Besides announcing his intention of running for president of the United States and holding a “rally”, Kanye West has also been on a Twitter rant over the past couple days, saying he wanted a divorce from his wife of five years, Kim Kardashian, after she met with fellow rapper Meek Mill at a hotel.
West, who in 2018 revealed he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, also called out his mother-in-law, Kris Jenner, claiming she and Kim were trying to lock him up with a doctor in a series of Tweets that were later deleted.
Responding to her husband’s behavior over the past couple days in a statement on Instagram on Wednesday, Kim, 39, opened up about her husband’s condition, his struggles and asked the media and general public to give her family the “compassion and empathy that is needed” so they can “get through this.”
Read her full statement below:
As many of you know, Kanye has bipolar disorder. Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is 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. But today, I feel like I should comment on it because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health.
Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behavior know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor. 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.
I understand Kanye is subject to criticism because he is a public figure and his actions at times can cause strong opinions and emotions. He is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of the pressures of being an artist and a Black man, who experimented the painful loss of his mother, and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bipolar disorder. Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions.
Living with bipolar disorder does not diminish or invalidate his dreams and his creative ideas, no matter how big or unobtainable they may feel to some. That is part of his genius and as we have all witnessed, many of his big dreams have come true.
We as a society talk about giving grace to the issue of mental health as a whole, however, we should also give it to the individuals who are living with it in times when they need it the most. I kindly ask that the media and public give us the compassion and empathy that is needed so that we can get through this. Thank you for those who have expressed concern for Kanye’s well-being and for your understanding.
With love and gratitude,
Kim Kardashian West