Kim Kardashian has finally broken her silence over a series of social media posts made by her husband Kanye West that raised concerns about the rapper’s mental health.
On Wednesday, Kardashian shared a plea on her Instagram stories, calling for the public to have “compassion and empathy” for their family. The statement was released following West’s posts on Twitter earlier this week. In the since-deleted tweets, West claimed he’s considered divorcing Kardashian for over two years following a meeting she had with rapper Meek Mill to discuss criminal justice reform, according to People.
“I’ve been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform,’” Ye wrote and attached a screenshot of another tweet: “Meek is my man and was respectful That’s my dog Kim was out of line I’m worth five billion dollars and more than that through Christ But y’all ain’t listen to MJ and now y’all believe them???”
West also took shots at Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner, whom he called “Kris Jong-Un,” and accused his wife of trying to “lock him up,” People reported. “Kim tried to bring a doctor to lock me up with a doctor,” he wrote. “If I get locked up like Mandela Ya’ll will know why.”
In a statement posted to her Instagram Stories, Kardashian defended West, who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder since 2016. “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 wrote. “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 off [sic] the stigma and misconceptions about mental health.”
She then called West 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.”
Kardashian concluded her statement by requesting the media and public to respect their family’s privacy so that “we can get through this.”
West has been gearing up for his new album, Donda, which he announced would drop this Friday. As Pitchfork notes, the record seems to be a different album from God’s Country, which the rapper teased in May. He also recently released two songs, “Donda” and “Wash Us in the Blood” featuring Travis Scott. West also recently announced he will be running to become the next President of the United States. Though it’s unclear whether West’s bid is serious given that he has missed a number of important filing deadlines, the rapper held a rally in South Carolina earlier this week.
Read Kim Kardashian’s full statement below:
Kim Kardashian speaks out on the cultural stigma of bipolar disorder following alarming series of tweets from Kanye West:
“Living with bipolar disorder does not diminish or invalidate his dreams and his creative ideas” pic.twitter.com/jLB88KNn3V
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) July 22, 2020