Kim Kardashian is opening up about her husband’s struggles with mental health.
In a series of posts to her Instagram Story, the reality star addressed a number of issues related to Kanye West’s bipolar disorder diagnosis.
— Calvin (@realcalvinn) July 22, 2020
“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. 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,” she wrote.
“I understand Kanye is subject to criticism because he 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 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 with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions.
“Living with bi-polar 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.”
The 39-year-old also addressed the media coverage of her husband.
“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,” 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.”
“Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo showed her support for Kardashian on Twitter.
— Ellen Pompeo (@EllenPompeo) July 22, 2020
In recent weeks, West has garnered much attention and controversy surrounding his purported run for president of the United States and comments made about Harriet Tubman.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 5, 2020
On Twitter earlier this month, Kardashian appeared to support West’s presidential aspirations.