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Eminem yearns for less fame

Says his notoriety makes him feel like he's living in a cage
/ Source: Reuters

Rap star Eminem says in an interview released Friday that fame makes him feel like he is living in a cage and that he never knows whether a woman is interested in him or in his success.

In an interview to be published in the December issue of Vanity Fair, Eminem said he could live without his huge fame.

“I would take it back to where I made a comfortable living. To where I would just make music, have people appreciate it, even if it’s a few people who appreciate it, and be able to walk to a mall, walk to a store.

“When you get fame and fortune and you make something of your life and become successful ... But (there is a) whole new slew of problems that I never expected that come along with it,” he said, adding:

“Sometimes I battle with these demons that make me say in my head, ‘I’m not going to be locked in a...cage, I’m...gonna walk in this place and I’m not going to sign any autographs.”

As for women, the rapper said, “Do they truly, genuinely love me for me? The reason they’re approaching me is because I’m Eminem. And I will never be able to get over that insecurity...Does this person care about me for me, or is it too late in the game now? Because I have money, I have fame, and I’m who I am.”

Asked if he had considered dating a fellow celebrity, Eminem said, “Tried that, that didn’t work. I’ve dated a few famous women and gone that route thinking that would work, and they ended up being crazier than I am.”