Kehlani, the promising young R&B singer from Oakland, apparently tried to kill herself last night, for reasons that had everything to do with online gossip. This morning, on her Instagram, she posted an image of her own arm with an IV in it, in a hospital bed. In the caption, as HipHopDX reports, she wrote that she wanted to end her own life. Shortly afterward, she deleted her Instagram, but here’s the screengrab:
And here’s what she wrote:
Today I wanted to leave this earth. Being completely selfish for once. Never thought I’d get to such a low point. But.. Don’t believe the blogs you read .. No one was cheated on and I’m not a bad person… Everyone is hurt and everyone is in a place of misunderstanding.. But as of today, I had no single wish to see tomorrow.. But God saved me for a reason, and for that… I must be grateful.. Cuz I’m not in heaven right now for a reason… On that note.. Bye Instagram
This had been after Kehlani’s name had been all over social media all day yesterday. Kehlani had been dating Kyrie Irving, the Cleveland Cavaliers all-star. But in a since-deleted Instagram, the Toronto singer and Drake protege PARTYNEXTDOOR, Kehlani’s ex, had posted a close-up image of her tattooed hand, in rumpled bed, implying that the two of them were back together:
Hopefully, Kehlani is getting the help she needs. If nothing else, this is a timely reminder that the people we joke about online all day are actual human beings, that we don’t really know what’s going on in these people’s personal lives, and that all this shit-talk can have real-world consequences.
UPDATE: TMZ confirms that Kehlani was placed on psychiatric hold after paramedics responded to a medical emergency at her home yesterday afternoon and determined she posed a threat to herself.