#PrayForYe: Demi Lovato, Halsey & More Speak Out After Trolls Mock Kanye For Meltdown

Following his breakdown at a presidential campaign rally on Sunday, Kanye West went off the rails on Twitter, tweeting that his wife, Kim Kardashian, and mother-in-law, Kris, were trying to lock him up. He went on to almost threaten Kris, telling her not to play with him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, other celebrities have taken to their own Twitter accounts, calling for people to stop mocking Kanye and his breakdown. Demi Lovato, who has been very open about her own struggles with mental illness, took to Twitter to call out those making memes about Kanye’s mental illness, asking them to be compassionate instead as there are more to celebrities than what is seen when you “watch them on TV”.

 

 

Halsey, another celebrity who has talked about her own struggles – with being bipolar, especially – shared a long thread on why it is important to be able to distinguish the difference between a rebuttal of someone’s opinion because you do not agree with them and a response that simply makes their mental health the butt of a joke.

 

“No jokes right now. I have dedicated my career to offering education and insight about bipolar disorder and I’m so disturbed by what I’m seeing. Personal opinions about someone aside, a manic episode isnt a joke. If you can’t offer understanding or sympathy, offer your silence.”

 

“A lot of people you know probably have bipolar disorder and you aren’t aware of it. Taking this opportunity to make offensive remarks and villify people with mental illnesses is really not the way to go…this is the exact triggering shit that causes people to keep quiet about it.”

 

“you can hate someone’s actions or opinions without contributing to stigma that damages an entire community of sometimes vulnerable people all for a couple of laughs.”

 

“If you wanna think someone is an asshole, go ahead. Lots of people with mental illnesses are great. Lots of them are assholes. Because they are people. With nuanced personalities. But making jokes specifically targeted towards bipolar hurts more than the 1 person ur angry with.”

 

She signs off,

 

Sincerely, Human Being with a Decade Long Bipolar Diagnosis.”

 

Jamie Lynn Spears (sister to Britney Spears) was inspired by Halsey’s words and took a screenshot of it to post on her Instagram account. She accompanied the image of Halsey’s first tweet awhile asking that people understand the importance of privacy and support for the people involved ( i.e. Kanye, Kim and their family).

 

 

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👆🏻👏🏻👆🏻👏🏻👆🏻. “If you can’t offer understanding or sympathy, offer your silence”- HALSEY. If you deal with mental illness or care for someone dealing with mental illness, then you know how important it is to respect the situation with privacy for the person, and the family trying to protect their loved ones, no matter how it may appear to the public, and as the public we must learn to do the same. I pray this doesn’t bring shame to anyone dealing with mental illness, you are not alone, and you are loved. Sending all my love and prayers to all of you♥️

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As of yet, Kim has yet to comment or publicly address the situation. However, sources have been quoted saying that despite Kim’s best efforts, Kanye has refused help and treatment. As a result, Kim has been left feeling “devastated”. According to ET,

 

Kim has always been public about everything in her life, but with Kanye and him being bipolar she has always respected to keep that more private and within the family. Kanye tweeting about the family and painting her as trying to ‘lock him up’ has upset Kim because that wasn’t her intention and she only ever wants the best for her husband.”

 

Kanye has since updated fans by giving props to comedian Dave Chappelle, who had apparently flown to Wyoming to check on him.

 

 

In 2018, Kanye was diagnosed with bipolar disorder, which caused a lot of his unpredictable behaviour, manic attacks and depressive episodes. On David Letterman’s Netflix show, ‘My Next Guest Needs No Introduction’, Kanye described having a bipolar disorder as being in a state of hyper-paranoia. He said,

 

Everyone — this is my experience, other people have different experiences — everyone now is an actor. Everything’s a conspiracy. You feel the government is putting chips in your head. You feel you’re being recorded. You feel all these things. You have this moment [where] you feel everyone wants to kill you. You pretty much don’t trust anyone.”

 

Bipolar disorder affects about 45 million people worldwide and is characterised by “extreme shifts in mood, energy, and behaviour”. These shifts can last for any time between a few hours to a few weeks and is a lifelong ailment. As for treatment, it ranges from a combination of medication (for sleep, anxiety and mood stabilisation) as well as psychotherapy (“talk therapy”).

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