Kanye West reveals he was addicted to opioids after getting liposuction

He also shares controversial views about slavery

Kanye West has revealed that he was addicted to opioids after getting liposuction.

West stopped by the TMZ office earlier today (May 1), appearing in a live chat – scroll below to watch highlights from that.

During the talk, West revealed that he was “drugged the fuck out” during a period where he was “addicted to opioids”, explaining that he became hooked on the drugs after being prescribed them after a liposuction procedure.


“I had plastic surgery because I wanted to look good for y’all,” Kanye told the TMZ newsroom reporters. “I got liposuction because I didn’t want you to call me fat.”

West went on to reveal that his drug intake increased after his hospitalisation in 2016. Kanye was hospitalised “for his own health and safety” in November of that year. “I went from taking to two pills [a day] to seven,” Kanye said.

Continuing to criticise pressure from the media, West added: “Y’all have me scared of myself, of my vision. I took some pills so I wouldn’t go to the hospital and prove everyone right. We are following other people’s opinions. We are controlled by the media and today it all changes.”

During the TMZ live chat, Kanye also shared controversial views about slavery. He has since clarified the comments.

“I’m a black person, a [member] of the black community, but I’m not just that,” Kanye said. “I’m always gonna represent that, but I also represent the world.”


“When you hear about slavery for 400 years, for 400 years?! That sounds like a choice,” he argued. “We’re mentally imprisoned.”

At one point, TMZ reporter Van Lathan confronted Kanye about his views, saying: “While you are making music and being an artist and living the life that you’ve earned by being a genius, the rest of us in society have to deal with these threats to our lives. We have to deal with the marginalisation that has come from the 400 years of slavery that you said for our people was a choice.”

Van added: “Frankly I am disappointed, I’m appalled, and brother, I am unbelievably hurt that you have morphed into something that is not real.”

This comes follows a big video interview between Kanye and Charlamagne. See the best bits from that here.

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