Kim Kardashian seeks ‘compassion’ for husband Kanye West

Kanye West, one of the world’s best-selling artists, announced he was running for president on July 4. (AFP)
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Updated 23 July 2020

Kim Kardashian seeks ‘compassion’ for husband Kanye West

WASHINGTON: Kim Kardashian West on Wednesday opened up about her husband Kanye West’s bipolar disorder, calling on the media and public to show “compassion and empathy” in light of the rapper’s recent erratic behavior.

West launched his presidential campaign Sunday in a rambling speech where he made bizarre comments about abolitionist Harriet Tubman, revealed he had wanted to abort his now seven-year-old daughter, and broke down in tears.

He has continued grabbing headlines in recent days for his tweets, later deleted, that accused his wife and mother-in-law of trying to lock him up, and suggested he is seeking a divorce.

Reality TV star Kardashian West wrote in a lengthy Instagram story that she had been reluctant to speak publicly about how her husband's illness had affected his family “because I am very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy.”




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But today, I feel like I should comment on it because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health,” said the 39-year-old.

Biploar disorder is a mental illness characterized by extreme mood swings.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

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Patients experience both mania, where they feel euphoric and often act recklessly, and bouts of severe depression that can leave them unable to function and fixated on suicide.

Kardashian West said in her post: “Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behavior know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor.”




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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,” the mother-of-four added. 

She said she understood that, as a public figure, West’s words were subject to criticism and could evoke “strong opinions and emotions.”

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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But she added that he is a “brilliant and complicated person who on top of being an artist and a black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother ... 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.”




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She closed out her statement by saying that living with bipolar disorder did not invalidate her husband’s dreams or ambitions, “and as we have all witnessed, many of his big dreams have come true.”

West, one of the world’s best-selling artists, announced he was running for president on July 4.

 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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“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,” said Kardashian West.

“I kindly ask that the media and public give us the compassion and empathy that is needed so that we can get through this,” she concluded.

West, 43, first revealed his diagnosis on his 2018 album “Ye” where he called it his “superpower.”


Gerard Butler talks family and high-octane action films

Updated 30 September 2020

Gerard Butler talks family and high-octane action films

LOS ANGELES: Hollywood’s latest disaster movie offering, “Greenland,” sees humanity threatened by a comet on a collision course with Earth — Arab News sat down with stars Gerard Butler and Morena Baccarin to find out more about the high-octane film.

While many disaster movies focus on experts in big-picture attempts to stop the disaster, “Greenland” keeps the stakes personal by following the Garrity family as they journey to find shelter before it’s too late.

“This story is so relatable because this guy, he’s not a Secret Service agent. He’s not a superhero,” Butler said of his character, John Garrity. “He’s just a dad and he’s not even a perfect dad.”

“Greenland” follows the Garrity family as they journey to find shelter before it’s too late. Supplied

As meteorites decimate cities and people give in to panic, the estranged Garrity family grows closer, mirroring Butler’s real-life relationships with his parents, who despite having not seen him in months due to COVID-19 restrictions, are still just as doting as ever. 

“It’s very sweet that they still care and you’re still their little boy,” Butler said, adding that he mined his relationship with his parents for insight on how to play a caring father. “That definitely helped me in the role, to play that father who will do anything in these trying times to try and protect his family in the midst of this craziness.”

The film was directed by Ric Roman Waugh. Supplied

And while their characters were growing closer, the actors formed a tight knit group as well. Co-star Morena Baccarin told Arab News that she coached and comforted the actor playing the family’s young son — Roger Dale Flloyd — and that she and Butler became good friends on set.

“There are days where you’re just so tired and you’re not in the mood or you don’t want to put yourself through the ringer emotionally,” Baccarin — who plays estranged wife Allison Garrity — said, adding “we just could check in with each other and be there for each other and that was really nice.”

Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, the film has faced repeated delays in the US, but has already hit the big screens in some international markets — including Saudi Arabia and the UAE — where COVID-19 regulations have been amended.