Kid Cudi Has Revealed That He Suffered a Stroke in 2016 While He Was in Rehabilitation
Kid Cudi has disclosed that a stroke that left him with speech and movement impairments a few years ago was a major factor in his decision to temporarily stay away from music.
Singer Scott Ramon Seguro Mescudi, whose actual name is Scott Ramon, revealed in a new interview with Esquire that he had a stroke approximately two weeks after entering rehab in 2016 for “depression and suicidal urges,” and that after that, “everything was fucked.” He had to put his music on hold for a while as he underwent physical rehabilitation after the accident. However, Cudi claims he did not feel like himself again until he tried out for the role of Lobby Hero with Michael Cera on Broadway in 2017. Even though he lost out on the role to another actor, he felt validated in his abilities because he had to learn a large amount of dialogue just for the audition. At the moment, I really required that. I felt elated. Holy crap, I still have a functioning brain. The crap that happened to me did not cost me anything.
Elsie Harriet, Cudi’s mother, was also interviewed for the magazine, and she shared her perspective on the ordeal and how she helped her son regain his mental and physical health. Waiting for him to call her was “The hardest thing I have ever had to do was to wait until they were ready for him to call me,” Additionally, she stated, “It was the best thing that could have happened to Scott. It was. There is no saying, ‘My child won’t do this. My child won’t do that.’ If you’re a parent, you can’t say that. You don’t know what they’re going to do from moment to moment, and certainly, when you get to the point where your career blew up overnight, it’s a very difficult thing.” Cudi has now made it his mission to help those who are going through similar experiences with their mental health. When asked if he ever gets bored of playing the character, he told the magazine, “It’s a lot of pressure, but it keeps me alive. So I’ll take it. It doesn’t stress me out. It keeps me thinking, Nah, Scott. You gotta be here. Let old age take you out.”
The singer revealed that his arrest for criminal mischief and possession of a controlled substance in 2010 marked a turning point in his life when it came to his addiction in A Man Named Scott, an Amazon Prime documentary released last year about his life. He recalled, “I remember I got out of jail, and I was ashamed because I grew up with two uncles that were addicted to crack. But I’m glad I got arrested, because that’s when I quit. I don’t think I woulda quit if people didn’t find out about it.” And after finally facing his “bullshit” in rehab, Cudi added, “I’m in such a happier place… And knowing that I’m at a better place with me, with Scott, that I love myself, that I’m happy, I just hope fans can see that.”