Kanye West’s mental health struggles have been closely captured in Netflix’s new documentary “Jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy,” in which the rapper is seen confessing to having suicidal thoughts.
The three-part documentary, directed by Chike Ozah and Kanye’s long-time friend Clarence ‘Coodie’ Simmons, has covered events over a span of 21 years. While “Act I: Vision” begins in 1998 and details Kanye’s early years of struggle, “Act III: Awakening” will see him opening up about his battles with mental health and bipolar disorder. In the third act, scheduled to start streaming on the OTT platform from March 2, the Grammy-winner discusses having suicidal urges and opens up about his Percocet (prescribed drug in the US, with opium) addiction despite having a successful music career and family.
“I already had a house, wife and kids and the plaques… but still have moments where I felt, like, suicidal, still have moments where I’m addicted to Percocet without even realizing it,” opens up the Jesus is King rapper.
The hip-hop star revealed his bipolar disorder diagnosis in his 2018 album Ye, and dealt with a very public episode of the illness after he announced his candidacy in the 2020 United States Presidential elections. In the middle of the campaign, the 44-year-old had an outburst about his estranged wife Kim Kardashian on Twitter where he accused the reality TV star and her mother Kris Jenner of being white supremacists and locking him up in a hospital.
The documentary reveals that Kanye’s mental health struggles started after he lost his mother Donda West in 2007. Donda, who shared a close bond with her musician son, died at the age of 58 from coronary artery disease and multiple post-operative factors from cosmetic surgery.
Kanye West has recently been in news for the controversy over attacking his ex-wife Kim Kardashian’s boyfriend Pete Davidson. He also issued an apology to Kim for ‘harassing’ her on social media.