Kanye West Opens Up About Trump, Slavery Comments and His Bipolar Disorder

Kanye West opened up about his recent slavery comments, President Trump, mental health, his new music and more in a long interview with The New York Times’ Jon Caramanica published Monday morning. The interview, which was conducted in the days around West’s extravagant album-release party in Wyoming late last month, found West expressing many of the same viewpoints as in his controversial recent interviews but in a calmer context; Caramanica describes him as “calm, measured, verging on beatific, and also self-aware and willing to reckon with the challenges he’d created for himself.”

While West says he’s been learning to cope with his recently diagnosed bipolar disorder — he speaks of “learning how to not be on meds” and adds, “I took one pill in the last seven days” — at one point during the interview he stops at a Wyoming clothing and purchases a “mountain” of winter clothing that fills 13 trash bags (excessive spending is a common symptom of bipolar disorder).

Regarding his affection for the president, West speaks of a sort of underground network of support within the celebrity community.

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