On Thursday, artist and musician Kanye West revealed bombshell text messages that indicated that celebrity fitness trainer Harley Pasternak threatened to have him “institutionalized again” and have him so drugged up he’ll “go back to Zombieland forever.”
West, who now goes by the name Ye, made the shocking revelations via his Twitter account.
“What should be obvious by now is that I was raised to stand for my truth regardless of the consequences,” the 21-time Grammy winner wrote. “So I will say this again. I was mentally misdiagnosed and nearly drugged out of my mind to make me a manageable well behaved celebrity.”https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/1588299600258924545?s=20&t=eBeKbaix-gv3vEDQnW6U9A
West posted screenshots of texts that appeared to be from Pasternak, his former trainer and friend of 15 years.
In the texts, Pasternak says that if West “does not apologize to my people,” he will be “institutionalized again where they medicate the crap out of you, and you go back to Zombieland forever.”
The person identified as Pasternak also seemed to threaten West’s relationship with his four children from his eight-year marriage to reality TV star Kim Kardashian.
“Play date with the kids just won’t be the same,” the text message read.
Seven minutes later, West posted a screenshot of a Wikipedia entry for Pasternak along with three photos identifying the fitness trainer.
“I was told that if I expose the truth of the bad business practices, everything is gonna be taken from me Including my black children,” he tweeted. “And everyone has bore whiteness to the public Emmett Tilling of Ye. But GOD has put something on my heart not to backdown.”
Six minutes later, Ye posted another screenshot of a text message where Pasternak seemed to write, “Your origins might be Jewish …”
Toward the end of his message, Pasternak — who is Jewish — urged the rapper to “apologize to my people,” according to Ye.https://twitter.com/kanyewest/status/1588302803121774592?s=20&t=8acmC-EBDIUxnxfOLbTa_Q
“This shows Harley admitting to knowing the truth of our origin but then later dismissing the facts within the same text chain,” Ye tweeted. “This is how a Hollywood trainer speaks to a far more influential black celebrity when we get out of line.”
The tweets come after West made statements that many have called antisemitic and have led to the rapper being dropped by major sponsors and brands, such as Adidas. The loss of that relationship cost the artist nearly $1.5 billion dollars, according to Forbes.
“I’m a bit sleepy tonight but when I wake up I’m going death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” he tweeted on Oct. 8.
Ye — a self-declared Christian — suggested he cannot be antisemitic because he’s Jewish.
“The funny thing is I actually can’t be Anti Semitic because black people are actually Jew also,” he said. “You guys have toyed with me and tried to black ball anyone whoever opposes your agenda.”