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While premiering his new film Runaway at a reporter- and star-studded premiere screening in Los Angeles last night, the rapper revealed that he had, at one point, contemplated taking his own life.
“There were times that I contemplated suicide,” West told the crowd, adding that he is now certain, “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 it for them.”
West did not reveal when his life-taking thoughts occurred, and whether his low point came during his past tumultuous and rather media-bullied year or earlier in his life.
He did, however, reveal that he has had to bury three parental figures, including mother Donda West, in the past three years.
“Everything has been taken away from me,” the 33-year-old said. “I’m so not…scared. I so don’t care.”
West’s extremely personal disclosures came as the rapper premiered Runaway, a 35-minute mostly dialogue-free film that uses nine new Kanye songs and features model Selita Ebanks as a fallen phoenix and West himself as a griffin. Ryan Phillippe, Pete Wentz and Morgan Spurlock were among those in the audience for West’s directorial effort.