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Eminem realizes using gay slur hurt "a lot of other people"

Eminem says he used gay slur on recent album in "anger."
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On August 31 Eminem surprised fans by dropping a new album called Kamikaze, the tenth release in his over two-decades-long career in the entertainment business. 

"Tried not 2 overthink this 1... enjoy," he wrote on Twitter upon its release using a middle finger emoji.

No stranger to controversy, the 45-year-old artist made LGBT headlines when listeners discovered that on the track "Fall" Eminem used an anti-gay slur toward producer and fellow rapper Tyler the Creator: "Tyler create nothing, I see why you called yourself a f----t, bitch / It's not just 'cause you lack attention / It's 'cause you worship D12's balls, you're sac-religious."

The singer has defended using the term in the past, saying it's all "tongue-in-cheek." But fans say it's more foot-in-mouth now that the artist is nearly 50-years-old. It appears he may agree.

In an interview with Sway, the "Slim Shady" singer says he used the term in anger, addressing an on-going feud between the two performers, and realizes now it was wrong. 

“With the Tyler the Creator thing I realize now...I wasn’t in the right mind frame...I was angry when I said the sh*t about Tyler…The word that I called him on the album -- on that song was one of the things where I felt like, this might be too far. Because in my quest to hurt him, I realized that I was hurting a lot of other people by saying it…It was one of the things that I kept going back to going ‘I don’t feel right with this.’ Now I realize people can hear what I’m saying anyways…"

His comments can be heard in the [NSFW] interview below at 12:33.