Kanye West has tweeted a public apology to his wife, Kim Kardashian, after discussing personal family matters at a campaign rally and on social media over the past week.
“I would like to apologize to my wife Kim for going public with something that was a private matter. I did not cover her like she has covered me. To Kim I want to say I know I hurt you. Please forgive me. Thank you for always being there for me,” West wrote on Twitter on Saturday (July 25).
Last weekend, West broke down in tears at his first presidential campaign rally. The rapper and political hopeful, who recently announced his intentions to run for president in 2020, told a South Carolina crowd that his father had wanted his mother to abort him, and that he and Kardashian considered having an abortion when she was pregnant with their first child, North.
“My mom saved my life. My dad wanted to abort me. My mom saved my life. There would’ve been no Kanye West because my dad was too busy,” he revealed at the event, crying as he went on to say, “I almost killed my daughter.”
“In the Bible it says, ‘Thou shall not kill.’ I remember my girlfriend [now wife, Kim Kardashian] called me screaming and crying … she said, ‘I’m pregnant’ … She said she was a pregnant and for one month, and two months, and three months we talked about her not having this child. She had the pills in her hand,” West said.
He described being “in the [Paris] apartment where my wife was actually robbed” when “the screen went black and white and God said, ‘If you f— with my vision, I’m gonna f— with yours. And I called my wife, and she said, ‘We’re gonna have this baby.’ I said, ‘We’re gonna have this child.'”
“Even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech,” West told those in attendance, “she brought North into the world.”
On Monday night, West posted a series of now-deleted late-night tweets aimed at his wife and his mother-in-law, Kris Jenner.
By Wednesday, Kardashian released a public statement about the week’s headlines herself, addressing her husband’s bipolar disorder and coming to his defense.
“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 the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bi-polar disorder,” she wrote, noting that she does not typically speak about how his bipolar disorder impacts their family life. “Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions.”
Kardashian 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 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.”
See West’s apology tweet below.