Kanye West has said he has considered suicide and feared his wife Kim Kardashian West might leave him after he made controversial remarks about slavery.
The rapper caused an outcry when he appeared on gossip website TMZâs TV show saying: âWhen you hear about slavery for 400 yearsâŠ For 400 years? That sounds like a choice.â
But in a new interview with the New York Times he clarified his comments, saying: âI said the idea of sitting in something for 400 years sounds âÂ soundsÂ â like a choice to me, I never said itâs a choice.
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âI never said slavery itself â like being shackled in chains â was a choice. Thatâs why I went from slave to 400 years to mental prison to this and that.
âIf you look at the clip, you see the way my mind works.â
One of his songs on new album Ye, Wouldnât Leave, suggests the interview put his marriage at risk.
He told the newspaper: âThere was a moment where I felt like after TMZ, maybe a week after that, I felt like the energy levels were low, and I called different family members and was asking, you know, âWas Kim thinking about leaving me after TMZ?â So that was a real conversation.â
Another song on Ye, I Thought About Killing You, says he has considered suicide and West said: âOh yeah, Iâve thought about killing myself all the time.
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â KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) June 14, 2018
âItâs always an option and [expletive]. Like Louis C.K. said: I flip through the manual. I weigh all the options.â
He added: âIâm just having this epiphany now, âcause I didnât do it, but I did think it all the way through.
âBut if I didnât think it all the way through, then itâs actually maybe more of a chance of it happening.â
West also spoke about his support for the current US president, saying it was part of his refusal to filter his thoughts and constrain his thinking.
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He said: âI felt that I knew people who voted for Trump that were celebrities that were scared to say that they liked him. But they told me, and I liked him, and Iâm not scared to say what I like.
He added: âI hear Trump talk and Iâm like, I like the way it sounds, knowing that thereâs people who like me that donât like the way it sounds.â
However, questioned if he likes the sound of Trumpâs ban on people from Muslim-majority countries entering the US, he said he does not agree with all of theÂ presidentâs policies.
West also said he had felt pressured to support Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.
He said: âIt was like an arranged marriage or something. And Iâm like, thatâs not who I want to marry. I donât feel that.
âI believe that Iâm actually a better father because I got my [expletive] voice back, Iâm a better artist because I got my voice back.
âI was living inside of some universe that was createdÂ by the mob-thought, and I had lost who I was, so thatâs when I was in the sunken place. You look in my eyes right now â you see no sunken place.â