ELON Musk appears to be reconsidering his support for Kanye West's presidential run amid fears the rapper is in the midst of a “serious bipolar episode”.
The Tesla CEO gave the musician his “full support” when he declared his intention to join the 2020 race for the White House last week.
However, Kanye has since given a four hour interview to Forbes in which he supported anti-vaxx conspiracy theories and said Planned Parenthood carried out the “devil's work.”
Following the interview, PayPal co-founder Musk was asked on Twitter if he still supported West, to which he replied: “We may have more differences of opinion than I anticipated.”
Kanye told Forbes that he wanted the SpaceX mogul to head up America's space program if he was to beat Joe Biden and sitting president Donald Trump.
Yesterday, sources close to West told TMZ that he is in the midst of a manic episode caused by bipolar disorder – a condition which the musician has spoken openly about in the past.
The report says the father-of-four usually has a serious bout “once a year”, and claims this is what has prompted his unconventional statements in the past week.
His recent behaviour has left his family “worried” but they remain confident his condition will stabilize as it has in the past, the report claims.
Symptoms of bipolar disorder
- Depression – feeling very low and lethargic
- Mania – feeling very high and overactive
- Extreme episodes can last for several weeks or even longer.
During a manic phase of bipolar disorder, a person may:
- Feel very happy
- Have lots of energy, ambitious plans and ideas
- Spend large amounts of money on things you cannot afford and would not normally want
- Not feel like eating or sleeping
- Talk quickly
- Become annoyed easily
- They may feel very creative and view the manic phase of bipolar as a positive experience.
- But they may also experience symptoms of psychosis, where they see or hear things that are not there or become convinced of things that are not true.
Sun Online could not immediately confirm TMZ's claims.
In 2016, Kanye was hospitalised after a "psychiatric emergency" which forced him to cancel 21 concert dates.
Last year, the rapper told David Letterman about his diagnosis and the paranoia he feels during a serious episode.
He said: “When you’re in this state, you’re hyper-paranoid about everything.
“Everyone – this is my experience, other people have different experiences – everyone now is an actor.
“Everything’s a conspiracy. You feel the government is putting chips in your head. You feel you’re being recorded. You feel all these things.”
In April last year, the musician's wife Kim Kardashian admitted her husband won't take his medication – but says she knows how to handle his "episodes".
She told Vogue: “I think we’re in a pretty good place with it now.
“It is an emotional process, for sure. Right now everything is really calm. But we can definitely feel episodes coming, and we know how to handle them.
“For him, being on medication is not really an option, because it just changes who he is.
"Travelling a lot does set it off, so he doesn’t travel as much as he used to."
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