Kanye West has reportedly been hospitalised ‘for his own health and safety’, said to be suffering from ‘severe sleep deprivation’.
The ‘Yeezus’ star 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 lengthy tirade against Beyonce, claiming that her husband and West’s former friend and collaborator Jay Z had the means to have him killed. The ‘Gold Digger’ rap veteran also caused controversy and split opinion when he admitted that he ‘would have voted for Donald Trump’.
His only public activity since has been uploading 99 photos of clothing to Instagram, but now NBC News reports that West is currently under observation at a Los Angeles hospital after police responded to a medical welfare call on 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.
NME has contacted Kanye West’s representatives for a response.
Friend and fellow artist Janelle Monae has since taken to Twitter to share her support:
PRAYING FOR KANYE. PRAYING HE HAS THE RIGHT ENERGY SURROUNDING HIM DURING THIS TIME. SENDING PEACE AND LOVE. ??
— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) November 22, 2016
West has previously addressed his mental health – on the track ‘FML’ he raps: “You ain’t never seen nothing crazier than/ This nigga when he off his Lexapro”. Lexaparo is commonly used antidepressant.
In his statement against Beyonce and Jay Z, Kanye told the crowd: “Beyoncé, I was hurt! ‘Cause I heard that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year over me, and over ‘Hotline Bling.’”
“In my opinion — now, don’t go tryin’ to diss Beyoncé, she is great. Taylor Swift is great,” Kanye continued. “We are all great people, we are all equal. But sometimes, we be playing the politics too much and forgetting who we are — just to win. Fuck winning! Fuck looking cool! Fuck looking cool! Fuck being cool! Fuck all that!”
Watch fan footage of his monologue below.