Kanye Claims 2002 Car Crash Gave Him Autism
Kanye West claims that his 2002 car crash that infamously left his jaw wired shut also left him with “signs of autism.” The car crash inspired his breakout hit “Through the Wire.” In a text exchange between the Donda rapper and Elon Musk, he asked fashion designer and model Ian Connor to share the text messages online on his behalf.
“Get this out to the public,” Ye said to Connor.
Connor texted back the rapper, who is saved as “President Ye” in his phone, “Say Less,” adding, “2:22 am.”
In Ye’s text to Musk, he denounces his bipolar disorder and calls out his relationship with his ex-wife, Kim Kardashian.
“When are we going to speak,” Kanye texted Musk, as Connor’s post reveals in the second screenshot. “You owe me nothing. You never have to speak to me again. But if we do speak. The nature of the relationship has to change. I’m not bi polar. I have signs of autism from my car accident.”
“You can’t watch Kim keep my kids from me. And not say anything publicly and then call yourself my friend so I can bring my audience to your struggling platform,” Ye added, referring to X (formerly known as Twitter.)
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a “developmental disability caused by differences in the brain.” Signs of ASD are people having trouble with “social communication and interaction, restricted or repetitive behaviors or interests. People with ASD may also have different ways of learning, moving, or paying attention.”
The site also notes that you can have these traits and not have ASD. The “cause” of ASD is pretty broad, which points to genetics mainly as other causes have not been scientifically proven. The diagnosis process is also case-by-case since there is no official test to determine if someone has ASD. Behaviors in the child are usually monitored as parents with concerns suggest that their child display those symptoms to be looked after by a doctor to assess the child’s behavior and development to make a diagnosis. Also, many times, people reach adulthood before they are diagnosed with ASD. ASD begins before the age of 3 years and can last throughout a person’s life, although symptoms may improve over time, the site reads.
While it could be true that Kanye has autism and noticed symptoms after his car crash, the car crash would not be the cause of his autism. He would have just had it all his life and only noticed after his 2002 accident. Ye did not mention if a doctor diagnosed him. Ye was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2016 after being hospitalized for a psychiatric emergency.
Take a look at the exchange below: