'I was afraid that Kim would leave me', says Kanye
Kanye West has considered suicide and said he feared his wife Kim Kardashian West might leave him after he made controversial remarks about slavery.
The rapper caused an outcry when he appeared on gossip website TMZ's TV show saying: "When you hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years? That sounds like a choice."
However, in a new inter- view with the New York Times, he said: "I said the idea of sitting in something for 400 years sounds - sounds - like a choice to me, I never said it's a choice.
"I never said slavery itself - like being shackled in chains - was a choice.
"That's why I went from slave to 400 years to mental prison to this and that.
"If you look at the clip, you see the way my mind works."
One of the songs on his recent album, Wouldn't Leave, suggests the interview put his marriage at risk.
"There was a moment where I felt like after TMZ, maybe a week after that, I felt like the energy levels were low," West said.
"I called family members and was asking, you know, 'Was Kim thinking about leaving me after TMZ?' So that was a real conversation."
Another song on the album, I Thought About Killing You, suggests he has considered suicide.
West said: "Oh, yeah, I've thought about killing myself all the time. It's always an option. Like Louis CK said, I flip through the manual. I weigh all the options.
"I'm having this epiphany, 'cause I didn't do it, but I did think it all the way through."
West also spoke about his admiration for Donald Trump, saying: "I'm not scared to say what I like. I like the way he sounds."