Kanye West Opens Up About Bipolar Diagnosis And Talks Mental Health In The US
"That’s why I said on the album, ‘It’s not a disability, it’s a super power.'”
Kanye West has opened up about living with bipolar disorder and revealed that he wasn’t diagnosed with the condition until he was 39-years-old.
The rapper made reference to his mental health on the cover of new album Ye, which featured an image shot on a camera phone with the phrase: “I hate being Bi-Polar it’s awesome” written across the landscape in his own handwriting.
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Ye has now compared the condition to having a “super-power,” teling radio host Big Boy: “I’m so blessed and so privileged because think about people that have mental issues that are not Kanye West, that can’t go and make that [music] and make you feel like it’s all good.
He continued: “I’d never been diagnosed [as bipolar] and I was like 39 years old… That’s why I said on the album, ‘It’s not a disability, it’s a super power.'”
In the same discussion, Kanye revealed that celebrities have a responsibility to use their platform to promote change.
“Think about people who have mental issues that are not Kanye West...think about somebody that does exactly what I did at TMZ but they just do it at work. Then Tuesday morning they come back and they lost their job.”
This comes after wife Kim Kardashian encouraged fans to stop making snap judgements about her husband’s mental health after he came under fire for a series of pro-Trump tweets.
"Your commentary on Kanye being erratic & his tweets being disturbing is actually scary," she wrote in April. "So quick to label him as having mental health issues for just being himself when he has always been expressive is not fair.”