By the Jasmine Brand
In a recent interview, Kanye West opened up about being bipolar at 39 years of age. Just discovering that he does indeed suffer from a mental condition, Kanye explained how he may have said some controversial statements in the past that has gotten him in hot water, but your average person suffering from mental illness can’t exactly come back from statements like that and would usually lose their jobs. He has come to the realization that he’s very blessed indeed to be in his platform not only to make a strong comeback but also to also make a difference in the lives of others who are suffering from mental health conditions. By him speaking about his diagnosis, there’s hope that other people who have mental health conditions do not feel isolated by their diagnosis but rather empowered.
“That’s the thing it’s like I’m so blessed and so privileged because think about people that have umm have mental issues that are not Kanye West and can’t go and make that and make it feel like it’s all good. Think about somebody that does exactly what I did at TMZ and they just do that at work but on Tuesday morning they come in and they lost their job and they can’t go back and make that. That’s why God put that on me at age 40-I never been diagnosed until I was like 39 years old and stuff so God put that on me as diagnosed as a mental issue.” –Kanye West