Kanye West Reveals He Was Diagnosed With A 'Mental Condition’ At Age 39
4 June 2018, 16:02 | Updated: 4 June 2018, 16:05
“It’s not a disability. It’s a superpower.”
Kanye West has opened up about his struggles with mental health, admitting that he was diagnosed with a 'mental condition' at age 39.
The rapper debuted his new album 'ye' last week during a star-studded listening party in Wyoming, where he spoke to radio personality Big Boy about his diagnosis during a sit-down interview.
“I had never been diagnosed until I was like 39 years old,” said the Chicago native, before clarifying that he was “diagnosed with a mental condition.”
"Like I said on the album, it’s not a disability, it’s a superpower.” While West didn't label the condition, he does reference bipolar disorder on the new album.
The artwork reads “I hate being bipolar it’s awesome" in a handwritten scrawl, set against a backdrop of the Wyoming mountains. He also references the condition on new song 'Yikes'.
“That's why I f**k with Ye / That's my third person / That's my bipolar s**t, n***a what? / That's my superpower, n***a ain't no disability / I'm a superhero, I'm a superhero."
Elsewhere during the interview, the father-of-three said that despite his mental health, he felt “so blessed and so privileged" to have been able to bounce back from his controversial TMZ commentary.
“Think about people that have mental issues that are not Kanye West, that can’t go and make that [an album] and make it feel like it’s all good."
He added: "Think about somebody that does exactly what I did at TMZ ... at work ... and they [lose] their job ... That’s why God put that on me at age 40."
Meanwhile 'ye', West's eighth - and shortest - studio album, occupies the top 7 spots on the U.S. Apple Music and Spotify Charts following it's debut.