Kanye West Opens Up About Suicidal Thoughts, Supporting Trump and Divorce Scare
In a recent interview with the New York Times, Kanye West gets candid about the making of his new album, his support for Trump, his controversial comments about slavery on TMZ, and the state of his mental health.
Back in 2016, Kanye West abruptly canceled 21 dates on his Saint Pablo tour after suffering from an extreme mental breakdown that left him missing in action for a year. Upon his return via Twitter, the 41-year old rapper made several problematic statements that left thousands of his fans disappointed and ready to #CancelKanye.
Kanye revealed that he battles with bipolar disorder, admitted to contemplating suicide ‘all the time.’ His wife Kim Kardashian quickly staged an intervention with motivational speaker Tony Robbins.
“He could look at me and you know, I don’t know why he mentioned suicide, but he could tell that I was very low,” he said. “Really medicated, shoulders slumped down, and my confidence was gone, which is a lot of the root of my superpower, because if you truly have self-confidence, no one can say anything to you.”
The rapper-producer is known for being outspoken. Despite everyone’s attempt to discredit his musical work due to his political beliefs, Kanye’s music is still thriving. His album ye became his eighth No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
“Half the people that are listening to the album are supposed to not listen to the album right now. I’m canceled,” he said, adding, “You’re not always going to agree, but they’re not going to leave.”
Kanye feels that as artist there are moments where you need to be ‘irresponsible.’ When asked about the TMZ newsroom debacle, he felt like it was a failure of language, not ideas:
“I said the idea of sitting in something for 400 years sounds — sounds — like a choice to me, I never said it’s a choice. I never said slavery itself — like being shackled in chains — was a choice,” he said. “That’s why I went from slave to 400 years to mental prison to this and that. If you look at the clip you see the way my mind works.”
Following that interview, things got a little awkard at home.
“There was a moment where I felt like after TMZ, maybe a week after that, I felt like the energy levels were low, and I called different family members and was asking, you know, ‘Was Kim thinking about leaving me after TMZ?’ So that was a real conversation.”
It’s very clear that Kanye isn’t too apologetic about his controversial dialogue. During the interview he also admitted that he still supports Donald Trump as President, but admits that he doesn’t “agree with all of his policies.”