Eminem tells of his gun phase

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. " - Wenn.