Kid Cudi, the rapper who has won an avid fan base for his versatility and sensitivity, has entered treatment after revealing a long struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts.
Writing late Tuesday on Facebook, Kid Cudi said he felt ashamed before fans who looked up to him but could not hide the “ragin’ violent storm inside my heart at all times.”
On Monday “I checked myself into rehab for depression and suicidal urges. I am not at peace. I haven’t been since you’ve known me,” he said.
“If I didn’t come here, I would’ve done something to myself. I simply am a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions everyday of my life,” he wrote.
His disclosure quickly became a major topic on social media, with the overwhelming majority of people voicing compassion for the rapper whose real name is Scott Mescudi.
Kid Cudi said that his upcoming album, Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin, was still on track to come out this month but that he would step back from promotion of it.
The rapper said he hoped to return to public in time to perform on November 5-6 at ComplexCon, a new cultural festival in California whose designers include leading Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami and star songwriter Pharrell Williams.
Kid Cudi had his start in the late 2000s as his underground, introspective style of hip-hop gained the attention of rap superstar Kanye West, who became his mentor and later credited Kid Cudi with influencing his own work.
With a vocal delivery that swings from rapping to expressive singing, Kid Cudi has won a passionate following among young people and especially among stoners, although he has recently stepped back from his earlier identification with the marijuana lifestyle.
The 32-year-old rapper has also increasingly pursued side careers as a fashion model and actor in films and television series.
Support poured in for Kid Cudi online:
This is the man who's music I fell I love with & found a purpose to life. Love to you Scott Mescudi. https://t.co/0DS7SluCJE— Christopher White (@_ChrisWhite3) October 5, 2016
Dear Kid Cudi,— NUFF$AID (@nuffsaidNY) October 5, 2016
God bless you for opening up about your depression. See your therapist & turn off Social Media. You owe us no explanation.
Kid Cudi has given us so much from his dark place. So much beauty of sound has come from his shadowed reality. It's a twisted irony.— Letty (@Letty) October 5, 2016
Oh my God. Everyone please pray for Kid Cudi. 🙏🏾 pic.twitter.com/O099WwA6Ji— Stephen Dacres (@SRDtv) October 5, 2016
the fact that Kid Cudi was ashamed and said sorry for being depressed says a LOT— #PrayersForKidCudi🍒 (@bbyvegan) October 5, 2016
kid cudi's music changed my life as teen and to hear he is suffering from the same thing he saved his fans from is heartbreaking man— ~_~ (@Anthonyfrfr) October 5, 2016
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