Kanye West contracted the novel coronavirus in late February, he has revealed in a new interview.
The interview with Forbes, which was published on July 8, arrived hot on the heels of the rapper’s Fourth of July presidential announcement. West revealed to reporter Randall Lane that he was diagnosed with COVID-19 at the start of the year, saying he experienced “chills” and “shaking in the bed.” He added that he was “taking hot showers” and “looking at videos telling me what I’m supposed to do to get over it.”
Despite his COVID-19 diagnosis, West expressed distrust of vaccination, describing vaccines as “the mark of the beast.” “It’s so many of our children that are being vaccinated and paralyzed… So when they say the way we’re going to fix COVID is with a vaccine, I’m extremely cautious,” he said.
The rapper continued: “They want to put chips inside of us, they want to do all kinds of things, to make it where we can’t cross the gates of heaven. I’m sorry when I say they, the humans that have the Devil inside them. And the sad thing is that, the saddest thing is that we all won’t make it to heaven, that there’ll be some of us that do not make it.”
West also advised others to “pray” in order to get rid of COVID-19. “We pray. We pray for the freedom. It’s all about God. We need to stop doing things that make God mad,” he said.
Elsewhere in the interview, Ye opened up about his decision to run for president, his campaign slogan, as well as his plans if elected to the Oval Office. According to the rapper, he also no longer supports President Donald Trump. In 2018, West made headlines by donning the red ‘Make America Great Again’ cap favored by Trump supporters, and was booed when he wore it and made a pro-Trump speech on Saturday Night Live.
“One of the main reasons I wore the red hat as a protest to the segregation of votes in the Black community,” West told Forbes. “Also, other than the fact that I like Trump hotels and the saxophones in the lobby.”
Last week, Ye dropped a collaboration with Travis Scott called “Wash Us in the Blood.” The song is the first preview from his upcoming album, God’s Country. West denied to Forbes that his bid for POTUS was a publicity stunt around his new record, saying, “I give my album away for free.”
Read West’s full interview with Forbes here.