Kanye hos­pi­tal­ized af­ter scrap­ping US tour

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Rap su­per­star Kanye West was hos­pi­tal­ized on Mon­day with a "med­i­cal emer­gency" af­ter can­cel­ing his tour, two days af­ter a ram­bling on­stage tirade against fel­low artists Jay Z and Bey­once. The "Saint Pablo Tour" was set to run through De­cem­ber 31 but all 21 re­main­ing shows have been can­celed, a spokes­woman for pro­moter Live Na­tion told AFP. Hours later it emerged that West, 39, was be­ing treated at a Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, Los An­ge­les clinic, with gos­sip web­site TMZ re­port­ing that he was un­der­go­ing psy­chi­atric tests af­ter be­ing ex­am­ined for ex­haus­tion.

Mike Lopez, a spokesman for the Los An­ge­les Po­lice Depart­ment, told AFP of­fi­cers had re­sponded to an early af­ter­noon "call of a dis­tur­bance" at an ad­dress in Los An­ge­les known to be the rap­per's prop­erty. "That dis­tur­bance be­came a med­i­cal emer­gency where the fire depart­ment came and treated the in­di­vid­ual," he said, with­out nam­ing West. The mul­ti­ple Grammy Award-win­ning mu­si­cian did not im­me­di­ately make any per­sonal state­ment and his rep­re­sen­ta­tives did not re­spond to re­quests for com­ment.

Celebrity gos­sip web­site TMZ quoted an un­named source say­ing the rap­per was pulling out of the tour be­cause he was ex­hausted. "He's been work­ing around the clock on fash­ion de­sign, both his own line and the Adi­das line," the source was quoted as say­ing. Since Au­gust, West has per­formed around 40 dates in Canada and the US, rap­ping above the stage on an in­no­va­tive "float­ing" plat­form.

'Call me, bro'

He halted a gig in New York in the mid­dle of his set when he was in­formed that his wife, re­al­ity TV queen Kim Kar­dashian, had been robbed at gun­point in a ho­tel in Paris. West has not spo­ken pub­licly about the in­ci­dent but TMZ's source said time spent away from fam­ily had added to the rap­per's stress. He can­celed sev­eral dates the fol­low­ing week but made a come­back in his home­town, Chicago, and per­formed with­out in­ci­dent un­til a show in Oak­land on Oc­to­ber 22 where he de­scribed the Gram­mys as "rigged." The lat­est can­ce­la­tion fol­lowed a Satur­day night show in Sacra­mento, where West showed up an hour late and per­formed three songs be­fore be­rat­ing other artists and de­feated White House hope­ful Hil­lary Clin­ton, and cut­ting the per­for­mance short.

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