Rapper has been hospitalised 'for his own health and safety'

John Legend has said that he is “concerned” for Kanye West following news of the rapper’s hospitalisation.

West has reportedly been hospitalised “for his own health and safety”, said to be suffering from “severe sleep deprivation”.

In an interview with CBS’ This Morning earlier today (November 22), Legend revealed that he was with West’s wife Kim Kardashian before he was taken to hospital on Monday night (November 21).

“We were with Kim actually, you know, right before all of that,” Legend said. “I was concerned by what I saw, so hopefully he’s getting some rest and some time to figure things out”.

NBC News reports that West is currently under observation at a Los Angeles hospital after police responded to a medical welfare call yesterday. “Multiple authorities familiar with the case” say this was “for his own health and safety”. TMZ meanwhile, claims that one of Kanye’s personal doctors believed him to be suffering form ‘severe sleep deprivation’ and refused to go to hospital voluntarily, but had to be restrained for transport.

West had cancelled the remainder of his ‘Saint Pablo’ tour, after a concert in Sacramento where he controversially cut his set short after just 30 minutes following a rant about Beyonce, claiming that her husband and West’s former friend and collaborator Jay Z has the means to have him killed. He also recently caused controversy and split opinion when he admitted that he “would have voted for Donald Trump”.

Speaking to ET before the news, the rapper’s former protege Legend said of West’s decision to cancel his tour: “I’m not gonna speak out of term and speak for him. All I can [say] is what [West] said to the public – and that is he’s tired and needs some rest”.

“I think he’s been through a lot lately with what happened to Kim,” Legend added. “I think if he needs to rest, I think his fans will be patient and let him rest. He’ll come back stronger, hopefully.”

“He’s the one that signed me, he’s the one that helped discover me and help me get a record deal. I wouldn’t be where I am now without him. I am very grateful to him.”

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