A Timeline of Kanye West's Behavior Leading Up to His Hospitalization

Rapper hospitalized for mental health

By Kendall Fisher Nov 22, 2016 8:51 PMTags

Kanye West was hospitalized Monday evening as a preventative measure for his own health and safety.

The rapper was admitted to the UCLA Medical Center and unconfirmed reports claim he was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold (known as a 5150), which means doctors believed he was either a danger to himself, a danger to others, and/or gravely disabled. E! News learned he has been suffering from exhaustion and sleep deprivation.

The news comes after several months of erratic behavior from West, which now seem to be signs the rapper was going through a difficult time. Here's everything that's happened recently, leading up to his hospitalization:

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Sept. 7, 2016: The onset of troubles seemed to start during New York Fashion Week in September when West's Yeezy Season 4 show started several hours late, and no one really knew what was going on.

Tardiness aside, the show ended up being highly criticized as some of the boot heels broke mid-catwalk, models were fainting from the heat and the disorganization led people to wonder if they were actually being Punk'd.

Following the criticism, Kanye took to Twitter, writing, "It's our life's mission to create the most transformative experiences. Each and every one's time, insight and feelings are invaluable to us. We want to make people feel great. Thank you for embarking on this creative journey."


Oct. 2, 2016: West, understandably, stopped mid-show while performing at the Meadows Music and Arts festival the night of Kim Kardashian's terrifying robbery in Paris.

He told the crowd, "I'm sorry, family emergency—I have to stop the show."

The next morning he was spotted in NYC for the first time, and paparazzi told E! News he looked visibly shaken. "He looked straight ahead and just got into his car...He looked like he got sucker punched," one of the paps told us.

He then postpone several of his tour dates that week. "Due to family concerns, this week's Philadelphia and Detroit dates on the Saint Pablo Tour have been rescheduled," Live Nation told Rolling Stone. "The Philadelphia show will take place on December 13 and the Detroit show on December 22."

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Oct. 22, 2016: During an Oakland show in late October, West threatened to boycott the 2017 Grammy Awards if Frank Ocean was nominated, despite the fact that the singer's new album wasn't released before the Sept. 30 deadline to eligibility.

"I'm saying this to y'all, because a lot of people, you know, they try to make a scene, like, 'I'm so self-centered.' But the album I listened to the most this year is Frank Ocean's album," he told the crowd. "And I will tell you this right now: If his album's not nominated in no categories, I'm not showing up to the Grammys."

He continued, "As artists, we gotta come together to fight the bulls--t they been throwing us with. All we need is a fair shot, you know what I'm saying? Let the album lose, let whoever win or lose," he said. "My whole point—my purpose, my existence, everything that people try to diss me for—is based on an instant replay clock. Imagine in sports if they didn't have no instant replay clock and someone could step completely out of bounds."

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Nov. 3, 2016: West ended his sixth and final show at the Los Angeles Forum early, after just 45 minutes of performing.

As his performance of "Only One" was coming to an end, he asked the crew to turn the lights on. "My voice is so hoarse," West said. "I can't finish the show...I can't let y'all have a show where I can't perform for you." The crowd began booing before turning it into a chant of the rapper's name. "I'm very sorry. I love you," he said. "I'll give everyone a refund. I'll do better next time." 

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Nov. 19, 2016: After arriving more than an hour late, the rapper went on a surprising rant during his show in Sacramento, Calif., on Sunday, calling out both Jay Z and Beyoncé.

"Beyoncé, I was hurt 'cause I heard that you said you wouldn't perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and over 'Hotline Bling.' Now, don't go trying to diss Beyoncé. She is great. Taylor Swift is great. We are all great people. We are all people. But sometimes we be playing the politics too much and forgetting who we are just to win. F--k winning. F--k looking cool. F--k being cool."

He continued, "I've been sent here to give y'all my truth even at the risk of my own life, even at the risk of my own success, my own career. I've been sent here to give y'all the truth. Jay Z—call me, bruh. You still ain't called me. Jay Z, call me, Jay Z; I know you got killers. Please don't send them at my head. Just call me. Talk to me like a man."

He then left the show after performing just three songs, shouting, "I'm on my Trump s--t tonight."

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Nov. 21, 2016: The day after his rant, a rep for West announced that the rest of the Saint Pablo tour dates had been canceled due to the rapper's exhaustion.

"The remaining dates on the Saint Pablo Tour have been canceled," the rep told E! News. "Tickets will be fully refunded at point of purchase."

Prior to the cancellation, he was next scheduled to perform in Fresno, Calif., on Tuesday, followed by cocnerts scheduled in Atlanta, Boston, Brooklyn, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Louisville, Orlando, Philadelphia, Toronto, Washington D.C. and many more big cities through New Year's Eve.

According to a source, West has been working around the clock on fashion design as well as touring. The overload of work had kept him apart from from Kim and his two children, North and Saint West, which had been taking a toll on him, especially following the Paris robbery.