'He Needs Help': Questions Over Kanye West's Mental Health and His Hopes to Get Jay Z as a Running Mate

Published July 21st, 2020 - 08:47 GMT
'He Needs Help': Questions Over Kanye West's Mental Health and His Hopes to Get Jay Z as a Running Mate
Some social media users expressed serious concern over West's mental stability and urged each other to stop mocking him. (Al Bawaba / Rami Khoury)

The US presidential race has been already getting more intense as we approach November, but Kanye West's surprising presidential bid makes it even more fierce and controversial.

Anticipation for the well-known rapper's presidential announcement a few weeks ago has gathered even more attention as he held his first election rally in South Carolina two days ago, especially after he broke down in tears, while talking about abortion, sparking a lot of online debates on whether he's mentally stable enough to run the country in case he scores enough votes.

During the rally that was described by many journalists as "chaotic and emotional," Kanye spoke passionately against abortion, stating that he's glad his wife didn't agree to abort their first child when he asked her to do it upon finding out that they were pregnant, moments before he wept over revealing that his father had asked his mother to do the same with him.

Some social media users expressed serious concern over West's mental stability and urged each other to stop mocking him or downgrading his tears and to tweet in supporting words instead, while others argued that his tears have nothing to do with his mental illness past and that they come out of "genuine grief."

While Kanye's tears on the stage dominated social media comments questioning his mental health, a series of tweets he posted last night fueled the conversation, particularly as he mentioned several celebrities, some of whom are his family members, before he removed all of the tweets.

In his tweets, Kanye claimed that his wife whom he referred to as "North's mother," Kim Kardashian, and her mother Kris Jenner "had brought a doctor to lock him up."

Additionally, the rapper insisted that the 2017 horror movie Get Out "was about him."

According to several entertainment magazines, prior to his South Carolina rally, West has told a local blogger about his hopes that the famous singer Jay Z would join his presidential campaign as a running mate.

Over the last few years, West's mental health has been a frequent subject in US local media, especially after he canceled a 2016 musical event and was admitted to the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles over a "psychiatric emergency."

In 2018, the rapper opened up about opioid addiction before the People magazine reported that "refuses to take his medications." A year later, West appeared in a YouTube interview in which he talked about his life and "having suffered of sex addiction for years."


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