NEW YORK – Rap star Eminem says the real Slim Shady is a loving dad — and not the man behind his violent lyrics and outrageous antics.
The Grammy Award-winning rapper told a British magazine that he's a totally dedicated father who saves money for his daughter's college fund.
"Everything that I am doing right now is for Hailie. The money. The money — it's for her college," the rapper, whose real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III, tells this week's Q magazine.
Eminem, who is divorcing wife Kim, also said that 5-year-old Hailie understands he's not the chainsaw-wielding, rapping psycho he plays onstage.
"[She] knows at the end of the day Daddy is not what he says in his songs," Eminem said. "When I say I'll murder my baby's mother, maybe I wanted to do it, but I didn't do it. Anybody who takes it literally is a bigger idiot and 10 times sicker than I am."