After canceling the remaining 21 dates of his Saint Pablo tour on Monday, PEOPLE confirmed that the 39-year-old rapper sought medical attention at the hospital.
“He is exhausted and currently dealing with sleep deprivation,” a source tells PEOPLE. “He went to the hospital at will under the advice of his physician. He’s fine.” On Tuesday morning, the source added, “My understanding is he has slept intermittently and eaten as well. But the sleep deprivation thing is real.”
Stars including Janelle Monáe, Marlon Wayans and Emile Hirsch flocked to social media with their reactions. Most wanted to wish the rapper well — and remind others that health problems of any kind are no joke. “I was concerned by what I saw, so hopefully he’s getting some rest and some time to figure things out,” friend John Legend said Tuesday in an interview on CBS This Morning.
While rumors swirl about the state of his mental health, a source close to West denies that he’s in the midst of any sort of breakdown.
“It’s nothing like that,” the source tells PEOPLE. “He’s just exhausted. He’s been working around the clock on fashion design, both on his own line and the Adidas line. He’s a notorious workaholic, so balancing both that work — which is extremely important to him — and the rigors of the tour every night, it really wore him out.”
West’s wife, Kim Kardashian West, was scheduled to attend the Angel Ball in New York City, but did not attend. It would have marked her first public appearance since she was robbed in Paris in early October.