Eminem's Divorce Encore

Rapper files for second divorce from Kim Mathers after remarrying her in January

By Sarah Hall Apr 05, 2006 8:55 PMTags

Guess who's back in divorce court?

Less than three months after remarrying his ex-wife, Kim Mathers, Eminem has filed for divorce a second time, the rapper's rep confirmed.

The divorce petition on behalf of Marshall Bruce Mathers III (the Real Slim Shady's real name), was entered Wednesday in Detroit. No reason for the breakup was given.

Of course, given the duo's long history of breaking up and making up only to break up again, there's no telling whether the split will stick.

To provide a brief review of the troubled timeline of Em and Kim's less-than-storybook romance:

The couple began dating in high school, had their daughter, Hailie Jade, in 1995 and tied the knot in 1999.

In August 2000, Eminem filed for divorce for the first time, just two months after Mathers attempted suicide in their home.

Not one to give up without a fight, Mathers fired back with a lawsuit of her own, seeking her share of her husband's fortune, plus an additional $10 million for emotional distress caused by Eminem's murderous ballad, "Kim," which details her death at his hands.

In December 2000, the couple briefly reconciled for their daughter's sake. But in March 2001, Mathers filed for an expedited divorce, citing "a breakdown of the marriage relationship...and [because] there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved."

The move set off a bitter custody dispute battle, with Eminem eventually agreeing to give Mathers physical custody of Hailie, plus financial support.

Since their divorce, both halves of the couple have publicly battled with drug abuse. Mathers' cocaine habit landed her on probation and cost her custody of her daughter, while Eminem did a month-long stint in rehab last year to kick an addiction to sleep medication.

In December 2005, a few months after the Grammy- and Oscar-winning rapper emerged from treatment, he made the surprise announcement, that he and Mathers had once again reconciled and were "probably going to remarry."

In January, he made good on that claim, retying the knot in a lavish ceremony in the Detroit suburb of Rochester, with pals 50 Cent and Obie Trice looking on.

Now it looks as though it's curtains for Eminem's marital rerun, as the rapper prepares for a divorce court encore.