Eminem offered up some tongue-in-cheek details about his dating life (and his controversial lyrics) in a recent interview with Vulture:
Do you date?
It’s tough. Since my divorce I’ve had a few dates and nothing’s panned out in a way that I wanted to make it public. Dating’s just not where I’m at lately.
When you were dating, how’d you meet people? Tinder?
I mean, yeah.
Are you being serious?
[Laughs] And Grindr. I also used to go to strip clubs.
We’re still not entirely sure if he’s joking.
Whatever the case, the rapper did give some perspective regarding his controversial lyrics, which some have dubbed homophobic:
The first time I got a taste of being called anti-gay was on “My Name Is” when I said, My English teacher wanted to have sex in junior high / The only problem was my English teacher was a guy. All I was saying was I don’t swing that way. So when I started getting flak for it, I thought, Alright, you people think I’m homophobic? Watch this. Hence the Ken Kaniff character and all that stuff. I was trying to push the buttons of people who were calling me something that I wasn’t.
The honest-to-God truth is that none of that matters to me: I have no issue with someone’s sexuality, religion, race, none of that. Anyone who’s followed my music knows I’m against bullies—that’s why I hate that fucking bully Trump—and I hate the idea that a kid who’s gay might get shit for it.
Over the years, celebrities like Sia and Elton John have come forward in defense of the rapper, claiming he “was never homophobic.” The jury’s still out on that one, though.
Read Eminem’s full interview here.