Facing jail on gun charges scared Eminem into leaving his bad boy past behind.

The rapper narrowly avoided a custodial sentence in April 2001 when he was sentenced to probation for concealed possession of weapon outside a nightclub in his native Detroit, Michigan.

Eminem tells American gossip site PAGESIX.COM the experience shocked him into going straight: "Nothing woke me up more than standing in front of a judge, and my life is in his hands."

Now he has a new perspective on life: "I've seen the world, I've explored the world, I've travelled it, I've played in places; it's great to visit - this is where I want to live. I don't want to go to LA and get caught up in the party scene."

01/11/2004 10:49