Kanye West had a pretty big afternoon on TMZ’s Live show. He said several explosive and controversial things, and he also made a very personal disclosure too: he was addicted to opioids after getting liposuction, and that’s what led to his 2016 mental breakdown and his being hospitalized for a week. (At the time, E! reported it was because of exhaustion and sleep deprivation.)
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“I was drugged the fuck out, bro. I was drugged out,” West said of that time period. “I was on opioids. Two days after I got off of opioids, and I was addicted to opioids—two days I got off of opioids, I’m [makes hospital siren sound] I’m in the hospital, right? I’m taking two—hey, everybody listen to this, please—two days before I was in the hospital, I was on opioids. I was addicted to opioids.”
“I had plastic surgery because I was trying to look good for y’all,” he continued to the TMZ journalists. “I got liposuction because I didn’t want y’all to call me fat like y’all called Rob [Kardashian] at the wedding and made him fly home before me and Kim got married. I didn’t want y’all to call me fat so I got liposuction, right, and they gave me opioids, right, and I started taking two of them and then driving to work on the opioids, right? Then my boy [presumably an assistant on West’s crew], and I’d always ask my boy you know, to hand me—we on tour, give me some weed, blah blah blah, so he had to go give me the opioids and there was talk amongst my camp, ‘yeah he’s popping, yeah he’s popping pills’ right? So when he handed it to me, he said, “Mr. Ye, you know this is used to kill genius, right?” So I didn’t take it. Two days later, I’m in the hospital. I was taking two pills a day at that time.”
West finished his rant by bringing up how he believes society is too hooked on drugs, using his own experience as evidence. “When I left the hospital, how many pills [do] you think I was given? Seven! I went from taking two pills to taking seven. So the reason why I denounce—I dropped those tweets and everything, ‘cause I was drugged the fuck out, bro. And I’m not drugged out—these pills that they want me to take three of a day, I take one a week maybe, two a week. Y’all had me scared of myself, of my vision. So I took some pills so I wouldn’t go to the hospital and prove everyone right. We are drugged out. We are following other people’s opinions. We are controlled by the media and today it all changes.”
You can watch West’s rant in full on TMZ’s page.