Ryan Seacrest says that “things are going better” for Kanye West now that he’s taken some time off and is living separately from Kim for a while, Yahoo News is reporting.
Kanye had a bad 2016, to put it mildly, and on November 20, things came to a head. After a series of public mental breakdowns, authorities “persuaded” Yeezy to go to the hospital for undisclosed mental health treatment. On November 30, Kanye was released, according to CNN, but he’s still taking some off from being Kanye West and is living apart from his wife and family for the time being.
— Complex (@Complex) December 3, 2016
Ryan Seacrest, who has long been a friend of the family to Kim & Kanye, says that taking some time off has been the right move for Kanye.
“I’ve spoken to Kim. I’ve not spoken to Kanye, but I think that things are going better now.”
Ryan also put to rest another rumor that’s been going around – that Kanye’s hospitalization and his separation from Kim has put a halt to the production of their reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Not true, says Seacrest.
“There have been some reports that we halted production. We did stop for a little bit, briefly, after the Paris incident, but since then we’ve been back in full production.”
The “Paris Incident,” as Ryan calls it, seems to have been the beginning of West’s mental health issues.
According to an October 7 People report, Kim was in Paris for Fashion Week, staying at the tony No Address Hotel, when armed robbers forced their way past hotel security and robbed Kim at gunpoint. The robbers reportedly held a gun to her head and tied her wrists; Kim would later say she feared being raped or even killed. Fortunately, Kim was unharmed, and the robbers made away with $10 million worth of jewelry.
Needless to say, learning that one’s wife was assaulted and robbed is going to be hard for anyone to take, and it seems to have hit Kanye particularly hard.
— BallerAlert (@balleralert) November 28, 2016
No long after Kim’s robbery, Donald Trump was elected president, putting the music industry into shock mode. Kanye, already reeling from Kim’s Paris ordeal, had a public meltdown on stage. As Rolling Stone reported at the time, Kanye was rocking a San Jose crowd when he stopped the show to go on a 25-minute political rant in which he told the crowd that he would have voted for Donald Trump, if he had bothered to vote.
“[Voting for Trump] don’t mean that I don’t think that black lives matter; that don’t mean I don’t believe in women’s rights; that don’t mean that I don’t believe in gay marriage. This world is racist, OK? Let’s stop being distracted to focus on that as much. It’s just a f*****g fact: We are a racist f*****g country, period.”
Days later, Kanye was in the hospital, being treated for an undisclosed mental illness, the rest of his “Saint Pablo Tour” dates canceled.
Kanye’s step-brother, Hal Carmichael, spoke to The Sun, saying he believes Kanye was just overwhelmed by the stress of his exhausting tour schedule, coupled with the fallout from his wife’s trauma.
“No one thought Paris would happen in a million years and now he’s seen it happen to Kim, it’s traumatizing. [Yeezy] is tired, he’s hurt, he feels betrayed and he’s probably feeling depressed.. I think Kanye got to a point when he was fearing for his life and for his family’s safety because of what went down in Paris – I think it took a toll on him.”
As of this writing, it is not clear when or if Kanye West plans to rejoin his family and go back on tour.
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