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.


Photo by Roy Rochlin/Getty Images, Hiphollywood.com

  • Django the God

    Jamie Foxx was at the mall out here last week.

  • thrift.store.jungle

    this was a tough read. i like when people are articulate during interviews.

  • Oretta Grace Smith

    We know Jamie, we know!!!

  • Django the God

    Biggin' up Charlemagne.

  • ShelbyMoore

    Whatever! You guys can fall for this mess if you want. Kanye said what Kanye means. I hate you wishy washy people.

    Did he specify what type of bipolar he has? Bipolar I, II, Cyclothymic? Some are more sever than the other. Which does he have?

    I wish you guys would stop letting these loose poosay bishes and their brain dead men troll you.

  • Miss Thang

    I appreciate when people talk about mental illness. A lot of it stems from childhood trauma. My brother beats his wife but if you ask him he's totally normal and she is the one who makes him angry so it's her fault. I told him that maybe he is like that because his father basically ignored his existence but he responded that he doesn't care about that and it doesn't affect him. I suggested counseling but he refuses. My mom suggested church but he said he's not ready to go to church.

  • Miss Thang

    yea i doubt Kanye is that involved in his own recovery to know the details of his own diagnosis. He doesn't seem like he goes to therapy either.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    Chile not the same.. . you healed this one is incapable of healing. . Folks like him can not heal.. . Period... Cut the shyt nah .... Demons can not heal period .. But for those that have mental illness can heal and be a testimony to others ... Not a testimony to this demon man... Bye... He can not heal... In fact Kanya doesn't want to

  • imright

    i suggest the police

  • The Goode Queen

    Jamie, can you "open up" about Katie??

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Jamie? BOY BYE!

  • Miss Thang

    I am sad to say that it may come to that.. he's had a few close calls.

  • Trace da Ace

    Jaime....sit your goofy ass down....we all know how much you are on Kanye's nut sac....we get it....you ride or die for Ye'....damn boy.....go back to hosting Shazam...the stupidest show on fucking TV right now....smdh....

  • Pamela

    Black men with white women=Bipolar
    Coincidence? Don't think so.

  • hi-liter

    That will never happen.

  • Wreckognize Game

    Jamie sounds like you were just high and tripping. That is not the same as Kanye's mental health issue. You aren't confirming a mental problem for yourself just like you won't confirm you are dating Katie.

    I always say I am conflicted with this guy. I've met him and he was super nice but he name drops or always has a story about his famous friends.

  • Logan Roberts

    Sounds like those white women poisoning y'all ?

  • Scromes1212

    So if he doesn't specify his illness to you then it's not legit? Come on now smh

  • Merkaba morris

    Jamie and Kanye both suffer from the same thing low self esteems, they hate the blackness in themselves and they don't know who they came from , they took a oath to protect the white queen so they have went against they own souls so they will always be in chaos, .....the signed a contract to keep the masses dumbdown and mind controlled ,and all they money go back to the white people .......stop selling ur soul experience for fame and fortune Love and Light

  • Joy King

    Mental illness is real but Kanye is a fraud...period

  • Malcom Flex

    Down low bro's gotta have each other's back.

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  • Jamal Warner

    I have experienced the same thing with a family member and calling the police is not the answer unless you think they can solve his issues, which all they want to do is arrest someone. In my experience, it was up to the spouse and how they respond. The spouse has the biggest influence. If anything is going to change it's usually up to them. She has to give him an ultimatum and act accordingly if he refuses to seek help.

  • millz

    Just listened to the new Kanye West album... pretty dope... only 7 songs...very short... #2... my favorite song so far

    Kanye West

    Shit could get menacin', frightenin', find help
    Sometimes I scare myself, myself
    Shit could get menacin', frightenin', find help
    Sometimes I scare myself, myself

    Tweakin', tweakin' off that 2CB, huh?
    Is he gon' make it? TBD, huh
    Thought I was gon' run, DMC, huh?
    I done died and lived again on DMT, huh
    See, this a type of high that won't come down
    This the type of high that get you gunned down
    Yeezy, Yeezy trollin' OD, huh?
    Turn TMZ to Smack DVD, huh?
    Russell Simmons wanna pray for me too
    I'ma pray for him 'cause he got #MeToo'd
    Thinkin' what if that happened to me too
    Then I'm on E! News

    Ayy, hospital band a hundred bands, fuck a watch
    Hundred grand'll make your best friends turn to opps
    I hear y'all bringin' my name up a lot
    Guess I just turned the clout game up a notch
    See, y'all really shocked but I'm really not
    You know how many girls I took to the titty shop?
    If she get the ass with it, that's a 50 pop
    I still bring the bad bitches in the city out
    Uh, just a different type of leader
    We could be in North Korea, I could smoke with Wiz Khalifa, uh Told my wife I've never seen her
    After I hit it, bye Felicia, that's the way that I'ma leave it up

    Tweakin', tweakin' off that 2CB, huh?
    This is why your bitches fuck with me, huh
    Smash, she gon' end up on TV, huh?
    Last thing that you ever wanna see, huh
    I can feel the spirits all around me
    I think Prince and Mike was tryna warn me
    They know I got demons all on me
    Devil been tryna make an army
    They been strategizin' to harm me
    They don't know they dealin' with a zombie
    Niggas been tryna test my Gandhi
    Just because I'm dressed like Abercrombie

    You see? You see?
    That's what I'm talkin' 'bout
    That's why I fuck with Ye
    That's my third person
    That's my bipolar shit, nigga what?
    That's my superpower, nigga ain't no disability
    I'm a superhero! I'm a superhero!

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Mental illness is real, and you really do need a strong support system. Kanye West, never got help after his mother passed, so I knew he would crack one day.

  • Anji

    Saving a life comes first. Call.

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  • Bee jaay Cee

    is everyone in Hollywood bi polar?

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  • http://www.swedishsoul.com Christina Duphorn Zehnder

    I love my blackness...

  • Anunnaki

    Umm duh , most black men that love rhesus monkey vagina, suffer from same illiness, dont put this on real mental illiness this is koonitis

  • DaughterOfaQueen

    Now everybody wanna say they bipolar? You can't yell you mentally ill when you get too high or shyt don't go your way. Just saying

  • the guest

    I’m scared for your brother. So many men become criminalized felons for domestic abuse and there is help for them before it gets to that point. He and and his wife are in a comfortable bubble, where abuse and making up is normal to them. But the bubble will eventually burst. Keep trying to get him into counseling. If he can’t find sympathy for his wife, then tell him you don’t want him to become a felon.

  • the guest

    Kanye’s not a fraud. He’s a social climber.

    Sadly for him he thinks the Kardadhians are a climb up when they are really a fall down. Kanye doesn’t want to be a provider he wants to social climb via a woman who brings as much and more monetary wealth to the table. His wedding was a social climbing festival filled with people who would not talk to him if he weren’t marrying Kim Kardashian.

    That’s why Kanye wouldn’t marry Alexis or Amber. The only black woman or woman descending from a brown parent Kanye would marry is Beyoncé and there’s only one Beyoncé and she’s married to Jay Z.

    Men who social climb look down on women that are not wealthy and they worship wealthy women and prefer wealthy white women for racial status.

  • Ruth

    May ? Get him away from her before he kills her.

  • TheThrowbackBeauty

    Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome.

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    He's a sociopath. He will end up killing her. Please call the police. Cant make excuses. He won t get help because he won t feel like he needs help. Call the police

  • http://www.missjhaneuniverse.com Monday

    Most Hollywood celebs nowadays suffer from all of these sicknesses: bipolar, borderline, sociopath, psychopath, narcissist, etc... Dave use to say "what's going on in Hollywood........?" this is what is going on: feeding their insecurities with diamond, money and "yes people" ...

  • Allihave2say

    These two must be butt buddies, this is the 2nd time Jamie has come out to justify and validate Kanye's position.
    We all know that the black community is rife with people with mental illnesses that go untreated and self medicated. It's a necessary discussion. However these two men on a platform this polluted who both only seek out white women are the community leaders we need.

    Jamie really didn't say much. What was his diagnoses? Why did they feel he needed 7 pills instead of 2? Did he become addicted? Is he still in treatment? Have any of his daughters shown signs of instability? How is he helping Kanye with his condition.

    I smell a PR stank.

  • Allihave2say

    All the answers aren't in the church that's why Jesus said there's a balm in Gilead (Jeremiah 8:22). He said sick people need doctors (Mark 2:17).
    Black folks have been seeking the remedy in the church people and not following the directives of the Bible which is the root of the church.

    As a woman, a person, a family member if you love your sister, in Christ or in life you need to tell her to leave your brother. It is not of love that your brother speaks or by love that he lives. He sounds like a narcissist and may be a sociopath. One out of every 25 persons is a sociopath. An excellent book to read is the "Sociopath Next Door". Also read on Sam Vaknim and Malignant Narcissism.

  • Allihave2say

    I suggest grit ball.

  • Allihave2say

    I'm sorry doesn't sound like the calls were close enough. He needs to be arrested and she needs to leave before someone ends up dead.

  • Allihave2say

    Yes. Eyes that see. I just explained to her that he is narcissistic and a sociopath. Kids or no kids the wife (and kids) need to leave him immediately.

  • Allihave2say

    Ultimatum don't save lives. We're not talking about children or a business deal. We're talking about mental, emotional, and physical abuse. He knows he's beating her and she wants him to stop, he said he doesn't care.

  • Allihave2say

    Well… I just wrote that these two…both seek white women and both are rumored to enjoy homosexual activities.

  • Allihave2say

    We know for sure that Kanye is narcissistic and narcissists do rant and rage. I think Kanye was angry and stewing, then his pot overflowed. He couldn't handle the rejection and anger he felt and ripped a few new ones in the media. Then he needed a cover story because the promoters of that concert were on his ass about their investment flopping.

    The only way out for him was for the insurance to pay out for the damages and that required him to have a valid reason to abandon his show. In comes the mental illness and the weight gain. This had to be carried on for a period of time because the insurance companies are still watching.

    One of the reasons Kanye moved to Wyoming is because there's less frequency to run into the paparazzi, especially knowing that Kim calls them every time she & Kanye go out in public. The other reason was to get away from Kim, Kris, the kids and the rest of the Klan.

    It's always possible that Kanye does have bipolar disorder but rarely does it show up this late in life. We met the arrogant narcissistic Kanye the current Kanye is a game.

    When Kanye realized that he had put his foot in his mouth regarding TS he showed up on the red carpet with Amber and a giant bottle of liquor wearing shades and claiming that he did all that stuff because he was drunk.

    Kanye has read the articles and comments where people excused his behavior to being improperly grieved of the loss of his mother. So he latched onto that and used it in his most recent justification.

    Sorry for the rant. I have a loved one who has bipolar disorder. Before I owned daycares I worked with people with disabilities. I see through Kanye.

  • Solstice

    I have BP 2. Thank you for your post. I do wish more people would understand that all BP disorders are not the same. My mother is BP 1 and has crazy manic episodes, thinks she’s “healed” and then stops taking the meds. She’s had 5 episodes in 22 yrs since her diagnosis. When I was diagnosed I disputed the hell out that because I’ve never had mania and am the complete opposite of my mom. It was then that I learned there were different types of BP. ??

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  • Allihave2say

    BP is a hard one to catch sometimes it looks like narcissism and borderline personality disorder or can be comorbid. Some people with bipolar disorder may not have manic episodes as often or at a high magnitude than others. The important thing to remember is that when you start to feel well and better, you must continue to take your medication. Your condition isn't cured or gone, the medication manages the symptoms and their out put, that's where the feeling well comes from. If you stop taking you medicine the symptoms and problems will return.

    There are people in the world who really struggling with their mental health. I find it offensive that Kanye is using a serious matter that greatly impacts people and is still under-treated and taboo in the black community as his excuse for poor behavior. Of course, every narcissist needs narcissistic supply and Jamie is on board to promote the agenda.

  • Jamal Warner

    Which just may mean another life may be taken?

  • Jamal Warner

    It's up to the spouse how this turns out. If she stays then it unfortunately means that she may be abused. It's not always easy telling someone to leave someone even if it's abuse.

  • Allihave2say

    People can't be expected to know what no one ever taught them. Someone needs to tell her to leave. Drop the seed. Water it. Nurture it. She needs to know she can leave and be thinking about her exit plan. Sooner than later.

  • Jamal Warner

    I agree.

  • Solstice

    Well said! ??

  • Enoughsaid2020

    Thank you Sandrose for writing with an intelligent tone. Some of these sites have some real undeducated writers, if they really think the youth, or the black mind thinks the way they write. SMH!

  • anjanette b

    I know that's hard on you in ur family love. Everything going to be alright don't stress yourself out about it ????..

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Jamie is a HUGE BS'er! They both insult people battling bipolar disorder or prescription pain killers with their exploitation for PR and damage control while Kanye is setting the platform for future reviling antics!

    Some did actually cancel Kanye regardless of the many who don't care, the legions of soulless and followers!

  • Rhyme and Reason

    Thank you, people don't realize the potential danger Kanye poses using mental illness to cover his career exploits!

    You indeed nailed it, him!


    Not just counseling! He needs to be on medication!


    Thx Jaime for sharing that! Now reach out to your boy! ??

  • hottlanta

    Love Jamie and I will never forget his performance in Ray. Pure genius. I also tell women all the time if you get with a man and he wanna tie you up, beat you and make you scream during sex acts run for the hills. That ain't no love the man has serious mental issues if he thinks loving you is making you scream in pain.

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