Kanye West’s mental health has been a main topic of discussion since he expressed his support for a Black Lives Matter critic and Donald Trump in May and the star is opening up about navigating it in a new interview.
During the listening party for his album, “Ye,” in Wyoming Friday, West explained more about the state of his mental health, the height of his struggle of which the star described as a “breakthrough” rather than a breakdown.
“Think about people that have mental issues that are not Kanye West that can’t go and make that [music] … think about somebody that does exactly what I did at TMZ and they just do that at work,” West tells Big Boy TV Friday, June 1. “But then Tuesday morning, they come and they lost they job and they can’t go back and make that [music].
“That’s why God put that on me at age 40,” he continues after mentioning his viral “slavery was a choice” remark. “I had never been diagnosed until I was 39. Diagnosed with a mental condition.”
“But like I said on the album, it’s not a disability, it’s a superpower,” he adds.
Although Ye didn’t name the mental health diagnosis in the interview, he said on his new album that he suffers from bipolar disorder. The album’s artwork also confirms that as it reads, “I hate being bipolar it’s awesome.”
In response to his candidness, Ye’s fans have applauded him and his apparent new attitude.
“Kanye West Is Very Smart.”
“This is the happiest I’ve seen Kanye since before his mom past away.”
“The longest I ever seen Kanye smiling.”