Fans Are Concerned for Azealia Banks’ Wellbeing After She Appears to Post Suicidal Messages to Her Instagram

With the world on pause due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, Azealia Banks has been using social media to engage her fans and keep them up to date on her life.

She recently took to her Instagram to let fans know that she’s been struggling with the quarantine and other issues before saying she would be “end [her] tenure here on Earth soon.” Banks’ statement alarmed fans and prompted an outpouring of loving and supportive messages on social media.

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Azealia Banks performing at a festival in April 2015 | C Flanigan/FilmMagic

Azealia Banks Instagram posts have sparked concern

The situation kicked off in the wee hours of Aug. 9, when Banks posted a note to her Instagram Story venting about the state of the world.

“Yea, I think I’m done here,” she began. “This pandemic, extreme lack of social interaction, no intimacy, combined with constant public ridicule is making life harder than its worth. I think I will end my tenure here on Earth soon.”

She noted in a follow-up message, “I’m not begging for attention or asking for sympathy/empathy……. I’m just ready to go. Peacefully of course.” Banks also said, “I will document my last times and release a film for you all to finally understand me, from my perspective.”

“I will try my best to finish the projects I promised I would beforehand. With whatever strength is left,” she concluded.

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The posts came after Banks made headlines for several far-out things, including shaving her head bald on camera, claiming an affair with Dave Chappelle, blasting Kanye West, and more.

The reactions to Azealia Banks’ Instagram posts are really supportive

After catching on to Banks’ messages, fans flocked to websites such as Twitter to demand the “212” rapper get help.

“I love her too much please,,, I know she’s problematic but let’s face it, the girl needs help and it’s clear she has a bad habit of projecting. And instead of understanding and helping her, drama channels trashed the sh*t out of her. She needs HELP,” one person tweeted, referencing Banks’ many controversies, including fights with dozens of celebrities and several polemical statements.

Another person agreed and urged others not to take Banks’ comments lightly, noting that she has vented about her personal struggles for years. “please take black women’s mental health seriously please azealia has been expressing immense grief over the years and you guys take it as joke’s ENOUGH IS ENOUGH,” read the tweet.

“This is so heartbreaking I hope someone who knows azealia banks personally reaches out to her and finds out if she’s okay. We needa keep the same energy that we had with Kanye,” another person said. They were referring to Kanye West, who, like Banks, has struggled with mental health issues that have resulted in headline-making behavior but has arguably faced less criticism for it.

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As the fan love poured in, Azealia Banks hopped online to react

As her statements continued to gain traction on the Internet, Banks went back on Instagram and said in a video shared on her story that a friend had come over to conduct a wellness check. However, she noted that she still hadn’t gotten over her feelings.

“I’m just really going to try and push through these next few months,” she said. Banks noted again that she would try to release projects she’s promised her fans, such as Fantasea II — the follow-up to her critically-acclaimed debut mixtape Fantasea (2012).

She was heard reading some of the messages she’s received in one of the clips shared to her Instagram Story before signing off.

How to get help: In the U.S., call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. Or text HOME to 741-741 to connect with a trained crisis counselor at the free Crisis Text Line.