Eminem and Ed Sheeran document the ups and downs of a relationship in “River.”
Eminem is no Casanova. Though he does seem to possess a scholarly insight into love, he has frequently professed a disdain for monogamy and intimacy, among other essentials to a healthy relationship. He wears his heart on his sleeve where his personal life is concerned, and a timeline of his love life can be established by a simple analysis of his discography. From “Kim” to “The Warning” to “Love The Way You Lie” to “Bad Husband,” Eminem’s tumultuous relationship with love is well documented.
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Enter the “River” visuals, which emerge as a culmination of all his woes and reservations. Cut from the same cloth as the Dominic Monaghan and Megan Fox fronted “Love The Way You Lie,” “River” finds Eminem and Ed Sheeran dabbling in the theatrics themselves. Em even partook in a clever bit of guerrilla marketing, a home-made self-recorded “selfie” video that had plenty thinking Eminem was nursing a new flame. That dream died before it ever blossomed; I guess art imitates life after all.