Eminem is well known for his shocking behaviour. At the height of his ‘90s fame, you couldn’t move for stories where the rapper caused outrage and appalled people.
But he’s calmed down in recent years, getting past his demons and settling in for a calmer life mostly away from the public eye.
Until now, because he’s just shocked the world with his most outrageous act yet. An act that has shaken us to our very core. Eminem has… grown a beard.
Eminem has a beard. I've seen it all, ladies and gentleman. pic.twitter.com/Ruc8ttYn0e— 🐺 (@shadykinggg) June 23, 2017
There he is, look. It’s Eminem’s face with a beard on it.
BRUH ITS REAL EMINEM HAS A BEARD pic.twitter.com/C7Jgqv1Odb— Eminem Quotes (@EminemQuotes1) June 23, 2017
Eminem. With a beard.
Eminem with a beard x 2 Chainz pic.twitter.com/kih5cXzRW4— Visionary Streetwear (@VisionaryPC) June 24, 2017
He showed off his new look a the premiere for The Defiant Ones, a new HBO four part documentary featuring Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine. (The trailer looks pretty nifty, by the way).
The new look had Eminem fans pretty messed up.
My face when I saw Eminem's beard for the first time......😱😮😂 pic.twitter.com/y7Ynhj4y2H— ♡ Sнα∂у Scαяℓєтт ♡ (@angry_blonde313) June 23, 2017
People weren’t necessarily against it, they were more confused.
Eminem, I dont know how to feel about that beard fam. https://t.co/nqzbH9OXnL— LeBron The Goat (@A_Infame) June 23, 2017
Some keen-eyed fans pointed out add new layer to a verse in Em’s 2002 track ‘Business’.
"Can't leave rap alone, the game needs me / 'Til we grow beards, get weird and disappear / Into the mountains, nothin' but clowns down here / But we ain't fuckin' around round here,” he rapped.
Others, meanwhile, took the stubble as a sign that he'd been back in the studio.
Eminem has a fucking beard he musta really been in his cave cookin up the dopest rhymes for months— thai 🅴 (@TShakW) June 23, 2017
Or maybe, maybe, Eminem is just 44 years old (how??!) and wanted to try a new look? Either way, it’s pretty unsettling – it reminds us of when bald men who’ve been bald forever suddenly grow a full head of hair. Like, it doesn’t look bad, it’s just weird, isn’t it? We’re not used to it. So if celebs could all refrain from ever changing their appearances in future to stop us having to decide how he feel about it, that’d be grand. Cheers.