Eric Hartter was an American tattoo artist who became famous after it was revealed that he is the biological father of Stevie Laine, rapper Eminem’s adopted daughter. Although he has been dead for two years now, Eric is still in the news for sharing a child with Eminem’s ex-wife, Kim Mathers. Find out more about his life here.
Eric Hartter was Born in the 1980s as an American
Eric Hartter was born in 1980 in the United States of America, although his exact date of birth is not known. While we were able to establish that his mother’s name was Marie Hartter, we could not verify any other information about his father, siblings, educational accomplishment, and the kind of background he was raised in.
He was a Professional Tattoo Artist
Eric was a professional tattoo artist who was good at his craft. However, he also ran a drug peddling business under his tattoo establishment and this ruined his career.
Eric Hartter is his name and this is her father pic.twitter.com/IdlSgv6Tfa
— OfficialDreSmoove (@DeiondreRamdin) November 18, 2020
Eric Hartter Became Popular for Being Stevie Laine’s Father
Eric Hartter became a media sensation after it was revealed that he was the biological father of Stevie Laine, the adopted daughter of famous rapper Eminem. His daughter was born to him by Eminem’s ex-wife; Kim Mathers.
Kim Mathers was married to Eminem before their divorce in 2001. A few months after they divorced, she got into a relationship with Eric Hartter and welcomed their daughter a year after. However, Eric never saw his daughter for once as he was not present at the time of her birth.
The relationship between Eric and Kim was short-lived as it ended in the same year they had their daughter. Kim went back to her ex-husband Eminem, who then legally adopted and raised Stevie Laine as his daughter.
Why Did Eric Hartter Not Get Custody of His Daughter?
After Kim went back to Eminem with their daughter, Eric tried to get custody of her. He was however unsuccessful because he could not sue Kim in court as a result of his involvement in drug peddling crimes. Because Eric was considered a reckless parent, he was not allowed to meet his daughter at any time, despite his futile efforts to contact her.
Meet Stevie Laine, Eric Hartter’s Daughter
- Date of birth: April 16, 2002
- Age: 21 years old
- Zodiac sign: Aries
- Parents: Eric Hartter and Kim Scott
Stevie Laine was born Whitney Scott Mathers on April 16, 2002, in Saint Joseph, Missouri. She was adopted in 2005 by rapper Marshall Bruce Mathers III, who is popularly known as Eminem. She grew up in the rapper’s house alongside her half-siblings.
Stevie Laine Never Knew Eric Until His Death
Eric did not have any form of relationship with his daughter Stevie Laine. He was not actively involved in Eminem’s adoption of her as he never relinquished his rights as her biological father. The adoption was only possible owing to his criminal history, battles with drug addiction, and frequent arrests.
In 2005, Eric’s mother Marie Hartter sued Eminem for keeping her away from her granddaughter. However, nothing ever became of the case as Stevie remained with Eminem and grew up with his other children.
Stevie had always thought the rapper was her biological father until in 2019 when she received a letter informing her of his death. Reacting to the news, Steve made a TikTok video where she seemed to confront Eminem, asking if he is her biological dad. The video was later pulled off the platform.
Stevie Laine Came Out as Non-Binary
On August 12, 2021, Whitney Scott Mathers came out as non-binary through a series of social media posts on Instagram and TikTok. She now prefers to be referred to by the pronoun ‘they”. Consequently, they cut their hair into a short style and prefer a quirky fashion style. Their family and social media followers have supported them ever since they made the announcement.
Meet Kimberly Scott, Eric Hartter’s Baby Mama, and Stevie Laine’s Mother
- Date of Birth: January 9, 1975
- Age: 48 years old
- Zodiac Sign: Capricorn
Eric Hartter’s baby mama Kimberly Scott was born on January 9, 1975, in Warren, Michigan, United States. Her parents were Kathleen Sluck and Casmier Sluck and she has a twin sister named Dawn Scott.
Their father was an alcoholic and abusive man and as such, the twins were raised by their mother and their stepdad while they attended Lincoln High School, United States.
Kimberly Scott Got Married to Eminem Twice
Eminem (Marshall Mathers) and Kim’s (Kimberly Scott) Wedding in 1999 (Left) & 2006 (Right).
You guy’s think they’ll get back together again eventually? pic.twitter.com/wv8Nq0QlSt
— Eminem Pictures (@PicturesEminem) April 1, 2020
Kim and her twin Dawn ran away from home when they were teenagers. In 1987, Kim got into a romantic relationship with rapper Eminem and she moved into his mother’s house with her twin sister. At the time, the twins were only 15 years old.
On December 25, 1995, the duo had their daughter Hailie Jade. Their relationship was a turbulent one but they ignored all the signs and got married in 1999. The marriage did not last long and ended with a divorce in 2001, after which Kim met Eric and had Stevie Laine.
Following Kim’s return to Eminem with her daughter Stevie Laine, the duo decided to give marriage one more chance and in January 2006, they got married for the second time. Their second marriage was even shorter than the first and only lasted for one month before they filed for divorce.
Did Eric Hartter Ever Get Married?
Eric Hartter was never married. After his relationship with Eminem’s ex-wife ended, Eric kept to himself, and very little was known about his romantic life. As such, we could not verify the identities of any other persons he dated, or if he fathered any other kids with them.
What Happened to Eric Hartter?
On August 22, 2019, Eric Hartter was found dead in an abandoned house in Detroit, Michigan. An autopsy result revealed that the breakdown products of cocaine and fentanyl were found in his blood, thus placing the possible cause of his death to be an overdose of drugs. His body was cremated by his mother on September 11, 2019.
Before his death, Eric had been battling drug addiction and had been repeatedly arrested by the police for theft. While in jail, he was seen with contraband substances, specifically fentanyl and methamphetamine, and was arrested for a second time. He received a jail term of 153 days with 24 months of probation.