There was a season of Tyrese’s public life when people were concerned about his mental health. The multihyphenate entertainer took to the internet with an outrageous claim back in 2017, and he’s clarifying what was going on for him at the time. During that season, Tyrese and his ex-wife Norma Mitchell were engaged in a bitter custody battle. The singer appeared online in a tearful video that has gone down in viral history. He lamented over his daughter and elsewhere, Tyrese claimed Will Smith gave him $5 million to help him with the legal fees involved in his custody dispute.
At the time, Tyrese wrote: “My wife kept the news away from me ’cause I’ve been on with lawyers all day, but our family and our sister Jada Pinkett-Smith and my brother Will Smith just sent us 5 million dollars to help keep us afloat. The Smiths and their whole family has always shown up for The Gibson’s. Uncle Will you’re an uncle for real.” However, soon Smith’s team would emerge with a denial. They insisted the Oscar winner didn’t loan the Fast & Furious star any money.
Tyrese Claims Depression Meds Were The Culprit
In their 2017 reaction to Tyrese’s claims, the Smiths further admitted they were longtime friends of the actor. There were also rumors that the couple was concerned he was in the midst of “some sort of breakdown,” and in a recent appearance on Sway’s Universe, Tyrese addressed the controversy. He says it was the depression medications he was prescribed that made him act that way.
“Will Smith is gonna give me $5 million? I never even talked to Will Smith. I was out of my mind,” he stated. After losing custody of his daughter with Mitchell, Tyrese was prescribed Rexulti. Insider reported the medication could cause sudden changes in moods and uncontrollable impulses.
Back On Track
Tyrese and his ex are now on better terms, and he regularly sees their daughter. “I travel, and I move all the time. I’m used to being away from my baby. But to take my baby away for 100 days? Oh, I was f*cking miserable,” Tyrese admitted to Sway. “So, then the psychiatrist says, ‘Here’s some psych meds that’ll help stabilize your mood, because you barely sleep, you’re stressed the f*ck out, and your firstborn was taken away from you.’”
“You put some sh*t like Rexulti in my system, it’s going to have the worst adverse effects ever,” he added. “I’m online talking about Will Smith giving me $5 million. I never talked to Will Smith and I still haven’t recovered from the damage that I did to him and his family. They didn’t deserve them phone calls.”