Kid Cudi is opening up about struggles with his mental health.
In a clip from an upcoming episode of “Red Table Talk”, the rapper talks to Jada Pinkett Smith, Adrienne Banfield-Norris, and Willow Smith about keeping his friends out of the loop when he went through difficult times.
“I was really good at keeping my troubles hidden… even from my friends,” he say. “I really was good with that. And it’s scary because you hear people say, ‘I had no clue.’”
Willow relates to that experience, saying, “And then they feel like, ‘I want to be your friend, I want to be there for you.’ Dang, I was going through all of this and I was so unaware,” she explained. “That makes them feel like, ‘I’m not really doing my job as a friend.’”
Cudi adds that he is trying to open up more to his friends now while making sure they understand his problems aren’t on them.
“Sometimes, I let them know that it’s not their fault. It was me,” he explains. “I really went out of my way to keep what I was going through hidden because I was ashamed.”
The 34-year-old first publicly shared his experiences with severe depression and anxiety in a 2016 Facebook post announcing he was going to rehab.
If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs help, resources are available. In case of an emergency, please call 911 for immediate help. The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, Depression Hurts and Kids Help Phone 1-800-668-6868 all offer ways of getting help if you, or someone you know, may be suffering from mental health issues.