I'm so sad for Kanye West. The rapper made an ambitious return to the stage, performing for the first time since his beloved mother, Donda West's, untimely death last week, only to break down in tears. Kanye was performing to a sold-out crowd at Le Zenith in Paris, when the music for "Hey Mama" began. As he dedicated the song, he said "this song is for my mother..." and just lost it. "He said the word, 'Mother' and just couldn't go any further," a crowd member said. "A back-up singer, the DJ and a guitar player came over to console him. It looked like he might collapse. He just couldn't continue. He just stood there in a spotlight, crying while the band continued playing." The crowd did their best to support him, but Kanye took a break. He returned 15 minutes later to end the concert with "Stronger". "He kept shouting out to the audience, 'I need you... I need you right now,' and the public was screaming back. It was magic," the attendee said.
I would have been a complete mess if I was there. I would want to just run up on stage and hug him. I can only hope he believes in his own words and knows that whatever doesn't kill him only makes him stronger.