October 11th, 2010
11:08 AM ET
Add Eminem to the long list of celebrities who say they were bullied as kids.
In a "60 Minutes" interview with Anderson Cooper last night, the rapper revealed that he switched schools so many times as a kid that he was considered an outcast.
"[I got] beat up in the bathroom, beat up in the hallways, shoved into lockers. You know, just...for the most part, man, you know, just bein' the new kid," Eminem said.
Discovering rap in his teens, however, helped him boost his confidence.
"Hip hop has always been braggin' and boasting and 'I'm better than you at this' and 'I'm better than you at that.' And I finally found something that yeah, this kid over here, you know, he may have more chicks, and he may, you know, have better clothes or whatever, but he can't do this like me," Eminem said. "He can't write what I'm writing right now. And it started to feel like, you know, maybe Marshall's gettin' a little respect."
Though he went on to become a music superstar, Em believes he's still being bullied by those who deem his lyrics to be homophobic and misogynistic.
"I felt like I was being attacked, I was being singled out," the Detroit native said. "And I felt like, is it because of the color of my skin? Is it because [of] that, you're paying more attention?... There's certain rappers that do and say the same things that I'm saying. And I don't hear no one saying anything about that. I didn't just invent saying offensive things."
Indeed, the 37-year-old father of two insists that he means no harm with his lyrics, and really does want everyone to just get along. "I don't have any problem with nobody, you know," he added.
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