Kanye West gets candid about his mental health diagnosis at age 40

Kanye West performs onstage during the 2012 BET Awards at The Shrine Auditorium

While everyone was going insane for his latest album at the Wyoming listening party, Kanye West took some time out to sit with radio host Big Boy for an intimate interview.

The cover image shows snowy mountains in the distance behind the words: "I hate being Bi-Polar its awesome".

Much of Ye - Kanye's nickname - feels raw, personal and up-to-the-minute, the album cover-shot having been taken on an iPhone as a private listening party and album streaming session was being set up last Thursday in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

Kanye's album Ye is now number one in 41 countries.

He didn't organise a big photoshoot or commission some convoluted graphic; the rapper just pulled over to the side of the road and captured nature.

Kanye reportedly spent $85,000 (£63,600) to acquire a photo of Whitney Houston's bathroom.


Genius: Kim Kardashian West wrote on social media, 'Kanye shot the album cover on his iPhone on the way to the album listening party'. But you can't deny that you'd all upload the ye picture to Instagram if you were passing through Wyoming.

In the seven-track album, he made several references to mental illness, like in the opening track "I Thought About Killing You", with lines like, "Today I thought about killing you", and, "That's my bipolar shit what/that's not a disability that's my superpower/I'm a superhero". On the track " Yikes , " West's lyrics state, "That's my bipolar shit", adding, "That's my superpower.ain't no disability".

Read his full response below, where he touches on the viral moment when he went to the TMZ offices and said slavery was a choice. "It was just too sensitive".

"I'm so blessed and so privileged because think about people that have mental issues that are not Kanye West, that can't go and make that [album] and make it feel like it's all good".

"I think it came from me just going against mass opinion and I was able to find my voice", he said. "Then Tuesday morning they come back and they lost their job".

"That's why God put that on me at age 40".

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