Rapper Kanye West has been hospitalized after calling off his current tour, including two shows on Dec. 30-31 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center, according to reports.
West was admitted to a hospital after the Los Angeles Police Department responded to a call Monday afternoon, according to People.com, Eonline.com and other media outlets.
It comes on the heels of an onstage rant and a truncated concert Saturday that left fans bewildered.
“The remaining dates on the Saint Pablo Tour have been cancelled,” a representative for West, 39, told E! News in a statement Monday morning. “Tickets will be fully refunded at point of purchase.”
Before the announcement, West had canceled without explanation his performance Sunday three hours before showtime at The Forum in Inglewood, California. He next had been scheduled to play the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, on Tuesday. From Nov. 23 through Dec. 31, he had 20 dates remaining, including stops in Albany, Newark, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., in addition to Brooklyn.
Late Monday, NBC News cited multiple sources when it reported that West had been admitted into a Los Angeles-area hospital. Police had responded to a medical welfare call around 1:20 p.m., according to NBC News. No criminal activity was involved, the source said, and the decision to take West to the hospital was “for his own health and safety.”
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Both E! and People magazine, citing anonymous sources, had said rumors of a mental-health issue were unfounded. Those sources said that West — who in addition to music heads his own fashion line and works with the footwear company Adidas — was suffering from exhaustion and stress, both from the rigors of his tour and dealing with the Paris robbery last month of his wife Kim Kardashian.
West did not allude to exhaustion Monday with a Facebook post that said he didn’t care if people reacted negatively to the cancellation. “I’m me,” he wrote, “& if you don’t like it i feel sorry for you.” On Sunday he had written, “Stay strong, be positive. We all struggle sometimes,” and also posted 99 fashion-related photos to his Instagram account, without explanation.
Poor sales were definitely not the reason for the cancellation. The tour was one of the top sellers of the fall, Gary Bongiovanni, editor-in-chief of industry publication Pollstar told Bloomberg News. Saint Pablo shows have grossed $30.3 million so far this year, he said. West has performed 21 shows in 13 cities, averaging $2.4 million per city.
On Saturday, West arrived 90 minutes late to his concert before 13,000 fans at the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, California. After either two songs or three, according to differing reports, the rapper began a roughly 17-minute tirade captured by multiple audience videos. In an expletive-filled stream-of-consciousness lecture, he ranted about Beyoncé and Jay Z, Mark Zuckerberg, President Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Google, radio, MTV and other entities.
In addition to canceling Sunday’s Forum concert, he had previously cut short his Nov. 3 show there, apologizing to the audience partway through the performance, saying that his voice had become too hoarse to continue.
- With newsday.com staff