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Cousins! Tyrese is being fully transparent these days with his battle of depression as he reflects on his dated 2017 meltdown that took place on social media that had both fans and fellow celebrities sincerely worried about the singer’s mental stability!
While appearing in a recent episode of ‘Sway’s Universe,’ earlier this month Tyrese stated that he is still dealing with the damage caused from various angles following his social media rant.
Incase you guys are unfamiliar back in 2017, the ‘Fast and Furious’ actor shared on Instagram that Will Smith had given him a total of $5 million dollars in efforts of assisting him with paying legal fees from his custody battle with former wife Norma Mitchell.
“My wife kept the news away from me ’cause I’ve been on with lawyers all day, but our family and our sister Jada Pinkett-Smith and my brother Will Smith just sent us 5 million dollars to help keep us afloat. … The Smiths and their whole family has always shown up for The Gibson’s,” Tyrese wrote in a since deleted Instagram post.“Uncle Will you’re an uncle for real.”
A source close to the Smith family denied his claims to TMZ while also noting that they were worried about Tyrese’s mental health.
Fast forward to today Tyrese says that his previous statement couldn’t be any further from the truth.“ Will Smith is gonna give me $5 million? I never even talked to Will Smith. I was out of my mind,” he said while reflecting the on the incident.
Tyrese shared with Sway that he had been struggling with a lot in his personal life at the time and was prescribed psychiatric medicine known as Rexulti, a drug used to treat depressive disorder in adults.
“I travel and I move all the time. I’m used to being away from my baby,” he told Sway. “But to take my baby away for 100 days? Oh, I was fucking miserable. So then the psychiatrist says, ‘Here’s some psych meds that’ll help stabilize your mood, because you barely sleep, you’re stressed the fuck out, and your first-born was taken away from you. … They gave me these psych meds called Rexulti. Fucked me up.”
Tyrese explained that he has never users drugs or drank alcohol in his life which ultimatley caused a terrible reaction to the prescribed medication.
“You put some shit like Rexulti in my system, it’s going to have the worst adverse effects ever,” he stated.
“So I’m online talking about Will Smith giving me $5 million. I never talked to Will Smith and I still haven’t recovered from the damage that I did to him and his family. They didn’t deserve them phone calls.”
Tyrese also dived deeper into his 2020 split from his ex wife and how things turned for the worst within the pandemic. He shared that they would often argue about his busy schedule and how he had devoted more time to his work schedule instead of his family.
“I go to New Jersey to work on this movie, we’re still arguing. She said, ‘I’m leaving,’” Tyrese recalled. “I said, ‘What do you mean?’ Because I never heard her say that [in] that way. Because we know the difference…I heard something different in her voice.”
The former couple announced their divorce nearly three years ago back in December 2020. He is currently in a relationship with Zelie Timothy, but still suggests that Norma never providing a full explanation as to why she left still hurts him to this day.
“I’m not with Zelie to spite Sam. … But I don’t think you ever loved me,” Tyrese told Sway. “Because if you did, it wouldn’t be that easy to leave and never come back. So you motherfuckers can do whatever you want to do with my truth, but I’ma tell my truth.”
As per Complex, Tyrese is set to address the divorce in his upcoming double album Beautiful Pain.