The messages from the rapper and actor came on different days and don’t have anything to do with each other, aside from being similar in their sad tone and expressing dissatisfaction with life. Banks and Stanfield told their fans that they’re doing fine since posting those cryptic messages, and many said they were relieved.
Banks’ posts surfaced first, on Sunday, Aug. 9, and Stanfield sent his one day later.
“I think I’m done here,” wrote Banks on Instagram Stories. “This pandemic, extreme lack of social interaction, no intimacy, combined with the constant public ridicule is making life harder than its worth. I think I will end my tenure here on earth soon.”
In a separate message, Banks said that she wasn’t looking for sympathy and she’s just tired.
“I’m just ready to go. Peacefully of course. I will document my last times and release a film for you all to finally understand me from my perspective … I will try my best to finish the projects I promised I would beforehand with whatever strength Is left … I am not in pain, I am at peace.”
Many of Banks’ followers said they were incredibly worried about her and told the Harlem native not to let COVID-19 or anything else lead her down a dark, emotional hole.
The “Broke with Expensive Taste” creator responded to those messages hours later on Instagram Stories and said she was improving. But she also accused some people of being insincere.
“I’m fine, better than I was before,🧜🏾♀️” wrote Banks next to a photo of herself.
The rapper is sporting a blue wig in the photo, which covers her new bald head since she shaved off her hair earlier this month. She also uploaded a video on Instagram after posting her cryptic messages and captioned it, “Show me love when I’m up bitch, not just when I’m down.”
Similar to Banks, Stanfield posted his concerning message on Instagram and responded to a lot of people worrying.
Their concern came because the actor shared a now-deleted video on Monday, Aug. 10, that showed him pouring alcohol into a pill bottle for carvedilol, which is used to treat high blood pressure.
“I like to be by myself because i can hurt myself and no one tells me to stop or fakes like they care,” Stanfield captioned the video.
He then captioned a separate clip with the words, “Reality is boring and moves too slowly and no one is trustworthy.”
Actor Patton Oswalt from “The King of Queens” sent a tweet as a way to solicit support for Stanfield because, as he’d expressed, he had no way of reaching him.
“I have no way to contact Lakeith Stanfield directly,” wrote Oswalt. “I’ve reached out to some friends we have in common. But can someone on here who knows him PLEASE reach out to him? Like RIGHT NOW? He’s posting stuff on IG that has me worried for his well-being. Thank you.”
Stanfield responded to the concern of others on Tuesday, Aug. 11, in the wee hours of the morning and said he was fine.
“I’m ok everyone!” wrote the “Get Out” star. “I appreciate everyone checking in on me but I’m good. Im not harming myself. Much love.”
Platform PR, Stanfield’s public relations company, also sent a message about the actor’s well-being and tweeted, “Everyone! LaKeith is well. Thank you for the concern. We have spoken to him. The love you all have is appreciated.”