Rapper CupcakKe has been taken to hospital by police after sharing a suicidal tweet on Monday night.
The 21-year-old Chicago native posted the alarming message on Twitter, telling her fans that she was about to commit suicide. She later shared the same tweet in a now-deleted Instagram post.
After an outpouring of love and concern for the rapper — real name Elizabeth Harris — comedian Elijah Daniel confirmed that she was taken to a hospital by the Chicago Police, whom he had contacted with his concerns.
Daniel, a close friend of the “Quiz” hitmaker, said that he was “relieved and sad at the same time”:
“Officers went out a few times to check on Elizabeth,” the Chicago Police Department told BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat. “Once they got in touch with her, they took her to hospital – not for her injuries – but for a mental evaluation.”
CupcakKe updated fans on her condition via Twitter on Tuesday night. “I’ve been fighting with depression for the longest [time]. Sorry that I did it public[ly] last night, but I’m okay,” she tweeted. “I went to the hospital and I’m finally getting the help that I need to get through, be happy, and deliver great music. Thanks for all the prayers but please don’t worry about me.”
Harris received thousands of messages of support from fans and fellow musicians, including Iggy Azalea, Lizzo, and Charli XCX, whom Harris collaborated with on the track “Lipgloss” in 2017.
Harris, under her CupcakKe stage name, is mostly known for her explicit lyrics and songs about female sexuality and body positivity, but she also touches on darker topics in her music, including suicide, in the powerful 2016 track “Pedophile”.
“The world should know it, so that the next girl will know how to deal with it when the situation comes to her. I’m not the only one who has to deal with that situation; I know it’s many, many girls.”
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.