DMX Talks About Bipolar Disorder, Drug Addiction

The troubled rapper claims he is "not the person the media portrays."

Posted: 08/06/2011 06:09 PM EDT
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DMX took another step toward rehabilitation this week by opening up for the first time on his deepest personal struggles. Speaking to Arizona's ABC 15, the rapper once known as Earl Simmons revealed he suffers from bipolar disorder.

“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 said. “I'm Earl when I'm with my children. I miss my children, I miss my children, I miss my children."

DMX went on to say he is trying to separate his two identities and move past his well-documented struggles with substance abuse. "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."

"Every day, I start my day off with a prayer, ask 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.”

In spite of his struggles, Dark Man X insists his success in the industry has been unparalleled. “There will never be another me, never," he said. "To this date I have records that have yet to be broken."

(Photo: Frank Micelotta/GettyImages)

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