Kim Kardashian has asked the public and the media to extend “compassion and empathy” to her husband, Kanye West, whose recent statements have prompted concerns – and jokes – about his mental health.
Taking to Instagram overnight, Kardashian commented on the response to the rapper’s behaviour, which included a series of erratic tweets and a ‘campaign’ rally which saw West burst into tears.
Urging fans to recognise his diagnosis of bipolar disorder, Kardashian said the mental illness is “incredibly complicated and difficult to understand.”
“I’ve never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy when it comes to his health,” she said.
“But today, I feel like I should comment on it because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health.”
Earlier, West tweeted that Kardashian “was trying to fly to Wyoming with a doctor to lock me up like on the movie Get Out“.
“Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behaviour know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor,” Kardashian said on Instagram.
“People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual themselves have to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”
Discussing West’s stated desire to run for President of the United States, Kardashian said living with bipolar disorder doesn’t “invalidate his dreams”, adding that “many of his big dreams have come true.”
Noting the increasing public understanding of some mental health conditions, Kardashian asked for “compassion and empathy”, and thanked fans who expressed genuine concerns for the star’s wellbeing.
West publicly disclosed his bipolar diagnosis in 2018. His album ye, released the same year, featured cover art bearing the phrase “I hate being bi-polar, it’s awesome”, while the song Yikes calls the condition a “superpower.”
You can catch Kardashian’s full statement below.
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