Whenever there is a rare public sighting of Marshall “Eminem” Mathers, his fans are in utter shock at his looks. He’s matured a lot since the release of his 1999 album, The Shady Thin LP , but his drastic physical changes have rendered him nearly unrecognizable to fans of his, prompting some to speculate about his general well-being. What’s really going on?

Stubble view

One of the main reasons Eminem looks like a completely different person is because his fans aren’t used to seeing him with facial hair. Since the beginning of his decade-long career, the “Love the Way You Lie” rapper has rocked a clean-shaven face. Still, Eminem got BeardGang and debuted his new scruffy look on his Instagram account in 2017. In the photo, the 8 Mile star posed alongside rap pioneer Dr. Dre and recording artist Kendrick Lamar. The caption read: “Just a couple guys from Compton and one from Detroit. With a beard.

Soon, her social media comment section was flooded with fans who either loathed her rough and rugged new look or loved it. Despite their opinions, it seems the beard may be here to stay, and we have to admit, we shell it out.

Did he go under the knife?

Most celebrities are plagued with plastic surgery rumors from time to time, and in an industry where perfection is the status quo, we’re not surprised that many of them feel pressured to go under the knife. Some suspect Eminem has also resorted to various enhancements in an effort to reclaim his youthful looks.

His nose and lips appear to be the same, but her skin looks smooth, leading some to believe she underwent Botox injections to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. The emcee celebrated her 45th birthday in 2017, so she’s certainly entitled to some crows feet and frown lines. Various websites, which have plucked apart every inch of his face, have claimed Eminem’s waxy complexion is due to said injections.

But leave that to Eminem to keep the fans guessing. Despite all the speculation, he has neither confirmed nor denied the plastic surgery rumors, which begs the question: Does he have good genes or good papers?

Drug use has taken a toll

Eminem’s lyrics are laced with references to drug use, and even his album names pay homage to his struggle with addiction. From the 2009 Relapse to the 2010 Recovery , music fans have stuck with him through every step of his tumultuous journey. However, many listeners were unaware of the extent of his drug battle until he opened up during the filming of the 2012 documentary, How to Make Money Selling Drugs (via MTV ).

“When I took my first Vicodin, it was like this feeling of ‘Ahh.’ Like everything was not only soft, but he didn’t feel any pain,” the rapper says in the film. “I don’t know at what point exactly it started to be a problem. I just remember that I like it more and more. People tried to tell me I had a problem. I would say, “Put that person out of here. I can’t believe they told me what they told me.

Before she knew it, her apparent addiction to prescription drugs — Vicodin, Valium, Ambien and methadone — was so out of control it led to an overdose. “If I had gotten to the hospital about two hours later, I would have died. My organs were shutting down. My liver, kidneys, everything,” he says. “They were going to have to put me on dialysis. They didn’t think I would make it. My bottom was going to be death.

Better days

In 2010, Eminem did a 180 with his physical appearance — and people want answers. It’s likely we’ll never get an explanation directly from the rapper but, luckily, one of his alleged friends spilled his tea at Us Weekly .

Was it cloned?

Conspiracy theorists believe they’ve figured out why Eminem looks so different. It’s a shame that their theory is nothing more than a preposterous and absurd rumor that the new Eminem is a clone of his old self. 

Harder times

Eminem’s love life has been a hot mess since his teens, after he fell for and out of love with ex-wife Kim Scott. The former lovers had a son, Hailie, in 1995, and, in 1999, they married… for the first time. They divorced in 2001, only to remarry in 2006, and divorce again later that year. 

Run, Marshall, run away!

Eminem revealed that he overdosed on pills and was hospitalized to go through detox in 2007. At the time of that traumatic event, he weighed “close to 230 pounds,” Journa told Man L. “I’m not sure how I got so big, but I have ideas,” he said. “The coating on the Vicodin and Valium that I’ve been taking for years leaves a hole in your stomach, so to avoid an upset stomach, I was constantly eating and eating poorly.”

New hair, who dis?

One of the reasons Eminem really stood out when he released his first mainstream album was because of his looks. No, we’re not talking about the fact that he’s one of the few white rappers in the hip-hop community. We’re talking about his hair. 

Clean up his act

After battling addiction and enduring a failed rehab attempt, the rapper revealed in 2010 that he was finally on the path to sobriety. “When I got sober I became really happy because I wasn’t a prisoner of addiction anymore, so life was brand new to me,” he told Reuters . “I was like, ‘Say, man, the trees are beautiful again. What a beautiful day it is.

So, my friends, we are now looking at a healthy, happy, sober Eminem. His physical changes are starting to make a lot more sense now, aren’t they?