

Her step-siblings were also giving her many problems. In addition, Deborah’s step-brother, Ronnie committed suicide, her brother, Steven had a stroke, and Todd is in prison for killing his brother-in-law. And her step-sister as of now has a profession at Eminem’s mansion in Clinton Township as a housekeeper. In the mansion, Deborah is residing together with her husband. Talking about Derorah’d educational background, she attended Lancaster High School. There she also got to meet her future husband, Marshall Bruce II, so she stopped going to school to marry him. At that time, Deborah was just fifteen years old.

Career and Professional Life

After Deborah and her husband got separated, she and her son often went back and 4th from Kansas City to Detroit. For most of the time, the two of them had to live in very poor situations. At the same time, Deborah even was engaged in some illegal things like false allegations towards organizations and other people in order to get some money from them. Eminem once even said that his mom never did any jobs and that they were surviving on the money they got from various social organizations. As Eminem was achieving popularity in the early 2000s, Deborah also was looking for some of that popularity and wealth for herself.

It is already clear that the mother and the son did not get together very well from Eminem’s early childhood. Eminem even has shared about their relationship from his songs and was always anxious to talk about it. Then, Deborah made a decision to stand out and share her version of the story, which she successfully did by producing a CD with 3 songs, “Dear Marshall” which was dedicated to her son. Moreover, she wrote her autobiography with the title “My Son Marshall, My Son Eminem” in the year 2008. The book was all about her life, her struggles, and misconceptions with her son, Eminem.

Apart from that, it also shows her side of the story about the life they had together, claiming that Eminem was lying just to achieve even more popularity. Also, Deborah admits that she is not upset with him. At the moment when Deborah was showing breast cancer on herself, the misunderstandings and problems between her and her son, Eminem were calming down and the both of them were reconciling. Also, Eminem’s song, “Headlights” was written and was out as an apology to his mother. He even said that he will always love his mother just the way she is. As of now, Deborah runs a taxi service in her hometown at St. Joseph, Missouri.

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Caption: Deborah R Nelson Mathers’s book cover picture (Source: Amazon)

Net Worth

Although Deborah was having such a difficult life and did not have any higher education, she managed to earn a decent amount of money. It was mostly from his son, Eminem’s fame. So, the author, singer, and celebrity mother has an estimated net worth of more than $700,000. In addition, her son, Eminem has a stunning net worth of approximately $190 million. Apart from this, the assets they own are not available as of now. However, it is for sure that, they are living a luxurious and great life.

Relationship Status

Deborah first met her husband when they were in high school.  In order to get be his wife and stay with him, she did not go for her higher education. Three years after her marriage, she gave birth to her first child who was a son. His name is Marshall Mathers III, who now people also recognize as Eminem. Although the couple shared an adorable child, Deborah’s husband made a cruel decision to abandon the family when Eminem was just a baby. After the separation of the couple, Deborah has to do some low-paid jobs just to earn some money which would be enough for her to support and take care of her child and herself. In addition, after ending her marital relationship with Eminem’s dad, Deborah tied a knot with Berger Olsen Au Gres.

Unfortunately, this relationship also did not last long because of her mental illness, which was causing a lot of difficulties in their relationship. In the end, the pair made a sad decision to separate their ways. After that, Deborah met Fred Samara, Jr., with whom she gave birth to a son whose name is Nathan Kane Samara in the year 1986. And the interesting fact about it is that Fred Samara Jr. is also a rapper, and has a very good relationship with his step-brother Eminem. In fact, the step-siblings had also worked together. Once again Deborah and Fred also broke up. However, the reason for their breakup has not been out yet, although there were some rumors that the main cause was again Deborah’s mental illness. Deborah later even was in few more relationships and is currently the wife of John Briggs. Additionally, she has 3 grandchildren.

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Caption: Deborah R Nelson Mathers with her son, Eminem (Source: Married Biography)


Current every mental illness of Deborah reflects the time of her early childhood. She is suffering from Munchausen syndrome. In this type of mental illness, a person continuously acts as if she has a physical or mental disorder, and also demonstrates a continuous need for attention and togetherness from others. The illness was also the main cause of her being abusive towards Eminem, and her other son Nathan. In addition, after Eminem was talking about Deborah in his songs which were all the worst about her, the media was taking her interviews.

Then, Deborah made a decision to register a lawsuit against her son, Eminem for $10 million. She also admitted that everything he was saying about her was just a lie and also that he did not write most of the lyrics of his songs by himself. From the lawsuit, Deborah gained some profit and received only $1.600. Adding more, Deborah was sued by Neal Alpert around the year 2005 for not paying him the promised 25% of sales profits from the book. Neal Alpert is the one who helped her to write her book related to Eminem.

Body Measurement and Social Media

Regarding the celebrity mother’s physical appearance, she has golden brown hair with beautiful blue eyes. Deborah has a good height of around 5 feet 4 inches tall. However, more details regarding Deborah E. Nelson’s body measurements, weight, dress size, bra size, etc. are not available for now. Also, she is not mentally and physically healthy as she was suffering a lot since her childhood. Moreover, Deborah has a very slim body type with a fair complexion.

Talking about her presence on social media platforms, she is quite active there. Deborah seems to have an Instagram account however, the account is private. It has only 246 followers as of now. Other than this she is not active on other social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. For now, Deborah seems not to have any interest in gaining popularity. She is happily living her great life with her family.