Desiigner has opened up about admitting himself into a mental health facility on what also served as his 26th birthday earlier this week.
The “Panda” rapper was charged with indecent exposure following an April flight from Japan back home to the States and he decided it was time to get help.
The Brooklyn native penned a heartfelt letter to fans letting them know “Timmy Turner 2” was on the way and he’d be going off the grid for a bit as he entered the facility.
“I turned 26 today and i want to thank ya’ll for holding me down,” he wrote to Instagram on Wednesday (May 3). “I admitted myself into a facility last week to focus on my mental health. But before that i had planned to release TIIMMY TURNER 2 this week as a surprise to my fans. I recorded this joint a while ago and it reflects on where i’ve been mentally over the past year.
“Sorry i can’t promote it the way i like to cause i’m off the grid, but i just want to give you some new music while i take time away to become a better me. I’m going through a tough time right now but i won’t let my struggles define who i am. I will come back stronger and make more music that connects with all of you on a deeper level.”
He continued: “For those of you dealing with any mental health issues, it’s okay to ask for help.”
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Desiigner was accused of exposing himself “multiple times” on the international flight last month and was reprimanded by stewardesses on board. The rapper was allegedly also caught masturbating at one point.
The former GOOD Music rapper was reportedly handed an FAA violation card following the incidents, then moved to the rear of the plane with two travel companions to be monitored. Upon landing, he was detained and interviewed by the FBI.
A charge of indecent exposure on an aircraft is a misdemeanor that’s punishable by up to 90 days behind bars and a $500 fine if convicted.
The 26-year-old provided a statement to TMZ following the incident, in which he claimed his prescription medication was what caused everything to go down, but that he’d also been dealing with mental health struggles for quite some time, and he was finally going to seek help for them.
Earlier in January, Desiigner ended his short-lived retirement with the release of a new song, “Bigger & Bigger.”
The rapper claimed that it was the death of Migos rapper TakeOff that inspired his sabbatical from the music industry, but that he realized he had to keep going because music was serving as his therapy.
“I’m not gonna stop. Music is my therapy,” Desiigner said on his IG Stories. “Lost a lot of bros this year. We all say things out of emotions but the truth is in me being able to let out a good cry [helped] me see things more clearer now. I’m excited to keep sharing the gift of music that God gave me to y’all.”