Legendary American rapper Lil Wayne opened up about his history of struggling with mental health and even attempting suicide as a child, in a new interview with Emmanuel Acho for his series Uncomfortable Conversations. Wayne says he came into the interview with the explicit goal of helping any of his fans struggling with mental health problems.
As for Wayne, the first realized he dealt with mental health issues as a kid, around 10 when he was told he couldn’t have what he wanted, what he dreamed of and what he desired, and that was to rap. “I was willing to die for it,” says Wayne.
After that, the 38-year-old reflected on a time when he was 12 years old. His mother had found out he was lying about school, and he knew he was about to get punished. Before his mother could get home, he got her gun and held it to his chest and pulled the trigger. While the gun wasn’t loaded, Wayne says he fainted from shock.
The new conversation with Acho isn’t the first time that Wayne has publicly spoken about his mental health. In 2016, on a song by Beyonce’s sister, Solange’s song, “Mad,” he said, “When I attempted suicide, I didn’t die.”
Check out Wayne’s new interview below:
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