Kanye West Opens Up About His Thoughts Of Suicide, Mental Health Issues

Kanye West was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2016.

Aug 5, 2018
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 24: Kanye West is seen, outside 1017 ALYX 9SM show, during Paris Fashion Week Menswear Spring/Summer 2019, on June 24, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/GC via Getty Images)

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 24: Kanye West is seen, outside 1017 ALYX 9SM show, during Paris Fashion Week Menswear Spring/Summer 2019, on June 24, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Edward Berthelot/GC via Getty Images)

Last week, Kanye West opened up about his thoughts of suicide on Twitter. After watching McQueen, a documentary about the world-famous fashion designer Alexander McQueen, West expressed feeling a connection with the fashion designer over their mutual mental health struggles.

McQueen tragically took his own life in 2010. Upon the discovery of his death, West provided public condolences, citing him as a genius and an angel. He had a reputation for regularly attending McQueen’s fashion shows.

In the series of recent tweets, West says he understands how McQueen felt and admits to his own thoughts of suicide. He also tweeted about how he has maintained his mental health, with the first step being removing people that depress him from his life.

This isn’t the first time Kanye West has come out about his personal struggles with mental health, but he’s done so more frequently and candidly in recent months.

Upon releasing Ye, his eighth studio album, West expressed suicidal thoughts on the album’s opening track I Thought About Killing You. The album cover even contains a handwritten phrase I hate being bipolar, its awesome.

As Complex points out, the rapper was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2016, at the age of 39. He has been open about his mental health issues since 2010, citing the use of antidepressants and opioids. Kanye West is known for using his Twitter to spark conversation about sensitive issues. 

Aug 5, 2018