Did Kanye West have a ‘nervous breakdown’ after his disastrous NYFW show?


I don’t know if Page Six was sitting on this story for weeks or if they just got this tip in the middle of Kim Kardashian’s robbery story blowing up this week. It does seem weird to be discussing Kanye-being-crazy in the middle of a week that’s mostly about how Kim is an anxious, traumatized wreck and Kanye is trying to protect her now. Anyway, remember back to NYFW in September? Kanye did another Yeezy X Adidas show and unlike his spring show at Madison Square Garden, this show did not go well. Everyone complained, models were passing out and no one was happy. So what happened in the wake of that disaster? Kanye fired everybody!

Kanye West had a “massive meltdown” and fired all his staff after his disastrous, much-maligned Yeezy fashion show, where models fainted and could barely walk in ill-fitting shoes during New York Fashion Week. An insider told us that the Yeezy staff seriously felt West’s wrath after his September fashion flop.

“He had his agent fire all 30 of his staff after the fashion show and got rid of his phone so people can only contact him via e-mail,” an insider said. “He had a nervous breakdown after the show, and that’s what triggered it all.”

Reviews for the show — where the models looked totally miserable — ranged from the uncomfortable “hot mess” to the downright horrible, “abomination.” But another source close to the situation insisted that while Kanye wasn’t happy, “He didn’t have a ‘nervous breakdown.’ Some people got let go, and there was a reorganization of others who he moved back to the music side of things. He’s a grown-up. He was reflective and disappointed in how things went . . . He took stock in what people were saying and he was disappointed. But he’s more determined than ever to get that stuff right. And as far as throwing away his cellphone? If he did, then it’s not the first time. He always does that.”

The rapper refocused his energy into his music and Saint Pablo Tour after his runway-show failure. “The tour is breaking attendance records. It’s been amazing for Kanye,” an insider said.

West was forced to abruptly end his concert at the Meadows Music and Arts Festival in Queens after finding out his wife, Kim Kardashian, was robbed at gunpoint at their Paris apartment. He was scheduled to perform in Philadelphia and Detroit this week, but LiveNation sent out a statement on Tuesday announcing that those shows were postponed until December due to Kardashian’s harrowing incident. The Saint Pablo Tour will resume the rest of its schedule on Friday in Chicago.

[From Page Six]

Eh, I believe Kanye probably fired a bunch of people and had some kind of meltdown, although that probably describes what happens every week in KanyeWorld. I don’t believe that he had a “nervous breakdown,” just because days later, he was on tour and the Saint Pablo Tour is actually doing really well, and Kanye has been getting rave reviews for it. But here’s why I think this story is being told right now: while many people are blaming Kim for being robbed, there are some people blaming Kanye for not making sure that his wife has adequate protection at all times. I find that sort of sexist – Kim has money and she’s a million times more organized than Kanye, and by all accounts, she’s always taken her security more seriously than Kanye. Kanye’s not “responsible” for ordering Kim to do this or that. But I bet he’s taking her security a lot more seriously these days, especially after he did fire some of their family’s security people earlier this year.


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  1. Dominique says:

    Please! Spare me! She was a celebrity long before she hooked up with him. Her Father was a famous trial lawyer, and her step-father was a famous Olympian. She and her family have been making judgment calls on security their whole lives. How is it his fault she chose to stay alone in a foreign country? That’s too far.

    • Katerera says:

      I have not read anyone blaming him but him blaming everyone. Kanye, your not a designer! Let it go. Its his 4 the show, I can’t believe it, they all look the same.

      • MrsBPitt says:

        But, he is going to keep designing until he “gets it right” lmao! For the love of God, Kanye, STOP!

  2. Amanduh says:

    Honestly…don’t f*ck with TayTay! I said it before and I’ll say it again: girl don’t play! lol
    Worlds are collapsing…can’t be a coincidence.

    • Freddy Spaghetti says:

      What does Taylor Swift have to do with Kanye’s fashion week show, his reaction to it, or Kim being robbed?

      • AlleyCat says:

        Taylor was actually the robber who stole Kim’s ring.

      • Amanduh says:

        I’m half-joking of course; I doubt she actually has anything to do with their awful misfortunes lately.
        Just seems like coincidental timing after they “take her down” and then all this terrible stuff happens.
        I’m not starting sh!t, just stating a (funny to me!) theory. Obviously Taylor wouldn’t do something awful like that.
        Alleycat gets it!

      • spidey says:

        @ Freddy Spaghetti -Nothing, but I bet she is sniggering. :lol:

      • Crox says:

        Perhaps it’s karma?

        I don’t really believe in karma, but that’s the only way I can see Taylor involved in this. :)

  3. BendyWindy says:

    I really hate the term “nervous breakdown” being used this way. He had a bad week, he was angry and moody and annoying for awhile. That’s not a breakdown.

    I’ve had a nervous breakdown. It took months to recover from and years to truly be “ok” again, during which there were setbacks, medications, therapy, and a hell of a lot of work at becoming a whole person again.

    • frisbee says:

      agree with you, it’s trivializing a total mental collapse and there is nothing trivial about that. Hope you’re ok now.

    • spidey says:

      @Bendy – I couldn’t agree more. It is insulting to those who have (had) real mental health problems. I know from personal experience.

      He threw a tantrum.

  4. Josefina says:

    Isn’t Kanye’s whole life a series of nervous meltdowns? I’d say looking at him acting calm and collected is the weird occurence.

  5. Bridget says:

    I am genuinely confused. I thought the MSG show was a total disaster too, when did it get branded as otherwise?

  6. Ursaline says:

    I can’t believe that I actually feel sorry for how Kanye West must be feeling about what his wife went through without him by her side. I remember how hard it was for him when his mom died and while he is a peacock, you can see his devotion to Kim. I would like to see them both get some counseling to try to heal together. While I really dislike their public image, I’m glad to see them being very human in how they react to the Paris incident.

  7. Manjit says:

    Why is it everyone else’s fault that he can’t design clothes for toffee? I wish he would just stay at home with his wife for at least a year and give everyone a break from their incessant narcissism. They both give me the pip.

    • Tifygodess24 says:

      Right?! He is not a designer and never will be because his ideas are horrible. Blaming everyone else doesn’t change the fundamental fact that he just can’t design proper clothing. And yes while his sneakers are popular, addidas has a lot to do with that. Not to mention there will always be people who will be willing to pay for something their favorite has made- I am convinced that a celeb could smear literal poop on a shirt and people would still buy it. Sad but true. But again that still doesn’t mean he will ever be successful in the fashion world. People just entertain him because of who he is. At some point someone needs to sit him down and say enough with the pipe dream.

  8. HappyMom says:

    A meltdown/tantrum is not remotely the same thing as a nervous breakdown. I am sure he flipped out, fired people, and was a ragey, emotional mess.

    • Snappyfish says:

      He should really calm down. Let’s face it no one in the fashion industry gives his “line” a moment of thought

  9. JenniferJustice says:

    Ironically when I first heard on the radio that Kim was robbed, the DJ wondered if it was a ploy to get Kanye out of his concerts. The DJ said he got word far enough into the concert that Kanye wouldn’t have to reimburse anyone. Now, hearing he is possibly in melt-down mode makes me go hmmmm…..or maybe he just wanted to be in Paris too.

    Some things that dont’ make sense about that ‘robbery’: Kim was alone w/out her body guard -when is she ever?; Her kids were staying in a different hotel – why, since when?

    I think the whole thing is fishy. Yes, Kanye, I said “fishy”.

  10. swak says:

    “He took stock in what people were saying and he was disappointed. But he’s more determined than ever to get that stuff right. ” But hasn’t he pretty much designed the same type of clothes every seasonhow – nothing changed, not look, not color. There has been criticism every show and yet did not take it to heart until now and wants to “get that stuff right” – whatever that means.

  11. Nancy says:

    The Kardashian West house must be a barrel of laughs. All this mess since Kim posted the phone call…..dang people were screaming karma at Taylor. I guess it’s Taylor’s turn to say right back at ya.

  12. karen2 says:

    …I am so over that stupid Gucci jacket he keeps wearing…applique is for kids not grown up…

  13. Michelina says:

    I believe it. There was audio of him flipping out and acting diva-ish when he performed “Wolves” on SNL and if I’m not mistaken, him and Kim both admitted that he was throwing fits and firing people right before their wedding also when a problem occurred with the decor for the celebration. He’s a perfectionist and has no qualms about making his feelings or opinions known. I’m sure he must be a terror to work for.

  14. spacelab says:

    “He’s a grown-up.” He keeps throwing away his phones.
    Nuff said.