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Fans reach out to Azealia Banks after she makes alarming Instagram posts

Cw: suicide, mental illness 

Rapper Azealia Banks has worried fans overnight after posting a disturbing series of Instagram stories, telling fans she has looked into voluntary euthanasia.

The 29-year-old 212 singer said she’s sick of being someone “people continue to make fun of”.

American rapper Azealia Banks has received an outpouring of support from fans after she yesterday described wanting to “end her tenure on Earth”.

The original five stories saw Banks post plain white text, detailing the mental anguish of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic alongside “constant public ridicule” making “life harder than its worth”. 

The singer said, “I’m not begging for attention or asking for sympathy/empathy, I’m just ready to go.”

Banks followed up the posts with audio messages, telling her followers of her plans to voluntarily euthanise herself after she had finished the projects she is currently working on, eluding to a film and new music.

The singer is notorious for her manic and public bipolar episodes, which have earned her some high profile enemies, including Australian rapper Iggy Azalea, Grimes, and more recently Lana Del Rey. On top of this, last month Banks revealed she was yet to receive millions of dollars of revenue from her 2014 debut album, alleging her record label had pocketed the money. However, many perceived the claim to be born out of paranoia on the singer’s part and symptomatic of mental illness, rather than related to any real legal dispute.

Last week, Banks claimed that she was going to have a “Britney Spears moment” before shaving her head. On Instagram, she said the move was to “feel fresh again”, signalling a new start for the rapper.

Over the years, fans have paralleled Banks’ online outbursts to that of rapper and 2020 presidential candidate Kanye West. Both Banks and West suffer from bipolar and have a public record of outlandish and irrational behaviour online and offline. Yet fans argue West is afforded empathy for his erratic behaviour, while Banks is awarded the “angry black girl” narrative.

Fans online have shared their concern for Banks’ mental health and the unjust public ridicule of the singer.

Banks has since taken to Instagram to clarify that she is doing better.

 

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I’m fine, better than I was before. 🧜🏾‍♀️💙

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