Rapper Eminem has confessed he carried a gun during his years as a young hellraiser - after being taught how to shoot at the age of seven.
The Slim Shady hitmaker was using firearms for target practice as a child, and later carried them wherever he went.
But now he prefers to settle disputes with his fists - because he has lost so many friends and relatives to gun crime.
He says, "I went through a phase when I was pulling guns out, pointing a pistol in somebody's face, not even realising that I could've gone to jail for that s**t.
"Guns and violence have been around me my whole life - in my family life, my social life, everywhere. I've just always had a fascination with them... When I was seven-years-old I was handling my Uncle Todd's Colt. 45. He had me shooting at beer cans at that age. Sounds crazy but it's true."
But the rapper admits he has learned his lesson and does not use guns any more.
He adds: "Anyone who has a gun will tell you that at first it makes them feel powerful. I was infatuated. I don't feel that way now. I've lost too many friends, family members, loved ones to gun violence. I'd much rather use my fists."
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