Kanye West wasn’t exaggerating on his new album Ye when he expressed concern his wife, Kim Kardashian, might leave him.
The hip-hop star says he really did fear his marriage was in trouble following his controversial comments about slavery and admits he’s thought about taking his own life in the past in a wide-ranging new feature by The New York Times.
Here are some of the biggest revelations from the rapper’s interview:
HE WORRIED HIS TMZ INTERVIEW WOULD COST HIM HIS WIFE
West garnered tremendous backlash last month when he suggested on TMZ Live that 400 years of slavery sounded “like a choice” to him. The fallout was apparently so intense that West wondered about the state of his marriage.
“There was a moment where I felt like after TMZ, maybe a week after that, I felt like the energy levels were low, and I called different family members and was asking, you know, ‘Was Kim thinking about leaving me after TMZ?’ So that was a real conversation,” West told The Times.
West, 40, had previously said in his new song Wouldn’t Leave, released earlier this month, that he had to “calm” down his wife after he made the slavery comments and had even “told her she could leave me now,” but she stayed with him.
HE’S THOUGHT A LOT ABOUT SUICIDE
West says he’s considered suicide, but that “thinking it all the way through” has stopped him.
Another lyric on West’s new album that can be taken literally is when he raps in I’ve Thought About Killing You that he thinks “about killing myself.”
He told The Times, “Oh yeah, I’ve thought about killing myself all the time.”
The rapper added that he thinks about it “all the way through,” acknowledging, “If I didn’t think it all the way through, then it’s actually maybe more of a chance of it happening.”
HE TRIES TO LIMIT HIS MENTAL HEALTH MEDICATION