Kanye West Broke Down Backstage at SNL, Threatened to Storm Out: Report

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Kanye West is walking mass of ego mixed with crazy at all times, but lately, he's been even more Kanye than usual.

It seems the release of his long-awaited studio album, The Life of Pablo, has been putting the rapper/fashion designer/professional D-bag under an unusual amount of stress, and now we're bearing witness to what happens when Kanye cracks.

Kanye West on Saturday Night Live

The man claims to be $53 million in debt.

He's resorted to asking famous billionaires like Mark Zuckerberg to stop building schools in Africa so that they can lend him money.

Even Kanye's best friends and collaborators have stated that they believe he "needs spiritual and mental counseling."

Now, The New York Post is reporting that the many burdens of Yeezus came to a head backstage at Saturday Night Live last week.

Kanye gave two performances as the show's musical guest, but it seems he very nearly bolted out of the studio and had to be talked into go on stage.

“Just moments leading into the live show, and during the live show, Kanye had a meltdown and threatened to walk off,” says one production insider.

The source claims Kanye freaked out for unknown reasons just as the show was about to begin, then again after his first song, which he apparently wasn't happy with.

“It had something to do with the set,” says the insider. “Kim, who was in the audience with Kylie Jenner, had to come down. [SNL producer] Lorne [Michaels] had to personally talk to Kanye. There were a few really tense minutes."

In the end, the show went on (to mixed reviews), but it's a safe bet that you being seeing Yeezy on stage at SNL again in the near future.

"He freaked out about how the set was arranged," says the source.

"He was saying he’s ‘the greatest artist.’ He’s having regular meltdowns. Everyone’s walking on eggshells around him. He’s under a lot of stress between the new album and the fashion line.”

We imagine Lorne and company prefer that the laughable shenanigans take place on camera.

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