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.
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.
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."
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