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Lil Wayne Opens Up About Attempted Suicide
Lil Wayne talks about his suicide attempt in a joint interview with Odell Beckham Jr.
In the interview with ESPN’s Josina Anderson, they talked about how their Louisiana roots shaped them and darkest moments of their careers to Wayne’s suicide attempt and OBJ’s father.
When Lil Wayne was 12 years old, he shot himself in the chest with a gun he found in his mother’s home in New Orleans, barely missing his heart. At age 35, has always maintained the self-inflicted gunshot wound was an accident until recently admitting on Tha Carter V‘s closing track, “Let It All Work Out,” it wasn’t an accident.
The song deals with Wayne’s suicide attempt and sees him opening up about the experience. He was asked about Anthony Bourdain and Kate Spade’s deaths and if it had anything to do with him deciding to be open about his experience, he explained, “That song has actually been recorded for probably over four years.”
“I felt that way when I thought the album was coming out. I was ready to come out with it then. […] The thought process doing that verse is… What made me do it was just, [I] was ready to get it off my chest.”