On Tuesday, Kim Kardashian West spoke out about her husband Kanye West’s bipolar disorder. Kardashian West issued a statement after West made a series of tweets that have now been deleted.
On Wednesday she posted a long message to her Instagram.
“As many of you know, Kanye has bipolar disorder,” she wrote. “Anyone who has this or 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.”
West announced earlier this month that he was running for president. He gave a bizarre and rambling speech at his first campaign rally in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday. He broke down in tears when speaking about abortion and said that anyone who has a baby should get $1 million from the government.
“Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behavior know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor,” Kardashian West wrote. “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,” Kardashian West wrote. “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.
“Those who are close to Kanye know his heart and understand his words sometimes do not align with his intentions.”
Kardashian West went on to ask for support and empathy for her husband.
“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,” she added. “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 wellbeing and for your understanding.”