Kim Kardashian West Asks For “Compassion and Empathy” In Statement About Kanye West
After a string of tweets, along with an emotional rally speech by the rapper and designer, Kardashian West addressed her husband’s mental health.
Kim Kardashian West broke her silence about her husband Kanye West’s mental health after a string of the rapper’s tweets left fans and others concerned.
The reality star and entrepreneur posted a statement on her Instagram story Wednesday addressing the recent tweets by West that have gained thousands of interactions.
Kardashian West wrote, “As many of you know, Kanye has bi-polar 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.”
She went on to say that she has never previously addressed West’s mental health publicly because she is “very protective” of the couple’s four children, along with being respectful of West’s privacy. Kardashian West then said she chose to break her silence because of the “stigma and misconceptions about mental health.”
She goes on to say that family members and loved ones are often “powerless” when the person living with mental illness is not a minor, and said 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 cause strong opinions and emotions,” Kardashian West continued. “Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words sometimes do not align with his intentions.”
Kardashian West then asked her 180 million followers for “compassion and empathy” during this 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 individuals who are living with it in times when they need it the most,” she wrote.
Over the last few days, West has taken to Twitter to share a series of tweets that mentioned Kardashian family members and other famous people, most of which have since been deleted. In one, West said he has “been trying to get divorced” from Kardashian West, and called Kris Jenner “Kris Jong-Un.” West also called out several high-profile names including actor Shia LaBeouf, Vogue Editor-In-Chief Anna Wintour, and rapper Meek Mill.
In other tweets, West said, “Kim was trying to fly to Wyoming with a doctor to lock me up like on the movie Get Out because I cried about saving my daughters life yesterday.” The couple has been notably staying in Wyoming at a ranch that West purchased last year.
West appeared in North Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday during a rally for a presidential run weeks after he announced he was running for president, though he hadn't previously taken conventional steps in running a campaign. During an impassioned speech, West said his father wanted to abort him and tearfully said, “I almost killed my daughter. I love my daughter… God wants us to create.”
West also tweeted on Tuesday night that he’s releasing a new album on Friday.
Many people expressed concern for West — including comedian Dave Chappelle, who West said flew out to Wyoming to see him. Others echoed Kardashian West’s sentiment about showing compassion for West and his mental health.
“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 bi-polar disorder,” Kardashian West wrote. “Thank you for those who have expressed concern for Kanye’s well being and for understanding.”