Kim Kardashian has issued a statement discussing her husband Kanye West’s mental health and his bipolar disorder.
West, who was diagnosed with being bipolar in 2016, has been acting out of character and has posted a series of chaotic social media messages of late. That, coinciding with his high-profile bid to become the President of the United States, also resulted in the musician suffering a public breakdown at his first rally in Charleston last weekend.
The rapper also posted now-deleted tweets claiming he has been trying to divorce Kim for the last two years, labelled her mother “Kris Jong-Un” and likened himself to the protagonist in Jordan Peele’s 2017 horror film Get Out.
Now Kardashian has issued a statement about his behaviour, stating: “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.”
She continued: “Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behaviour know that 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.”
“Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions.” Kardashian also noted: “We as a society talk about giving grace to the issue of mental health as a whole, however, we should also give grace to the individuals who are living with it in times when they need it the most. I kindly ask that the media and the public give us the compassion and empathy that is needed to that we can get through this.”
Read the heartfelt statement in full, below.