Kanye West Reportedly Told Radio DJ That He Battled Opioid Addiction

By Kelly Burch 04/27/18

Radio host Ebro Darden says Kanye told him, "Nobody really showed love for me when I was addicted to opioids and in the hospital.”

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Kanye West’s highly publicized breakdown in 2016 may have been fueled or worsened by an opioid addiction, according to a radio host who spoke with the rapper recently. 

According to Billboard, Hot 97's Ebro Darden reported that during an off-mic conversation, West said to him, "Nobody really showed love for me when I was addicted to opioids and in the hospital.”

In 2016, West was hospitalized for temporary psychosis, which at the time his representatives said was caused by sleep deprivation and dehydration.

However, sources told TMZ at the time that West was also struggling with paranoia. Another source told People that the episode was part of a longer struggle with mental health. 

“In the past, he snapped back quickly. This has been going on for years,” the source said. “In the past when Kanye seemed to struggle, no one took it too seriously. The attitude was more like it was just Kanye being Kanye.” 

However, no one mentioned opioid addiction in connection with the hospitalization. Even after Darden reported the comment about opioids earlier this week, much more focus was given to other areas of his conversation with the rapper, including West’s continued support of President Donald Trump. 

"He said, 'I do love Donald Trump,'" Darden said.

Alongside a number of pro-Trump tweets, Kanye recently tweeted a picture of himself wearing a MAGA hat. The president expressed his gratitude for the rapper's support on Twitter.

West and Trump met in 2016 to "discuss multicultural issues” just a few weeks before West was hospitalized. Some people believed that his support of the president was part of his unpredictable behavior at the time.

However, Darden’s co-host said that it’s time for fans to accept that West is genuinely supportive of the president. 

"Biggest take away from Ebro in the Morning today ... Kanye West is still an avid Donald Trump supporter, " he tweeted. "You can process that however you like but if you’re waiting for him to say 'my bad' about his trump statements — don’t hold your breath.”

Because of the 2016 hospitalization, West canceled the remainder of his Saint Pablo tour. His insurance company—Lloyd’s of London—initially refused to cover claims related to the cancelled tour dates, saying that West had violated the substance abuse portion of his policy. 

West sued Lloyd’s of London for not paying the claims, and the insured countersued him, saying that “a preexisting psychological condition, possession of illegal drugs, prescription drugs not taken as medically prescribed, and the consumption of alcohol [rendered] the insured [Kanye West] unfit to perform.”

The claim went on to say that the insurer was not naming the specifics of West’s case "in order to protect the privacy of Mr. West from public disclosure of details of his private life." 

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