Is Eminem Gay?

Is Eminem gay? That’s  a question many hip hop fans have asked themselves over the years. 

In 2014, the rapper stunned viewers of The Interview by saying he was “surprised nobody had figured it out yet” after explicitly saying that he deals with his issues in his songs and expresses homophobic sentiment because he’s gay. 

Of course, that was just a Hollywood movie, so it was just a line in a script and doesn’t mean anything in reality.

Truthfully, there’s no evidence that Marshall Mathers, Slim Shady, or Eminem (his alter egos) is gay. As far as his public statements on relationships go, as well as his numerous rap songs about them, Slim is all about the ladies, particularly his baby’s momma Kim.

Homophobic lyrics and accusations of gay bashing

Eminem has actually been acused of being homophobic, frequently using derogatory language such as fa**ot in his songs. 

Now, that doesn’t answer the questions of whether or not he’s gay, but it does make it significantly less likely. Even when Eminem was at his peak in the early 2000s, there was no reason to hide being gay – it was already widely accepted by society – and so it’s unlikely that a superstar like him would cover up and go to the opposite end of the spectrum by verbally abusing homosexuals. Tyler, the Creator has also been acused of this.

“New Kids on the Block, suck a lot of d*ck, boy girl groups make me sick, and I can’t wait ‘til I catch all of fa**ots in public, Im’a love it” – Eminem, Marshall Mathers.

Does Eminem use Grinder?

There’s a huge rumor that Eminem uses gay dating app Grindr to find dates. However, in a 2020 interview with Vulture, he was asked about his use of dating apps, to which he replied: “I mean, yeah. Are you looking for me to confirm that?” When the interviewer suggested that Eminem might use Grindr, he responded with “Grindr? No, I’m not gay.”

So, is Eminem gay or not?

Is Eminem gay? It's highly unlikely given his use of homophobic language and his known relationship history.

All in all, we have to conclude that he’s not. There’s just nothing to suggest it. Earlier in his life, Eminem seemed openly hostile to gay people, and while it’s impossible to say if that’s just an attempt to be controversial to grab more attention or whether he does really have an issue with gay men and women, the fact is that it makes it significantly less likely that Eminem is gay. Rumours like this seem to circulate about rappers: see our blog about Post Malone for another example.