Fans voice support for Azealia Banks after distressing social media posts

The rapper received an outpouring of support after alluding to suicidal thoughts in an Instagram post

Fans have shown their support for Azealia Banks after the rapper made posts on social media alluding to suicidal thoughts.

On Saturday, Azealia Banks posted on Instagram Live about these thoughts, citing the coronavirus pandemic, a lack of social interaction and intimacy, combined with “constant public ridicule” as contributing factors. Many fans expressed concern for the artist and posted their support for her on social media.

On Sunday night, Banks offered a status update, posting a selfie on Instagram with the caption: “I’m fine, better than I was before.” In subsequent posts, she shared video messages, captioned “show me love when I’m up bitch, not just when I’m down”.

Banks’s posts led to an outpouring of love and support for the artist, as well as triggering a wider discussion about support for the mental health of musicians and celebrities, and particularly mental health support for Black women more broadly. Banks has previously discussed her experiences with mental illness on social media and in her own lyrics.

Samaritans can be contacted on 116 123 (UK) and 116 123 (ROI). The US National Suicide Prevention Hotline is 1-800-273-8255.