Kim Kardashian is asking for compassion and empathy for Kanye West's struggles with bi-polar disorder that have led to a series of chaotic tweets on subjects ranging from politics to his marriage.
Kim's statement on her Instagram story were her first public comment on weeks of interviews, public appearances and Twitter comments by Kanye that have raised concerns about his mental health.
"As many of you know, Kanye has bi-polar disorder," she wrote, calling him a "brilliant but complicated person."
"Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions," Kardashian wrote.
Kim's comments follow another late-night series of tweets from Kanye, including one where he said he was trying to divorce Kardashian. His tweet was swiftly deleted.
Kanye announced he had bi-polar disorder in 2018 and has in the past said that he feels medication stifles his creativity.
Kim said she and her family were trying to get help for Kanye, and spoke about the stigma and misunderstandings around mental health.
"Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behavior know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor," she said.
She said individuals themselves have to engage in the process of getting help, no matter how hard family and friends try.