Kanye West reveals that he was suicidal after the avalanche of bad press he got following his 2009 MTV Video Music Awards outburst at Taylor Swift. He was also depressed over his mom’s tragic death in 2007.
Now he has a new controversy to deal with surrounding the racy cover art for his upcoming album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
The surrealistic cover, painted by artist George Condo, shows a nude, demonically grimacing West sitting back on a couch and gripping a green bottle while a winged nude woman with a polka-dot tail straddles him.
The cover was banned in some parts of the United States due to the nudity, causing West to comment via Twitter Oct. 17:
“Banned in the USA!!! They don’t want me chilling on the couch with my phoenix!”
My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy hits stores Nov. 22. It retails for for $13.98, but you can buy it through an Improper.com special offer on Amazon.com for $11.99, a 14 percent savings. Click at left.
West, 33, made the shocking admission about his mental health, Oct. 19, on the “Ellen DeGeneres Show.” He discussed his mom Donda West’s sudden death and the fallout of his 2009 bum-rush of Swift at the VMAs to protest her win over Beyonce for best female video.
After Kanye was universally slammed in Sept. 2009 for interrupting a stunned Taylor as she was accepting the award, he left the country on the advice of his friend, rapper Mos Def.
“I left America,” West recounted. “I stopped doing music altogether. I just took some time.
“I went to Japan, just so I could get away from paparazzi altogether.
Then in November 2009 I moved to Rome and just lived there, and when I came back to the States I moved to Hawaii. I lived there for about six months and just worked on music,” he reveals.
Kanye says getting away helped him heal emotionally, not only from the bad press from the VMA outburst, but from his mom’s death.
Donda West died in Nov. 2007 at 58 from complications arising from plastic surgery.
“What was good about going away it was the first time that I got to stop since my mom had passed,” West said. “I had never stopped and never tried to even soak in what all had happened.
“It was the first time I had stopped since I had made it. Since I had started. It was time to take a break and develop more as a person, as a creator and focus more on my thoughts and my ideas and what I wanted to bring to the world.”
Despite whatever drama comes up, West says he’ll never feel so bleak and hopeless ever again.
“I will not give up on life again. There’s so many people that will never get the chance to have their voice heard: I do [my work] for them.”