Quite a few attest Kanye West (43, "Jesus Is King") self-portrayal megalomania, but the rapper's recent statements and appearances in the course of his US presidential candidacy suggest more. When the musician and businessman announced his candidacy for the US presidential election in November in early July, most of them didn't even have a weary smile. But the rapper from Chicago was serious.
Last weekend, he made headlines with a confusing appearance at his campaign event in Charleston, South Carolina. Armed with a protective vest, West spoke in tears about abortions, allegedly causing the anger of his wife Kim Kardashian West (39). This was apparently followed by several tweets from West, in which he allegedly said that his wife had tried to "lock him away". The 43-year-old's behavior caused many fans to shake their heads, but also to cause concern. Many are now wondering what Kanye West's mental illness might have to do with it.
"It is a health problem"
With his album "Ye" from 2018, Kanye West came out as bipolar, but the illness in the song "Yikes" coincided directly as "Superpower". Just last year, West spoke openly about his state of health to US talkmaster David Letterman (73) in his Netflix series: "It's a health problem. It's like a sprained brain, like having a sprained ankle," Kanye described West his illness. He emphasized at the time: "When someone has a sprained ankle, you don't push that person even more. But when our brain is sprained, people do everything to make it worse."
Is "Ye" in a manic high phase again?
Bipolar disorder, popularly known as manic-depressive disorder, is a mental illness in which euphoric high and depressive phases alternate. As an insider wants to know according to "TMZ", Kanye West is said to be in one of his manic highs, which should occur about once a year and would be expressed through limitless self-confidence, which could also explain his ambitions to become President of the United States.
Kanye West reportedly was diagnosed with the disease two years ago. The rapper said he had stopped taking the medication that had been prescribed for him for some time, because it would have restricted his creativity. West had been treated repeatedly for "sleep disorders" in the past, and his often confusing and inconsistent statements should support the diagnosis.
In an interview with David Letterman, Kanye West also stated at the time that he did not believe in treatment in a hospital. "They handcuff you, they pump you with medication, they tie you to the bed and they separate you from everyone you know," said the rapper. In such phases, he no longer trusts anyone. His paranoia then goes so far that he thinks "everyone wants to kill you".