Rapper and actor Kid Cudi is receiving a wave of support from fans after announcing this week that he has checked himself into rehab to combat depression and suicidal urges.
“It’s been difficult for me to find the words to what I’m about to share with you because I feel ashamed. Ashamed to be a leader and hero to so many while admitting I’ve been living a lie,” Cudi wrote in a Facebook post Oct. 4.
Cudi is an acclaimed artist with a Grammy and several MTV awards under his belt, as well as appearances on film and television. His sixth studio album, “Passion, Pain & Demon Slayin’” is set to be released this month and the rapper said it is still set to hit stores. However, the rapper said he will not be around to promote the album as he focuses on his mental health.
Cudi’s revelations have prompted a surge of support from the online community, including from many Black men who addressed their own battles with mental illness through the hashtag, #Yougoodman.
“Your mental health and wellbeing is important. You do not owe us an apology, we owe you a thank you for being strong enough to do what’s best for you and your family before 2016 saw yet another legend fall. Get better soon,” Facebook user Jonny Beltor said to the rapper.
“Black men feel anxiety. Black men feel depression. Black men feel sadness. Black men feel rage. Black men feel and that’s ok. #YouGoodMan,” said Twitter user Jeffrey Allen.
“I cry to sleep some nights, other nights I don’t sleep. It’s Not demons…Not ‘white folk problems;’ it’s an illness. Ur not alone #YouGoodMan,” another user posted.
Life coach Antoine K. Garrett encouraged, “Depression is always carrying an invisible backpack full of fears, failures, flaws and false images. Unpack your backpack. #YouGoodMan.
by Zenitha Prince for AFRO