Lil Wayne has admitted he attempted suicide by shooting himself when he was 12.
Lil Wayne attempted suicide when he was just 12 years old.
The 35-year-old rapper shot himself in the chest after finding a gun in his mother's house, and though he's previously described what happened as an accident, he's admitted on a new song that he was deliberately trying to take his own life.
His friend and business associate Mack Maine told Billboard magazine: ''He just told me one day that he was ready to address it now.
''Just being an adult, reaching a level of maturity and comfort where it's like, 'I want to talk about this because I know a lot of people out here might be going through that.' ''
Between 2013 and 2017, Wayne had a number of seizures and as a result, he's cut his epic 26-hour recording studio sessions down to ''12 or 14 hours''.
He said: ''That's the main thing that friends and family and the doc and all them recommend. Just get you some rest.''
The 'Go D.J.' hitmaker has been through a much-publicised dispute with his former record label Cash Money Records - which was settled in June - and credits his four children from past relationships, Reginae, 19, Dwayne III, nine, Cameron, also nine, and Neal, eight, for getting him through the turbulent time.
He said: ''My four jewels -- when I FaceTime one of them, man, everything goes away.
''I didn't let it get to me too much. Just the confidence in knowing that there's always a tomorrow and I'm going to make sure that tomorrow is bright. Some people can't go on [like] that, like, 'OK, tomorrow will be better.' They need it to be better right now. And thank God I didn't, and I never did.''
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