NF, whose real name is Nathan John Feuerstein, reportedly had a very turbulent upbringing, but did he share it with siblings?
NF has siblings. While there’s not much information available regarding them, he does indeed have two sisters. He is the eldest of all three siblings and has worked to keep them out of the limelight as he grew.
Read on to learn more about NF’s family life.
NF: The Early Years
Nathan John Feuerstein, aka NF, has been very open about his upbringing. He’s spoken candidly about the troubles he went through, growing up in Michigan with his sisters. His struggles are well documented, with NF using them as inspiration for music.
In interviews, NF has explained that music was an escape as he grew up. He began writing and performing rap songs, in private, from an early age. He took inspiration from Eminem, and his style has since been compared to his many times over.
While he’s been labeled a Christian rapper, owing to part of his upbringing, he refutes this label. Despite his claim that he isn’t a Christian rapper, his tracks have found success in the genre. In a 2019 video on YouTube, NF talks about God, and how he isn’t a Christian rapper.
As he and his sisters grew up in Michigan, they became subject to considerable hardship. Their parents divorced when they were very young. Their mother had developed an opioid addiction, something which plagued her throughout her children’s early lives.
She began falling in with the wrong crowd, and attracting the wrong kind of people. There was a boyfriend who started coming around, who would allegedly abuse NF and one of his sisters physically.
It’s extremely rare to see NF with his siblings, but an older picture surfaced on Pinterest some years ago. The image shows NF with his two sisters, most likely at a wedding or prom event, as they are all finely dressed.
These events were detailed in a song by NF, released in 2017. As a result of the abuse, NF and his sisters were sent to live with his estranged father. They essentially cut all ties with their mother and her atrocious influences as she continued along her path.
When NF was eighteen years old, his mother died of a drug overdose. Although they were separated, this broke NF emotionally for a time, and he himself entered a depression. He’s addressed these events in other songs, as is his style.
When NF found success, it wasn’t without further struggle. In the early years of his career, he began struggling emotionally. In an interview with NME, he explained that he began questioning his life. He was doubting himself and his abilities, and had to begin therapy sessions.
He went on to be diagnosed with OCD, and explains: “I was so mentally in a bad place.” His music alludes constantly to his feelings of powerlessness and struggle. Almost ten years after the death of his mother, NF still used music as a deeply emotional outlet.
NF married his partner, Bridgette Doremus, in 2018. In a strange twist of coincidence, it was reported that her father had committed suicide some years prior. He’d died from an overdose of drugs, the same way NF’s mother had.
His music continues to reach out to people who have or are living a life similar to his. In an interview, NF explained: “I’ve had kids come up to me at shows with tears streaming down their face as they tell me how much they can relate to the songs, which is really sad to hear about the issues they are dealing with as well.”
It’s these kinds of comments that help set NF apart from other hip-hop artists. He mostly maintains a clean image, supports his fans, and is empathetic. While he has denounced the Christian rapper label, he did explain that he has a “strong bond with God”.