After Kanye West fired off another barrage of wild tweets in which he said he’s been trying to divorce Kim Kardashian, the reality star requested compassion and empathy on behalf of those living with mental illness, including her husband.
West has faced both scrutiny and concern amid his newly launched presidential bid and erratic internet activity.
“As many of you know, Kanye has bi-polar disorder,” Kardashian wrote in an Instagram post Wednesday, adding that she has always been hesitant to speak about her family’s private matters. “Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand.
“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.”
Her Wednesday morning response came after the “Jesus is King” rapper, 43, said he has recently been trying to divorce her in an overnight rant, which was scrubbed from Twitter just a few minutes after it was posted.
“I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf for ‘prison reform,’” the Grammy-winner wrote.
“Meek is my man and was respectful,” he added. “That’s my dog Kim was out of line.”
It’s not clear what exactly West was referring to, but his reality star wife, who’s 39, and rapper Meek Mill both attended a criminal justice summit in November 2018.
In a series of tweets earlier this week, he also claimed Kardashian and her mother, Kris Jenner, were trying to lock him up for medical reasons because of comments made during a rally in South Carolina, where he launched his 2020 presidential bid.
West told the crowd during the Charleston event that he and his wife considered getting an abortion when she became pregnant with their first child.
Kardashian has not publicly addressed her husband’s presidential bid, but emphasized in her recent statement that “living with bipolar disorder does not diminish or invalidate his dreams and his creative ideas, no matter how big they feel to some.”
“I understand Kanye 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 pressure of being an artist and 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 wrote.
“Those who are close to Kanye know his heart and his words sometimes do not line up with his intentions.”
Kardashian, who married West in 2014, concluded the lengthy post by calling on society to use the grace they show while discussing mental health to those “who are living with it in times they need it most.”
“I kindly ask that the media give us the compassion and empathy that is needed so that we can get through this,” she wrote. “Thank you to those who have expressed concern for Kanye’s well-being and for your understanding.”
The couple share four children together, North, 7, Saint, 4, Chicago, 2 and Pslam, 14 months.