Kid Cudi reveals he suffered stroke during rehab

New York, New York - Kid Cudi opened up on his drug withdrawal and health problems in a new interview.

Kid Cudi revealed that he suffered a stroke two weeks into rehab in 2016.
Kid Cudi revealed that he suffered a stroke two weeks into rehab in 2016.  © MATT WINKELMEYER / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

The 38-year-old rapper suffered a stroke during a stint in a rehab clinic in 2016, he told Esquire in an interview published Wednesday.

He was taken to the hospital and had slow speech and movement for months, he said.

"Everything was f***ed," the musician, whose real name is Scott Mescudi, recalled, adding that he spent several months in physical rehab afterwards.

Princess Kate retires from the spotlight again, but she "will be back"
Royals Princess Kate retires from the spotlight again, but she "will be back"

He said he reached a milestone in his recovery when he auditioned for a role in the Broadway production of Lobby Hero in 2017 and had to memorize a lot of dialogue.

Though he didn't get the role, Kid Cudi said he wasn't disappointed. "I proved to myself that I could do it. I needed that at the time," he remembered. "I was happy. Like, damn, my brain is still strong. I didn’t lose something in that sh*t that happened."

Today, the musician said he feels good about his role as a mental health spokesperson, and he regularly opens up about his own journey through his song lyrics. "I'm ready to wear those shoes and be a role model," he insisted.

"I actually can say, at thirty-eight, that I love myself. And I couldn’t have said that six years ago. I can say that with confidence now and truly believe it, and it shows."

Cover photo: MATT WINKELMEYER / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / GETTY IMAGES VIA AFP

More on Celebrities: