Kid Cudi reveals he had a stroke while in rehab in 2016

Kid Cudi suffered a stroke two weeks after entering rehab for his mental health in 2016, the rapper revealed in an interview published Wednesday.

Speaking to Esquire magazine, the 38-year-old musician and actor recalled spending a few months in physical rehab to recover from the stroke that took him to the hospital and slowed his movement and speech. After the medical event, Cudi’s manager and childhood friend Dennis Cummings encouraged him to take a break from music.

“Everything was f—” Cudi, whose real name is Scott Mescudi, told journalist Clover Hope.

The “Pursuit of Happiness” hitmaker didn’t feel whole again the following year when he auditioned for “Lobby Hero,” a Broadway play about law enforcement. As he prepared to read with Michael Cera for the project, Cudi had a lot of dialogue to memorize. Though he didn’t end up getting the role, the Grammy winner credits the experience with helping him heal from the stroke.

“I’ve proven to myself that I can do it. That’s what I needed at the time,” he says. “I was happy. Damn, my brain is still strong. I didn’t lose anything – it happened.”

In 2016, Cudi announced on Facebook that he was going to rehab for “depression and suicidal thoughts.” At the time, the “Man on the Moon” artist had just come off a two-week high on cocaine and realized he had an unhealthy relationship with making music that had become a coping mechanism.

Cudi’s mother, Elsie Mescudi, also opened up to Esquire about praying with her son and visiting him every day in rehab.

“The hardest thing I’ve ever had to do was wait for him to be ready to call me,” she said.

“It was the best thing that could have happened to Scott. … There is no saying, ‘My child will not do this. My child will not do that.’ … You don’t know what they’re going to do from moment to moment, and when you get to the point where your career has exploded overnight, it’s certainly a very difficult thing.

In recent years, Cudi has become something of a mental health spokesperson. Earlier this year, the recording artist was invited to speak at an event hosted by the Youth Anxiety Center, where he spoke about his time in rehab and his experiences with depression. Last year, in his documentary A Man Named Scott, fellow entertainers described him as an advocate for emotional well-being who inspires other people to be vulnerable through his work.

“It’s a lot of pressure, but it keeps me alive,” Cudi said of his status as a mental health advocate. “It doesn’t stress me. … It makes me think, ‘No, Scott. you have to be here Let age erase you.’”

“At 38 I can actually say I love myself,” he added. “And I couldn’t have said that six years ago. I can say that with confidence now and really believe it and it shows.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/music/story/2022-08-18/kid-cudi-stroke-rehab-mental-health-esquire-interview Kid Cudi reveals he had a stroke while in rehab in 2016

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