KIM KARDASHIAN said she is ‘powerless’ to help husband Kanye West as she spoke out for the first time about his bipolar disorder.
The 39-year-old reality star broke her silence on the rapper’s recent erratic behaviour after he tweeted that he has been trying to divorce her for two years and that her mother Kris Jenner is a ‘white supremacist’.
Yesterday, Kardashian appealed for understanding for 44-year-old West’s condition, describing him as ‘brilliant but complicated’.
The NHS says sufferers often experience depression and bouts of mania.
She called for ‘giving grace to the issue of mental health’ following her husband’s revelations on Twitter about their personal problems during a ‘meltdown’ that began at his first US presidential campaign rally in South Carolina on Sunday.
She posted on Instagram: ‘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.’
Focusing on her husband’s condition rather than his claims, Kardashian added: ‘I should comment on it because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health.
‘Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behaviour 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.’
Urging followers not to attack West, whose new album Donna — named after his late mother — is released today, she went on: ‘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, has to deal with bi-polar disorder.
‘Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions.’
She said her husband’s condition ‘is part of his genius and, as we have all witnessed, many of his big dreams have come true’. She added: ‘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.’
Kardashian has four children, aged between one and seven, with West. Her comments followed her husband’s claims that they discussed her having an abortion when she was pregnant with their first child — and that he wanted to end their six-year marriage after learning that his wife had met fellow rapper Meek Mill in a hotel room.
He also compared his mother-in-law Kris Jenner to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un and speculated about Michael Jackson being murdered.
Marjorie Wallace, chief executive of mental health charity SANE, said bipolar ‘can be a devastating condition’ that affects one in 100 people. ‘While in a “high” mood, a person can experience extraordinary energy, excitement and ambition, from which they can all too readily plummet into a state of hopelessness and despair,’ she said.
‘Living with unpredictable mood swings can also take its toll on families and close friends, who in our experience often receive little support. For this to be played out in such a public way can only intensify the damage and heartbreak this condition can inflict.’