Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx can relate to music producer Kanye West who confirmed his bipolar disorder diagnosis on his new album, Ye, which was released Friday morning.

Bipolar disorder is a mental illness characterized by wild mood swings, mania, depression and suicidal thoughts.

Millions of people are diagnosed with bipolar disorder and most of them are stable on medication.

Jamie, 50, sat down with Hiphollywood.com to discuss his own experience with mental illness.

Jamie Foxx

“When [Kanye] talked about the drugs, the mental drugs, I’ve had an episode of that,” Jamie told HH exclusively. “When [Kanye] was talking about the, ‘I went in for 2 pills, and the 7 pills [he received from the hospital],’ that’s real!”

Jamie, unlike Kanye, had a strong support system to hold him down during one manic episode.

“I was lucky enough to have people, like my sister, like my family, to say yo, you can’t go out right now cuz you talking crazy,” Jamie shared.

Watch the video below, as the BET Awards host explains his experience during a scary mental health crisis.



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