On the same day he cancelled his Saint Pablo concert tour, Kanye West has reportedly been hospitalised and put under observation.
Quoting “police sources,” TMZ report that West, 39, was admitted to UCLA Medical Centre for a psychiatric evaluation at 1.20pm Monday local time.
They add that he did not want to be admitted to hospital, however, a representative for the father-of-two, who asked not to be named, told The New York Times the call had come from the his doctor and he was taken willingly.
NBC News add that “no criminal activity was involved” and the decision to hospitalise West was “for his own health and safety”.
The Los Angeles Fire Department could not confirm whether West was involved for legal reasons, but their spokesperson told Rolling Stone: “At 1.20 pm today, the Los Angeles Fire Department responded to an unspecified medical aid request in the 900-block of North Laurel Avenue. An adult male described as medically stable was taken to an area hospital for further assessment.”
Before reports emerged of West’s hospitalisation, his mother-in-law and Keeping Up with the Kardashians matriarch, Kris Jenner, told reporters on the red carpet at The Angel Ball on Monday night in New York that West was “exhausted”.
Earlier in the day, the rapper cancelled all 21 dates of his current tour Saint Pablo, a day after backing out of his Los Angeles show at the last minute.
“Tickets will be fully refunded within 5-7 business days,” promoters Live Nation tweeted.
Known for his outrageous comments and erratic behaviour, the rapper caught attention at a gig in Sacramento on Saturday, where he performed just three songs, before venting in a 20 minute tirade, singling out Beyonce, long-time friend Jay Z, Mark Zuckerberg, Google and Hillary Clinton.
“Beyonce, I was hurt because I heard that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year [at the MTV Music Awards] over me and over Hotline Bling. Now, don’t go trying to diss Beyonce. She is great. Taylor Swift is great. We are all great people. We are all people. But sometimes we be playing the politics too much and forgetting who we are just to win. F— winning. F— looking cool. F— being cool,” he said.
“I been sent here to give y’all my truth, even at the risk of my own life, my own success, my own career,” he added.
He then pleaded with his Watch the Throne partner Jay Z to reconnect with him: “You still ain’t called me. Jay Z, I know you got killers. Please don’t send them at my head. Please call me. Talk to me like a man.”
West has previously said that Jay Z did not get in touch following the Kim Kardashian West robbery in Paris on October 3 when she was held at gunpoint by five men dressed as policemen.
He learned of the incident while performing in New York and abruptly left the stage citing a “family emergency” to fly to Paris to be by her side.
The reality TV star and entrepreneur has been keeping a low profile ever since, staying off all social media platforms. It is believed that she had planned to make her first official public appearance on Monday night at The Angel Ball that honoured her late father, Robert Kardashian, alongside her mother and sisters Kourtney and Khloe but decided against it once word emerged about her husband’s condition.
The pair have two children together North, three, and Saint, 11 months.
West has often opened up about his struggles with mental health.
Most recently on song Feedback from new album The Life of Pablo, he repeatedly raps, “I been outta my mind a long time… Name one genius that ain’t crazy.”
After his mother Donda West, 58, passed away in November 2007 following complications from cosmetic surgery, he sang in his 2012 hit, Clique: “Went through deep depression when my mamma passed / Suicide what kind of talk is that.”
In 2010, he also spoke about times when he “contemplated suicide”, before adding: “I will not give up on life again. There’s so many people that will never get the chance to have their voice heard. I do it for them.”
Fairfax Media has asked a representative for Kanye West and Kim Kardashian West for comment.
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