Sunday 4 December 2016

John Legend's worry for close friend Kanye West: 'I was concerned with what I saw'

Published 23/11/2016 | 07:35

John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend John Legend Celebrates His Birthday And The 10th Anniversary Of His Debut Album
John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend John Legend Celebrates His Birthday And The 10th Anniversary Of His Debut Album "Get Lifted" at CATCH NYC on January 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for EMM Group)
Recording artists John Legend (R) and Kanye West perform at Kanye West's concert held exclusively for American Express card members at the Nokia Theatre August 29, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images For American Express)
Recording artists Kanye West, Big Sean and John Legend accept the Video with a Social Message award for 'One Man Can Change The World' onstage during the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
(L-R) Recording Artist Kanye West, tv personality Kim Kardashian, recording artist Beyonce, recording artist John Legend and model Chrissy Teigen attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)
John Legend, Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend John Legend Celebrates His Birthday And The 10th Anniversary Of His Debut Album "Get Lifted" at CATCH NYC on January 8, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for EMM Group)
(FILES) This file photo taken on September 29, 2016 shows (From L) Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian attending the Off-white 2017 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show in Paris.
Khloe Kardashian (L) and Kourtney Kardashian attend the 44th International Emmy Awards
Chloe Kardashian (L) and Kourtney Kardashian attend the 44th International Emmy Awards
This file photo taken on September 29, 2016 shows (From L) Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner and Corey Gamble as they attend the Off-white 2017 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, in Paris.
Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian attend Gabrielle's Angel Foundation For Cancer Research Hosts Angel Ball 2016 on November 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian onstage at the 2016 Angel Ball hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation For Cancer Research on November 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
Khloe Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian and Kris Jenner onstage at the 2016 Angel Ball hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation For Cancer Research on November 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian onstage at the 2016 Angel Ball hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation For Cancer Research on November 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian onstage at the 2016 Angel Ball hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation For Cancer Research on November 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian onstage at the 2016 Angel Ball hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation For Cancer Research on November 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian and Kris Jenner approach the stage at the 2016 Angel Ball hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation For Cancer Research on November 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in Paris
Jonathan Cheban, Allie Rizzo, Simon Huck and Kourtney Kardashian attends the 2016 Angel Ball hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation For Cancer Research on November 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the Kanye West Yeezy Season 4 fashion show on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 4)
Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian attend the 2016 Angel Ball hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation For Cancer Research on November 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
Kourtney Kardashian attends the 2016 Angel Ball hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation For Cancer Research on November 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)
Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian attend the 2016 Angel Ball hosted by Gabrielle's Angel Foundation For Cancer Research on November 21, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Gabrielle's Angel Foundation)

John Legend is worried for his friend Kanye West after the rapper's breakdown resulted in his hospitalisation.

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Kanye, 39, was admitted to the University of California, Los Angeles clinic on Monday after suffering a "psychiatric emergency".

The news he had been hospitalised came after he scrapped a concert in Inglewood, California on Sunday night and his representatives later announced his remaining tour dates had been axed.

John, who has known the hip hop star since 2001, and his wife Chrissy Teigen are close friends of Kanye and his wife Kim Kardashian West, and the Ordinary People singer says he and Chrissy were with Kim in New York in the hours leading up to her husband's alleged psychiatric episode.

Recording artists John Legend (R) and Kanye West perform at Kanye West's concert held exclusively for American Express card members at the Nokia Theatre August 29, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images For American Express)
Recording artists John Legend (R) and Kanye West perform at Kanye West's concert held exclusively for American Express card members at the Nokia Theatre August 29, 2006 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images For American Express)

"We were with Kim actually, you know, right before all of that," he tells America's CBS News network. "I was concerned by what I saw, so hopefully he's getting some rest and some time to figure things out."

Mike Lopez, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department, told news agency AFP 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 confirmed, without naming Kanye.

His mother-in-law Kris Jenner said he is taking his recovery "one step at a time", adding "it's a process."

(L-R) Recording Artist Kanye West, tv personality Kim Kardashian, recording artist Beyonce, recording artist John Legend and model Chrissy Teigen attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)
(L-R) Recording Artist Kanye West, tv personality Kim Kardashian, recording artist Beyonce, recording artist John Legend and model Chrissy Teigen attend The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

"I think he’s exhausted. Just really tired. It’s a grueling tour," she told Entertainment Tonight.

After her husband's hospitalisation Kim immediately flew back to the couple's base in Los Angeles, cancelling what was to be her first public appearance since being robbed at gunpoint in Paris, France last month.

A source told People magazine the hip hop superstar's breakdown occurred days after the anniversary of the death of his mother, Donda, who died on 10 November 2007.

"His mother died in November, so this time of year always brings him a lot of pain," the insider said. "He keeps that pain internalized, but sometimes will talk about how hard this time of year is for him. He works through the pain every November."

This file photo taken on September 29, 2016 shows (From L) Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner and Corey Gamble as they attend the Off-white 2017 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, in Paris.
This file photo taken on September 29, 2016 shows (From L) Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Kourtney Kardashian, Kris Jenner and Corey Gamble as they attend the Off-white 2017 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, in Paris.

The source also explained that the robbery of his wife in her Paris hotel room had also hit him hard.

Kim was due to attend the Angel Ball honouring her late father Robert with her family at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York on Monday but skipped the bash after her husband was admitted for treatment.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the Kanye West Yeezy Season 4 fashion show on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 4)
Kanye West and Kim Kardashian attend the Kanye West Yeezy Season 4 fashion show on September 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images for Yeezy Season 4)

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