Kanye West has been displaying some erratic and disruptive behavior lately, and his personal problems have been surfacing. Canceled concerts, reported mental illness and personal relationship troubles have been the subject of media attention more than his career as a recording artist. Reports suggest that the roots of his issues go beyond his recent behavior and reasons for canceling shows, saying they are “significant enough for his insurance policy to cover the costs of the twenty-one concerts that were canceled in light of his illness.”
1010. Rage Room
According to several sources, Kanye West has his own Rage Room, where he can vent his anger and relieve stress. Commercial Rage Rooms are complete with objects to smash, so people do not harm others. The UK’s Daily Star reported Kayne’s room consists of a punching bag and CDs of artists like Kenny G, Nickelback and Maroon 5. “He much prefers his rage room as a way to deal with pent-up stress,” an insider reported to the Star. “He finds it very cathartic to smash things up.”
99. And More Angst
Kanye has been caught on tape in the past throwing fits of rage and violent tantrums. In 2013, he walked into a street sign and while in pain, lashed out at a nearby photographer. The year before, when he and Kim were dating, they ran into her ex-boyfriend, football player, Reggie Bush at a restaurant in Miami. The encounter led to Kanye approaching a photographer who was trying to take pictures of the incident. He grabbed her camera before he and Kim left the scene and left in his vehicle.
88. The Things He Has Said
Besides his impromptu rages, Kanye has said some things that may explain what some view as his egotistical behavior. He has been quoted as saying, “I am God’s vessel. But my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live.” He also said, “I will go down as the voice of this generation, of this decade. I will be the loudest voice.” And to top it off, he once stated, “People ask me a lot about my drive. I think it comes from, like having a sexual addiction at a really young age. Look at the drive that people have to get sex…”
77. Risqué Photo Shoot
Kanye was one of the decision-makers on the set of a photo shoot featuring his own clothing line, YEEZY, and a cameo appearance by his wife, Kim Kardashian. Other models scantily clad in his designs include Amina Blue and Grace Bol. The spread is captured inside the pages of Berlin’s magazine, 032c. Kanye also recently went on an Instagram binge, posting an excessive number of YEEZY collection photos.
66. Renovation Costs Mounting
The mansion belonging to Kanye and his wife, Kim Kardashian, has been undergoing extensive renovations since the Spring of 2016 and the long-term project is starting to add up. According to Kim, she has been left with covering the bill, which has amassed to upwards of $10 million. Kanye’s indecision and changes to design plans have been cited as the main reasons for the mounting costs. Throughout the ordeal, the two have not been living in the $20 million residence.
55. Concerts Cancelled
The result of Kanye’s on-stage rants was the cancellation of the remaining scheduled stops on his Saint Pablo Tour. At his November 19, 2016, show in Sacramento, California, Kanye blasted fellow musicians, Jay Z and Beyonce, and made political remarks towards Hillary Clinton. He left the stage, marking an early end to that show. Ticket buyers of the twenty-one remaining concerts on the tour, which was to end on New Year’s Eve, were to be refunded.
44. Rumors Of Divorce
Rumors of a divorce between Kanye West and Kim Kardashian have been mounting, but only the couple know the truth of their relationship. Sources site Kanye’s anger management issues, or lack thereof, for putting the most strain on the marriage. They also suggest he is over-protective of Kim and does not like the attention she gets from the paparazzi. He also apparently does not like when others make fun of him, something which only ignites his rage.
33. Marriage Issues
At the time Kim was robbed at gunpoint in Paris on October 3, 2016, a large sum of her jewelry worth millions of dollars was stolen. The event left her shaken and put a strain on their marriage. Constant arguments ensued, according to insiders, and have been building up. Those on the outside perhaps see it as a precursor to Kanye’s concert tour cancellation, mental break-down and admittance to the UCLA Medical Center.
22. Kim’s Support At Hospital
Despite their relationship difficulties, Kim has been staying at Kanye’s bedside during his hospital stay. Insiders say she has primarily been with him since the Monday before Thanksgiving but planned on spending dinner with her family. “Kim is by his side now and will stand there till everything gets better,” said an E! News insider. “Their time together was just about support. “Kim was concerned that he may have been taking on too much with all these shows,” the insider explained.
11. Thanksgiving Spent In Hospital
Kanye was admitted to hospital on Monday, November 21, 2016, after canceling a string of concerts. He was approached by the Los Angeles Police Department and the call went from a potentially criminal incident to a “medical emergency.” Kanye has been observed by Dr. Michael Farzam at UCLA Medical Center, who said the call he received revealed Kanye was suffering “from temporary psychosis due to sleep deprivation and dehydration.” He has reportedly kept his whereabouts from his two young children, who were told he was on a trip.