Amid reports that Kanye West
is showing signs of another mental breakdown, new fears for the 40-year-old rapper’s mental health have surfaced after he fired both his lawyer and legendary music manager Scooter Braun
Scooter, who discovered Justin Bieber
when he was 12-years-old and manages him along with other stars like Ariana Grande
and Martin Garrix
, was not willing to give into the "ultimatum," according to reports.
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As fans know, Kanye recently returned to Twitter announcing the release date for five albums, which include an 7-song album from himself, Nas, Pusha T, Teyana Taylor, and a collaboration with Kid Cudi before the end of June.
With his return to Twitter
, Kanye has also been tweeting philosophical messages, supporting alt-right commenters, and allegedly claimed “Yeezy is the new Apple,” during a meeting.
His recent behavior has caused friends who are close to the rapper to be concerned. “We are all worried about his current mental health," said one source of the rapper, who has been distancing himself from his friends and team.
“He just looks at you with a void. It’s like he’s mute and can’t talk and he just stares at you. The way he says things with such affirmation, he genuinely believes he’s God and a genius and that he can do everything on his own.”
“He’ll get something in his mind — a lyric or even a phrase, and he’s so excited that he’ll send 23 texts about it at 2:30 in the morning,” the friend continues. “It’s like he has discovered a cure for cancer. He’s that excited. And what he wants from you is to acknowledge that excitement and to reflect it back to him.”
On the other hand another friend couldn’t disagree more, noting that since his 2016 hospitalization, Kanye’s actions are being seen “through a different lens.”
“I think a lot of that stuff is Kanye,” says the second source. “He’s always been like that. Kanye’s definitely the most genius and eccentric and erratic person I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing.”
“Kanye is a person who by nature just revs really high and is really active and expends a lot of energy and will work and work and work … and then hits a wall,” continues the source. “I’ve seen that a million times. I’ve seen him fall asleep sitting up, just from pushing himself, not sleeping properly. That’s part of being Kanye.”
Through it all, Kim Kardashian
has been supportive. “Kim is trying to control him and the situation, but he can’t be controlled,” said the source. “She’s trying her best to support him on social media and show a different side of things, but it’s just not working.”
“I need to be clear: everyone is safe around him,” adds the friend. “Kanye says that she’s doing great, that she’s a part of his process. He loves her very much, and he’s really excited about the kids, as well, all of them. He talks about them nonstop. So if you take what he says at face value, everything’s fine at home. But Kim is right to be concerned.”
“The truth is that people are right to be worried,” the friend ultimately discloses. “He’s not acting well, and he seems to be on the edge. I hope and pray he can get it together.”