DMX Speaks On His Bipolar Disorder, Drug Addiction & More

Dark Man X explains that he struggles with the personality disorder and has a hard time separating X from Earl.

DMX has opened up about his personal struggles, speaking to Arizona’s ABC 15 about his bipolar disorder, fight to beat drug addiction and dog fighting. During the interview, he revealed that he suffers from bipolar disorder, which causes severe mood swings between mania and depression.

"I'm not the person the media portrays me to be," he said. “X is the bad guy. That’s not who I am. I’m not the person the media portrays me to be.”

He explained that he used to be able to distinguish X from Earl Simmons, but now has difficult separating the two.

“I used to be really clear on who was what and what characteristics each personality had. But I don’t know at this point. I’m not even sure there is a difference,” he continued. “I'm Earl when I'm with my children. I miss my children, I miss my children, I miss my children."

X, whose struggles with substance abuse have been long documented, says that he’s trying to get clean and is taking it one day at a time. “Every day. I start my day off with a prayer, as God to guide my steps,” he continued. “Cover me and keep me safe. Every album there’s a gospel song and a prayer. Every album, from the beginning.”

DMX is currently working on an upcoming album Redemption of the Beast that he hopes to release by the end of the year. As for getting his career back on track, he’s not worried about obstacles.

“There will never be another me, never," he said. "To this date I have records that have yet to be broken."



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    He didn't say he is bi-polar. That news reporter and her sloppy reporting, I tell ya.

  • Lyndsay

    Just a correction for the author - bipolar disorder is not a personality disorder, it's a mood disorder, treatable with medication. Personality disorders are not treatable with meds.

  • Sweatshop

    I didn't know why they released X when people said Free Earl. Damn, I guess Free Earl worked. Too bad they released the wrong Earl :( Fuck God.

  • DAMN

    Damn, I guess Free Earl worked. Too bad they released the wrong Earl :( Fuck God.

  • DAMN

    Damn, I guess "Free Earl" worked. Too bad they released the wrong dude :(

  • Anonymous

    my dog ill be waiting for your album to drop one love.

  • Anonymous

    Good luck X. He is definitely one of a kind. We all have our own issues that we struggle with daily. "He without sin shall cast the first stone" people...

  • Big Dan

    Not saying dude is not bipolar or whatever else he is claiming, but X's problems do not stem from that. He's a drug addict period! According to him, he used to smoke his weed, then one day, unbeknownst to him, his boy "hooked" him up and laced the weed with heroin and that was it. So he is not smoking all that crack b/c he is bipolar and he is not doing dumb eesh like screwing up his probabation and getting arrested because he's got mental issues. He needs help for the drugs, which I do understand is difficult, but he can get the help if he wants it. Catherine Zeta jones just announced she's been battling her mental demons and yet I don't see her in and out of jail. So let's not blame X's problem on the bipolar.

    • chandler

      hey i just want to correct you a little most 50% of people mental disorders have a substance abuse problem the reason they have the substance abuse problem is from the extreme stress from the mental disorder

    • Anonymous

      dude seriously place ur self in his life path. i been in an outta jail an hooked on drugs for ovr 8 yrs. an im not talking bout just blazing bowls either. im talking hardcore shit. i also got bi-polar. idk how bad x's is but fo real shits hard. im from the ghetto. proud ta say im out to. i got a daughter an a fiancee an work all week at a legal job. so to darkman x..keep ur head up dawg ur gunna make as for u faggot shut ur fukin mouth before someone else shuts it..dumbshits shouldnt comment on shit they dnt understand

    • Anonymous

      put yourself in his shoes, you can't nevermind. So stfu. We know X only from his music, did you grow up with him in his household(s)? No, so STFU again.

  • Nathan Smith

    Mann,everybody wanna be a rapper nowadays. That's why i make beats. Check em out

  • FAN

    D M X!!!! R I D E OR D I E ! ! !

  • JHK

    Dis nigga still got demons in him,he will sign a deal again release a classic album ,make lots of money ,but then you will see on tmz dmx Arrested for smoking crack and running naked in the streets .niggaz like this never change no matter how much money they make

  • jesterxxl

    D spoke about being diagnosed with bipolar at a young age in his book E.A.R.L. at least he got the courage unlike most fuckin fanus (play on words) people none of you jump of Slim's back after Space Bound which clearly influenced by mental issues. Yea X has a problem we all know that shit even he does I hope he can pull or even drag himself through it cos like he said nobody is fuckin with him he's in a league of his own if it wasn't for him do you really think Shady, Budden & Tech would be so open... Yea N9ne been in the game longer but he wasn't as dark as he is now until millenium approached & he caught the bug.

    • jaketheshape

      es. tech n9ne would be as open. n9ne has always been open and had very personal issues in his music. open your fuckin ears. Thats why tech had such a loyal fan base before he blew up.

  • Nico 3

    Bi polar isn't a disease. You can't contract it. X is a smart guy, but he's just not very realistic. If he really wanted helped, he'd get it. If he really wanted to see his kids, he would. Nobody will help this guy because they're afraid of him.

    • Doug Nichols

      If you think that you have to "contract it" for it (or anything for that matter) to be classified as a disease, you are ignorant.

  • On That Rah Rah

    Do u know what a dog needs????(Whatttttt)Uh..Uh A Dog needs a bitch......(Whattttttt) I said a dog needs a bitch.......... DMX and Aaliyah(rip) - Back in 1 Piece

  • Anonymous

    This shouldn't be a surprise. If you couldn't tell X had mental issues back when his first album came out then your a damn fool! All you can do for this guy is pray he stays on the right path, as far as the music his personal issues do not affect what he's given to hip hop. That's real rap!!

  • Helmut Smith

    I´ll pray with you X. God bless this fool.

  • Anonymous

    Looks like he's got a broken nose. Must have been rearranged in the pen

  • f

    that's the same disease that game has that's why he says he is not dissing anyone and next week he does exactly that

    • Anonymous

      i dont think game is actually bi polar, he just confused, i know some bi polar people and it doesnt seem like thats what he has

  • askd

    X is definitely crazy and and a crackhead, but also one of my favorite emcees. His first three albums were fire

  • thanksx

    this some real shit man i'am glad you admited that. cause a lot nigga is bi polar as hell i have some mental problems myself. and people try to act like those that are rich and famous don't have mental problems. haha its great that he admit this but dont accept to sell records any more because now that you admited that you have mental problems people are going to write off everyting you say. but thank you so much for saying this cause you give people like me with mental problems courage!

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