Kid Cudi suffered a stroke two weeks after checking himself into rehab for mental health in 2016, the rapper revealed interview published on Wednesday.
Speaking to Esquire magazine 38-year-old musician and actor recalled spending a few months in physical therapy to recover from a stroke that hospitalized him and slowed his movement and speech. After the medical event, Cudi’s manager and childhood friend Dennis Cummings encouraged him to take a break from music.
“Everything was f—,” Cudi, whose real name is Scott Mescudi, told the Clover Hope reporter.
The The “Pursuit of Happiness” hitmaker It wasn’t until the following year, when he auditioned for the Broadway law enforcement play “Lobby Hero,” that he fully came into his own. While preparing to read with Michael Cera for the project, Cudi had to memorize a hefty amount of dialogue. Although she didn’t end up getting the part, the Grammy winner credits the experience with helping her recover from a stroke.
“I proved to myself that I could do it. I needed it then,” he said. “I was happy. Like damn, my brain is still going strong. I didn’t lose anything in that – it happened.”
In 2016, Cudi announced on Facebook that he was going to rehab “for depression and suicidal urges”. At the time, the “Man on the Moon” artist had just come off a two-week cocaine binge and realized he had an unhealthy relationship with making music, which had become a coping mechanism.
Cudi’s mother, Elsie Mescudi, also opened up to Esquire about praying with her son and visiting him every day in rehab.
“The hardest thing I ever had to do was wait until they were ready for him to call me,” she said.
“It was the best thing that could have happened to Scott. … There is no saying, ‘My child is not doing this. My child won’t do that.’ … You don’t know what they’re going to do from one moment to the next, and certainly when you get to the point where your career blew up overnight, it’s a very difficult thing.
In recent years, Cudi has become somewhat of a mental health advocate. Earlier this year, the disc jockey was invited to speak at a Youth Anxiety Center event where he discussed his withdrawal and depression. Last year, entertainment groups in his documentary “A Man Named Scott” described him as a champion of emotional well-being who inspires other people to be vulnerable through his work.
“It’s a lot of pressure, but it keeps me alive,” Cudi said of his position as a mental health advocate. “It doesn’t stress me out. … It makes me think, ‘No, Scott. You have to be here. Let old age take you out.'”
“I can actually say at 38 that I love myself,” she added. “And I couldn’t have said that six years ago. I can say it now with confidence and really believe it, and it shows.”
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