It Isn’t Easy Being Azealia Banks

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It’s hard to see our musical icons as real people. They are precious, they are flawed, but somehow we hold them up to a standard different than our own. Such is the case with Azealia Banks, the dance-pop and house rap architect responsible for bangers like “Seventeen,” “212,” as well as a string of very public feuds. But behind her energetic singles and frequent online quarrels is a real person. “Every day is a difficult time,” she admits, “I’m Azealia Banks.”

Banks has never been shy about her own struggles with mental health. In December of last year, Banks posted a heartbreakingly confessional post to her Facebook, explaining how the public refuses to listen to her as she struggles with coping and finding peace, as she struggles to find the right psych-medication to fix her situation, and how her experiments trying different psych-drugs have left her feeling drained and ugly.

This past November, Azealia Banks allowed Complex to come join her for a few days in New York City to learn about her journey, to better understand what she has endured, and to find out how she deals with her demons, again and again.

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