Following a tumultuous few days for Kanye West, who has spoken about very private family matters in a public way, Kim Kardashian West has broken her silence.
Opening up about her husband’s bipolar disorder, the makeup mogul asked for “compassion and empathy” from the public and media.
Over the last couple of days, West has been posting a series of erratic Twitter posts regarding personal matters, his family and more after appearing at a rally in South Carolina to launch his presidential campaign.
Kardashian took to Instagram to address the erratic behaviour her husband has been showing and also addressed his bipolar disorder.
“As many of you know, Kanye has bipolar disorder,” she began. “Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand.”
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She continued to say, “I understand Kanye is subject to criticism because he is a public figure and his actions at times can cause strong opinions and emotions.”
The 39-year-old went onto highlight how the loss of his mother has affected him, as well as struggling with mental health issues has put “pressure” on him.
“He is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of the pressures of being an artist and a Black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother, and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bipolar disorder,” she said. “Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times [sic] 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.”
She asked that everyone give “grace” to the individuals, including her husband, who are struggling with mental issues, and also asked for “compassion and empathy” during this trying time.
“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 most,” she said. “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.”
Following West’s outspoken words at the rally, Page Six reported that Kardashian and her family were left “mortified” by his behaviour, but are desperate to help the 44-year-old, who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2016.
“She has desperately been trying to help Kanye, keep him calm, and prevent him from having any public meltdowns,” a source told the publication. “The family believe he is having a bipolar episode.
“He won’t take medications because he feels they make him less creative.”
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