Kanye West's struggles with mental health have been well documented. It now appears the rap superstar had an even bigger battle to fight: opioid addiction.
He Was Really Messed Up
The fashion designer and self-proclaimed artistic genius revealed his struggle during an episode of TMZ Live. West discussed going to meet then President-elect Donald Trump in December 2016 and explains what kind of head space he was in at the time.
"I was drugged the f**k out, bro!" he exclaims.
The father of three went on to explain how he became addicted to opioids that were prescribed to him by a doctor following a liposuction surgery. West took more pills during his infamous Saint Pablo Tour, which was cut short in November 2016 following the rapper's hospitalization.
He went on to rail about how America as a country is too drugged up, and complained about the amount of meds he was prescribed.
The rapper underwent lipo because he was afraid to look fat in the eyes of the media, as his brother-in-law Rob Kardashian did. He underwent the procedure even knowing his late mother died of heart disease following a plastic surgery procedure back in 2007.
He's Through The Worst Of It Now
West may have been struggling back then, but he feels like he's come through the other side now, as he told iHeartRadio in an interview Tuesday, May 2.
"I think I'm in a stronger place than I ever was after the breakdown, or I like to say the breakthrough," he explained.
Echoing some of his recent, slightly nutty Tweets, the rapper blamed fear, stress, manipulation, and being controlled for putting him on the wrong path.
"[I felt like] a pawn in a chess piece of life. [I was] stressing things that create validation that I didn't need to worry about as much. The concept of competition, and being in competition with so many elements at one time," he said.
He went on to blame lack of radio play for the 2016 album The Life of Pablo on the incident with Taylor Swift, which derailed his career starting from the 2009 VMAs. West also pointed to the Paris robbery of wife Kim Kardashian as a source of major undue stress.
He's Isolating Himself From Others
The rapper described his 2016 hospitalization as traumatizing, particularly when he woke up alone and completely out of it. He's currently on prescribed medication but claims it's the better of two evils.
West described the world as his therapist, which might go some way towards explaining his recent Twitter rants. He wants to change the stigma of the word "crazy," also, even in spite of his social media personality.
Multiple sources have expressed concern for West's recent erratic behavior, which saw him alienating fans over his vocal support of President Trump.
The rapper has reportedly cut off contact with most of his inner circle, including longtime managers, lawyer, and close friends.