Kanye West is possibly one of the most polarising characters in the imagination of contemporary culture.
He became an instant pariah after the severe backlash over his infamous comments on slavery. Amongst a litany of messy screw ups he delivered in quick succession, Kanye’s affiliation with Donald Trump’s politically regressive administration did not garner him any more public favour.
And now Ye has lifted the veil to reveal glimpses of his battle with Bipolar disorder.
The music mogul turned fashion designer got frank with David Letterman about his “health issue”, detailing his personal experience with the manic-depressive illness.
Sitting down with Letterman in his new Netflix show, My Next Guest Needs No Introduction, West recalls the moments that led to him being admitted to a psychiatric hospital.
West described the bipolar episodes in great detail.
“When you are in a state, you’re hyper paranoid about everything”, he explained. “Everyone now is an actor. Everything is a conspiracy. You see everything. You feel the government is putting chips in your head.”
“You feel everyone is trying to kill you.”
The moments of his much publicised hospitalisation were quite ‘cruel’, revealed the father of four. “They put you (down) to handcuff you. They drug you. They put you into bed and separate you from everyone you know.”
And because it’s quite an isolating experience, “when you are in that state you have to have someone you trust. It is cruel and primitive to do that.”
“I feel a heightened connection with the universe when I’m ramping up.”
The Yeezy creative designer also tackled the social stigma attached to mental disorders, which makes it harder for those who have been diagnosed.
“It’s a health issue that has a strong stigma on it, and people are allowed to say anything about it… discriminate in any way.
(It’s) like a sprained brain, like having a sprained ankle. If someone has a sprained ankle, you’re going not to push on them more. With us, once our brains get to the point of spraining, people do everything to make it worse.”
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction is now streaming on Netflix.