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Fame and celebrity

Kanye West is hospitalised for ‘psychiatric tests’ after ranting against Beyonce and Jay Z, then scrapping tour

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 22 November, 2016, 12:38pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 22 November, 2016, 10:15pm

Rap superstar Kanye West was hospitalised on Monday with a “medical emergency” after cancelling his tour, two days after a rambling onstage tirade against fellow artists Jay Z and Beyonce.

The “Saint Pablo Tour” was set to run through December 31 but all 21 remaining shows have been cancelled, a spokeswoman for promoter Live Nation told AFP.

Hours later it emerged that West, 39, was being treated at a University of California, Los Angeles clinic, with gossip website TMZ reporting that he was undergoing psychiatric tests after being examined for exhaustion.

Mike Lopez, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, said officers had responded to an early afternoon “call of a disturbance” at an address in Los Angeles known to be the rapper’s property.

“That disturbance became a medical emergency where the fire department came and treated the individual,” he said, without naming West, who is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian

The multiple Grammy Award-winning musician did not immediately make any personal statement and his representatives did not respond to requests for comment.

TMZ quoted an unnamed source saying the rapper was pulling out of the tour because he was exhausted.

“He’s been working around the clock on fashion design, both his own line and the Adidas line,” the source was quoted as saying.

Since August, West has performed around 40 dates in Canada and the US, rapping above the stage on an innovative “floating” platform.

He halted a gig in New York in the middle of his set when he was informed that Kardashian had been robbed at gunpoint in a hotel in Paris.

The latest cancelation followed a Saturday night show in Sacramento, where West showed up an hour late and performed three songs before berating other artists and defeated White House hopeful Hillary Clinton, then cutting the performance short.

West said he was “hurt” because Beyonce supposedly said she would not perform at a certain show - likely the Grammys - unless she wins video of the year over him.

“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,” West said.

He implored Beyonce’s husband, the rapper Jay Z, to “call me, bro, you still ain’t called me,” adding that he was hurt that Jay Z had failed to visit his family after the robbery.

“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 added, appearing to suggest that his friend employed hitmen.

He also criticised Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg for failing to give him US$53million to get out of debt.

The rapper told an audience on Thursday that he did not vote but would have chosen Republican Donald Trump, sparking angry fans to boo the star and throw items on stage.

West - who has talked about plans to run for president in 2020 - earned US$17.5 million this year, according to Forbes magazine

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