KIM Kardashian has asked for "compassion" from fans in the midst of her husband Kanye West's "painful" battle with bipolar disorder.
The reality star, 39, called Kanye a "brilliant but complicated person" but said she feel "powerless" to help him, in a lengthy post on Instagram.
Kanye made a series of bizarre allegations in a twitter rant on Wednesday morning, including that Kim considered having an abortion and that he's been trying to divorce her for a year.
He also claimed Michael Jackson was murdered and accused her mother Kris Jenner of being a "white supremacist".
Hours after his tirade, Kim wrote: "As many of you know, Kanye has bipolar disorder. Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how 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."
The mother-of-four went on: "But today, I feel like 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 judgemental and not understand that the individual themselves have to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.
"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 experiences the painful loss of his mother and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bi-polar disorder."
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians star then seemed to discuss Kanye's presidential campaign, as she declared that his ambitions are part of his "genius".
Kim wrote: "Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words sometimes 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 dreams have come true."
She concluded: "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 in times when they need it the most.
"I kindly ask that the media and public give us the compassion and empathy that is needed so that we can get through this.
"Thank you for those who have expressed concern for Kanye’s well being and for your understanding. With love and gratitude, Kim Kardashian West."
What is bipolar disorder?
Bipolar disorder is a severe mental health illness characterised by extreme mood swings of manic highs and depressive lows.
The disorder is a medical condition that can affect moods, and typically can make them swing from one extreme emotion to another.
It is categorised by episodes of extreme highs, mania, or extreme lows, depression.
If mood swings last a long time, but aren’t severe enough to be classed as bipolar disorder, some people are diagnosed with having cyclothymia (a mild form of bipolar disorder).
It is thought about 29million people worldwide suffer from bipolar disorder.
- Depression – feeling very low and lethargic
- Mania – feeling very high and overactive
- Extreme episodes can last for several weeks or even longer.
During a manic phase of bipolar disorder, a person may:
- Feel very happy
- Have lots of energy, ambitious plans and ideas
- Spend large amounts of money on things you cannot afford and would not normally want
- Not feel like eating or sleeping
- Talk quickly
- Become annoyed easily
- They may feel very creative and view the manic phase of bipolar as a positive experience.
- But they may also experience symptoms of psychosis, where they see or hear things that are not there or become convinced of things that are not true.
Kanye's behaviour in recent weeks has raised concerns that he is in the midst of a manic episode caused by his bipolar disorder – a condition he has spoken about publicly in the past.
Kim has told friends she’s “living through the worst nightmare of her life”.
In another tweet about Michael Jackson, Kanye said that the singer was murdered.
The rapper – who broke down in tears during his first campaign event this week – wrote: "MJ told you about Tommy before they killed him Kim saved my daughters life in the name of Jesus."
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