The under-fire rapper tells all...

Eminem has broken his silence over recent trouble and court appearances saying: “It’s been a rough couple of weeks.”

The rapper added that the current ‘Up In Smoke’ tour of the US was providing a much needed distraction from the problems at home and that criticisms levelled at his new album, ‘The Marshall Mathers LP’, were unfounded as his lyrics were never intended to be taken literally.

A demure Eminem was talking to American website [url=]www.sonicinet.com following ‘Up In Smoke‘s’ appearance at the San Jose Arena on Monday night (June 19).

He said: “I think being on this tour is probably the best thing to get my mind off what’s going on in my personal life. It gives me something constructive to do with my time, other than sit home and soak in my personal problems.”

Of the album, which has sold more than two million copies in the US in its first three weeks of sale but has come under increasing fire for dramatising rape, murder and elements of homophobia, he added: “I may tend to push a lot of buttons and tend to piss a lot of people off. But that’s basically what I came to do… upset that balance of everything that is normal everyday things that people are used to hearin’.

“My main purpose of even coming here was to shake things up a little bit. But at the same time, I [want] people to know that not everything I say is meant to be taken literally.”

Eminem also touched on the nature of the relationship between him and his wife Kim. It is alleged that the rapper pistol-whipped a love rival in the car park of a Detroit night-club (June 4) after catching him kissing Kim.

He said he wrote the song ‘Kim’, in which he rhymes about murdering his wife, after an argument.

He added: “[It’s] kind of like an outtake from one of our arguments in everyday life. That’s really how we fight sometimes. … [It was] anger built up from what she had done to me and what we was going through, our little thing, and I made it into a song.”

There was no mention of Eminem’s live performance at the opening of the tour last Thursday (June 15), when he brought a blow-up doll called ‘Kim’ on-stage and went on to beat it up.