Kanye West has exhibited attention-grabbing—and at times troubling—behavior in recent weeks. At an event billed as a rally for his ill-fated presidential bid, West delivered a rambling speech touching on topics from Harriet Tubman to his plan to restrict reproductive choice if elected, all while clad in a bulletproof vest.
In the days since, he has unleashed a torrent of posts on social media, many of them criticizing his wife, Kim Kardashian, and her family, including claiming he sought a divorce and that she had attempted to “lock [him] up.” In other posts he called Kardashian’s mother, Kris Jenner, “Kris Jong-Un” and accused Kardashian and Jenner of acting out of “white supremacy” for commenting to the press about him.
He also implied that Kardashian used her criminal justice reform advocacy to cover for an affair he claims she had with rapper Meek Mill. Mill has flatly denied the allegation, claiming that at the activist summit in question he and Kardashian were never even alone together. Witnesses who claim to have been present tell TMZ they saw Kardashian enter the public meeting at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Beverly Hills and leave by herself at the end.
Today Kardashian released her first official comment on her husband’s recent behavior. West announced publicly in 2016 that he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder; in her statement, Kardashian framed the recent outbursts as a symptom of his ongoing mental health concerns.
“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 time when they need it them most,” she writes. “I kindly ask that the media and public give us the compassion and empathy that is needed so that we can get through this.”
“Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behavior know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor,” she writes, perhaps a reference to West’s assertions that Kardashian and her mother, Kris Jenner, have recently attempted to have him committed to a mental health institution. He was previously hospitalized in 2016 for what The New York Times described at the time as a “psychiatric emergency.”
Prior to Kardashian’s official statement, a person described as a source close to the family reportedly told People that they had been “trying to get Kanye help for weeks,” but that he was not receptive and, instead, was isolating himself at a property in Wyoming.
“Kanye is in Cody because he doesn’t want help. If he wanted help, he would come back to L.A.,” the unnamed source said. “Kim’s family is around to support her as always. And they love Kanye. They want him to be healthy. They are all trying to figure out how to help Kanye. They are in contact with medical professionals for guidance.”
Amid the controversy, West has announced he will be releasing a new album, tentatively titled Donda: With Child. He claims that the music and an accompanying film project will debut on July 24. According to Genius, the album’s track list will no longer contain the song “Wash Us in Blood,” as had been previously planned. That song featured a collaboration with rapper Travis Scott, father of a child with Kim Kardashian’s half-sister Kylie Jenner.
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