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CupcakKe cancels shows after saying she’s retiring from music

CupcakKe at Thalia Hall
CupcakKe in Chicago in 2018 (more by James Richards IV)

CupcakKe took a break from her fall $10k Tour on Sunday night (9/22) to stream a video on Instagram live. In the clip, which you can watch in full via XXL below, an emotional CupcakKe, wrapped in a sheet, says she’s quitting music. “So, this live will be the last video that y’all see of me,” she says. “All my career, y’all have known me to be a nice girl, which I am. Recently, the past night, and today, I just been sporadic. It’s because I wanted to get as much attention as possible to let y’all know that I will no longer be doing music. And all of my music will be coming off every platform. I decided to give up. I decided to give up. I don’t want to say give up, let go music because I feel as though I’m corrupting the youth.”

“I want to go to heaven after this,” she continues, “and I don’t want to go to hell. Just seeing all-age kids at the shows, seeing them sing along to ‘hump me’ and ‘fuck me’ and all this shit, it has torn me apart. I’m just not happy. I don’t want to be around no one right now…It’s wrong. And even if it’s OK for y’all, it’s not OK with me…I want to be normal again.”

CupcakKe also admits to having a “very bad gambling addiction,” in the video, including an instance when she says she lost $700,000 gambling in a casino in September of 2018.

CupcakKe’s twitter, @cupcakke_rapper, has been deleted, and the posts have been removed from her Instagram. She also said “every record is coming down” from streaming services, although as of now her music is still available to stream.

While some venues still list tickets on sale for upcoming shows on the $10k Tour, CupcakKe says it’s off, and multiple shows have been cancelled, including tonight (9/23) at The Masquerade in Atlanta, GA and Tuesday (9/24) at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC. LPR writes, “due to circumstances beyond our control, CupcakKe’s performance scheduled for tomorrow, September 24th at LPR has been cancelled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Refunds will be issued within 7-10 business days.”

Earlier this year, CupcakKe was taken to the hospital after posting suicidal messages on social media. “I’ve been fighting with depression for the longest,” she wrote at the time. “I went to the hospital and I’m finally getting the help that I need to get through, be happy, and deliver great music.”

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