Wale is stepping away from his social media channels as he focuses on healing from a mystery illness that he said has made him “extremely sick.”
The “Lotus Flower Bomb” rapper, 36, gave a startling update on his health via Instagram stating that he’s been under the weather since Saturday, July 3, and would be turning his social media channels over to his management to handle while he recovers.
Without offering any details about what has him “out of commission,” the “Bad” artist hinted that whatever is ailing him isn’t minor. “I am out of commission,” he wrote. “I been extremely sick since Saturday I’ve missed many calls and texts.. Thank you to everybody who called wit genuine concern. I ain’t sure how long I’ll be down but this sh-t ain’t slight…”
Wale went on to promise his fans that he’ll return to social media as soon as possible. “Soon as I can come back strong I’ll be back strong,” he continued. “As for now management will run my socials. Much love see y’all soon.”
Throughout his career, Wale has spoken openly about his struggles with mental health, including anxiety and depression. “Depression and anxiety is a real thing, man,” Wale said during a 2019 interview with “The Breakfast Club.” “Even on ‘’Wow… That’s Crazy,’ I talk about it, but I like to package it differently. I hate saying the words ‘mental illness.’ I hate it.”
The rapper feels that record labels should take a larger responsibility for their artists’ mental health because of the emotional roller coaster that comes as the price of fame. “People live their life for this, and lose their life because of it,” Wale said. “All of your failures are magnified by 100 because everybody’s watching you.”
“There needs to be a relationship between the mental health agenda and entertainers,” he explained. “It doesn’t have to be mandatory, but I definitely think they [record labels] should help.”