Kim Kardashian speaks out about Kanye West’s mental health, asks for ‘compassion and empathy’

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Kim Kardashian speaks out about Kanye West’s mental health, asks for ‘compassion and empathy’

Bryan Alexander and Hannah Yasharoff, USA TODAY Published 11:14 a.m. ET July 22, 2020 | Updated 2:41 p.m. ET July 22, 2020

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Kim Kardashian West is speaking out on the importance of caring for those with mental illnesses amid her husband Kanye West’s public struggle with bipolar disorder. 

West, 43, sent a barrage of worrisome tweets Monday and Tuesday nights after openly weeping over the weekend at his rambling first presidential campaign rally in South Carolina.

“I understand Kanye is subject to criticism because he is a public figure and his actions at times can cause strong opinions and emotions,” Kardashian West wrote in a lengthy Instagram statement Wednesday. “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, and 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.” 

The “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star, 39, said she decided to speak out “because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health,” despite the Kardashians usually staying tight-lipped about family issues. 

Kim Kardashian West made a rare public statement, asking for

Kim Kardashian West made a rare public statement, asking for “compassion and empathy” for husband Kanye West.

 (Photo: Evan Agostini, Invision/AP)

In his Monday tweet storm, West suggested he was at his Wyoming ranch and resisting intervention efforts by his wife Kim Kardashian, her family and medical professionals.

“Kim was trying to fly to Wyoming with a doctor to lock me up like on the movie Get Out because I cried about saving my daughters life yesterday,” West tweeted Monday, before deleting it. In other now-deleted tweets, he said he had been trying to get a divorce and accused the Kardashian family and his mother-in-law Kris Jenner of trying “to lock me up.”

Reflecting on the “incredibly complicated and painful” nature of living with or loving someone who lives with mental illness, his wife reminded followers that the family of an adult is “powerless” to help unless the person willingly engages “in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.”

“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,” Kardashian West wrote. “That is part of his genius and as we have all witnessed, many of his big dreams have come true.”

Kardashian West asked that “the media and public” give the family grace, compassion and empathy” to get through their difficult time and thanked those who reached out and expressed concern.

Kanye West makes his first presidential campaign appearance on July 19 in North Charleston, S.C.

Kanye West makes his first presidential campaign appearance on July 19 in North Charleston, S.C.

 (Photo: Lauren Petracca Ipetracca, AP)

West elicited worries about his mental health after Sunday’s rally to support his announced presidential campaign in North Charleston, South Carolina. Wearing a flak jacket that read “Security,” West shouted without a microphone, cried and offered deeply personal statements about his wife and family.

During a discussion on abortion, West veered into his private life with Kardashian, explaining that they considered terminating their first pregnancy. He emotionally said that Kardashian ended up fighting to keep the unborn child, and gave birth to daughter North in 2013.

“So even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into the world, even when I didn’t want to,” West told the crowd. “She protected that child.” 

West broke down sobbing talking about his own mother, Donda West, who made the same choice when she was pregnant. “My dad wanted to abort me. My mom saved my life. There would have been no Kanye West, because my dad was too busy.” 

“I almost killed my daughter,” he shouted shamefully, not hiding his tears.

West was hospitalized in November 2016 for a “psychiatric emergency” after police were called to his house by his personal doctor. The remaining dates on his Saint Pablo tour were canceled.

He opened up about his mental health struggles and being placed in involuntary psychiatric hold during a 2019 interview with David Letterman. Saying he had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder two years earlier, West explained what it was like to have a manic episode.

“You feel everyone wants to kill you, you pretty much don’t trust anyone, and they have this moment where they handcuff you, they drug you, they put you on the bed, and they separate you from everyone you know,” he said. 

Some of Hollywood's most famous stars have opened up about learning to embrace ongoing health issues, thereby encouraging fans to do the same.

 On July 30, Tamar Braxton opened up about her ongoing battle with mental health nearly two weeks after the singer was hospitalized on July 16 after trying to take her life 

 “Mental illness is real,” she wrote in a lengthy message on Instagram. “We have to normalize acknowledging it and stop associating it with shame and humiliation. The pain that I have experienced over the past 11 years has slowly ate away at my spirit and my mental.”

 She continued: “I will do everything in my power to aid those who from mental illness… It was only God’s grace and his mercy on my attempt to end my pain and my life that I am here to utilize my voice. “” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/07/31/USAT/06c2bdf8-3994-4da7-8715-254c7f732684-BD_1Tamar_Braxton.JPG?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” /><img data-src=Instagram post. “It’s an odd time right now and I find my feet not completely underneath me.”” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/02/13/USAT/dc4ed048-02ef-4fcb-b165-86bbbfc804c1-AFP_AFP_1OP4PQ.JPG?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” />Justin Bieber revealed in March 2019 that he was going to take a break from creating new music while he focused on his mental health. Since then, he and wife Hailey Baldwin have been vocal about self-care.

 Bieber also recently opened up about being diagnosed with Lyme disease and had “a serious case of chronic mono.”

 “While a lot of people kept saying Justin Bieber looks like (expletive), on meth etc. they failed to realize I've been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease,” he wrote in a January 2020 Instagram post, adding, “not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health.”” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/01/30/USAT/593c89cc-39f4-4f88-982f-6177a95fefa2-GTY_1027974476.JPG?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” /><img data-src=In an interview with Vogue in January 2020, Katy Perry spoke out about battling depression, saying between 2017 and 2018 she was depressed in a way that she never was before.

“I became depressed and I did not want to get out of bed. In the past, I had been able to overcome it, but this time something happened that made me fall down too many flights of stairs,” she said. “I had to really go on a mental health journey.”

Perry said she wrote new album, “Smile”, while she was “coming through one of the darkest periods of my life…This whole album is my journey towards the light – with stories of resilience, hope, and love.”” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/03/05/USAT/8a07d5b4-d69c-4718-9239-c2b8a26fe35d-GTY_1205832838.JPG?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” />Kelly Clarkson opened up about <a href=her own battle with depression during a conversation with Demi Lovato on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” in June 2020.

“I love how open you are about mental health, because I have similar issues,” Clarkson said in a clip. “I've suffered from depression.”” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/04/21/USAT/934b512b-fc7f-4a53-8b93-308e1e8c09eb-NUP_190161_0672.JPG?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” />Paris Jackson opened up about <a href=her struggles with self-harm and body image issues in a July 2020 episode of the Facebook Watch series “Unfiltered: Paris Jackson and Gabriel Glenn.” 

Jackson said she “fell into self-harm” when she gained weight following her father's death in 2009. “It was also a distraction from emotional pain and transferring it to physical pain. And a need for control,” she said, adding that her depression “comes in waves.”” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/07/20/USAT/bd768136-b75c-4626-82de-8ca09c779797-GTY_1165640795.JPG?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” />In May 2020, <a href=Camila Cabello got candid about her obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms in an essay published in WSJ magazine. The singer said her “anxiety manifested in the form of obsessive compulsive disorder.”

“OCD can take many different forms, and for me it was obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. To put it simply, it made me feel like my mind was playing a cruel trick on me,” she continued.” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/media/2020/03/23/USATODAY/usatsports/247WallSt.com-247WS-658009-imageforentry4-dw9.jpg?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” /><a href=In an interview with UK's Sky News in March 2020, Scottish comedian Billy Connolly said he was “finished with stand-up” due to his Parkinson's diesease, adding that it “made my brain work differently… and you need a good brain for comedy.”” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/472658b471d7be03f7dcdc989f3b723e72a7558a/c=908-0-3172-3009/local/-/media/USATODAY/usatsports/2014/09/23/billy_connolly.jpg?width=292&height=390&fit=crop” />Singer Jojo revealed in a <a href=People interview on April 29 that she was diagnosed with clinical depression 10 years ago. She also said she's been going to therapy and taking antidepressants since she was 18. 

“Because there is a history of mental health issues in my family, I didn’t feel any shame seeking help,” she told the outlet. “Those of us who have a predisposition toward depression or a chemical imbalance — sometimes we just need a little help.”” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/01/27/USAT/038fb30a-e5e4-48c3-aff3-d4506e856fa8-EPA_USA_GRAMMY_AWARDS_2020_5.JPG?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” />E! News.” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/03/06/USAT/6b7df2a1-a229-4cf4-875f-874e74af8187-AP_Premiere_Season_Of_The_Witch_NY.JPG?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” />In February, <a href=Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh revealed he has “advanced lung cancer” but vowed to continue with “The Rush Limbaugh Show” as he undergoes treatment.

“This has happened, and my intention is to come here every day I can and to do this program as normally and as competently and as expertly as I do each and every day because that is the source of my greatest satisfaction professionally, personally. I’ve had so much support from family and friends during this. It’s been tremendous.”” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/02/03/USAT/b25fd96e-0eb5-48ed-b1f4-2e378e81a43a-AFP_AFP_1OO56G.JPG?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” />People on Feb. 27, 2020, Sigler shared that although she has her bad days and sometimes wishes she didn't have MS, she knows she wouldn't be who she is without it.

“I am dealing with it the best I can, I'm still independent. I just went on a trip alone to Punta Cana with my son,” she said. “I'm still able to work and I have the energy to do all these things… does it slow me down physically in certain ways? Sure, but I've figured out in the 18 years of living with it how best to function and I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything in life.”” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/02/28/USAT/d8061b0b-e3b5-4d28-9375-70550e4c7f19-GTY_1170387398.JPG?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” />Actress Taraji P. Henson opened up about seeing a therapist to help her cope with depression and anxiety.

 “There are some times where I feel absolutely helpless. That's human. Everybody feels like that,” she told <a href=Self magazine in December 2019. “That means talking to my therapist when I feel this way, doing things to get me out of the muck.”

In 2018, Henson launched her nonprofit, the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (named after her father, who also struggled with mental health issues), to combat the stigma around mental health in the African American community.” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/12/03/USAT/da0ee8fd-b3e5-47a1-9849-2250ccfb7783-GTY_1179264411.JPG?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” />Lena Dunham revealed in November that she has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome after being photgraphed using a cane. 

 “The truth is just: This is what life is like when I’m struggling most with chronic illness. An Ehler-Danlos syndrome flare means that I need support from more than just my friends… so thank you, sweet cane!” she wrote on Instagram. Dunham had a<a href= total hysterectomy, which removes a woman's cervix and uterus, in November 2017 to relieve severe pain caused by her endometriosis, a disorder where tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus, according to Mayo Clinic. She had 12 surgeries related to the disorder.” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/11/01/USAT/a8994d48-7d76-4c6c-91d4-36cdbbc487dd-GTY_1183650356.JPG?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” />Jamie Lee Curtis has been open about her sobriety. “As soon as I got sober, which is 20 years coming up in February, everything changed,Sia revealed in October 2019 that she's suffering from chronic pain and <a href=Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

“Hey, I'm suffering with chronic pain, a neurological disease, ehlers danlos and I just wanted to say to those of you suffering from pain, whether physical or emotional, I love you, keep going,” she tweeted. “Life is (expletive) hard. Pain is demoralizing, and you're not alone.”” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/10/05/USAT/e66c2764-c582-4c88-8fa6-df4c4b77b3e4-XXX_464178156.jpg?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” />Jonathan Van Ness, the grooming expert on Netflix's he's HIV-positive.

“At the beginning (of 'Queer Eye') I was really kind of nervous to talk about my HIV status and not sure if I wanted to and how I wanted to,” Van Ness tells USA TODAY. “And as I’ve continued to experience the world as I always have, it just became more clear to me that I wanted to be totally open with my story and be able to talk about it, especially in the face of (the Trump) administration.”” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/09/24/USAT/5b7bcdcb-c3dc-4b28-a0c6-1e9a5c8e758b-GTY_1174757862.JPG?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” />Kim Kardashian learned in a September 2019 episode of the Mayo Clinic.

“The pain is gonna come and go sometimes, but I can manage it and this is not gonna stop me,” she said on the show following her diagnosis. ” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/04/18/USAT/48667e30-4363-4f32-8e71-f681739d4f52-AP_2018_CFDA_Fashion_Awards_-_Arrivals.JPG?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” />Selma Blair revealed in 2018 that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and has continued keeping social media followers in the loop with candid posts about her highs and lows with the disease. Sarah Hyland has been vocal about living with kidney dysplasia, a condition that arises after abnormal kidney growth in the womb. She's had two kidney transplants and wants fans to know that having health issues is In Jane Fonda's words, she's had Normally a pretty private person, Julia Louis-Dreyfus recently told USA TODAY she went public with her breast cancer battle in part because 66c592f5 82aa 42dd 94f6 e579343dbdce AFP AFP 1ON1T8Nick Jonas announced to fans during his early Jonas Brothers days that he has Type 1 diabetes. More recently, he shared on Instagram that he prioritizes 3bcc2069 35d6 4c0d 8fd4 2f38a9cac484 GTY 1201949163Wendy Williams has taken a handful of breaks over the years from hosting Gabrielle Union suffers from adenomyosis, a type of endometriosis that impacts fertility. The actress revealed to Essence the condition meant it took a while for her and husband Dwyane Wade to have a baby.

 “Towards the end of my fertility journey I finally got some answers, because everyone said 'You’re a career woman, you’ve prioritized your career, you waited too long and now you’re just too old to have a kid – and that’s on you for wanting a career,” she said. “The reality is I actually have adenomyosis.”” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/02/13/USAT/fca67213-a9d5-46e6-b27b-f4d60e57a5f7-AFP_AFP_1OU9X1.JPG?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” /><img data-src=Kristen Bell is an outspoken advocate for talking about mental health: The actress frequently gets candid about having dealt with depression over the years and urges others to do the same to lessen the Nick Cannon revealed in 2012 that he has a form of Lupus that affects his kidneys. Selena Gomez has the same autoimmune condition – the Disney Channel alum announced she had a Fellow Disney Channel star Demi Lovato has publicly struggled with drug use and an eating disorder. In a 2017 documentary, Lovato revealed she still hadn't People in September 2019. “Through diet, I have been able to manage it. But I am very fortunate. There are way more extreme versions of PCOS that women have a lot of difficulty with – mine is not as intense. Which is why I haven’t really talked about it, because there are women who have it so much more intense.”” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/02/13/USAT/1fe2f246-39ee-4806-846f-78200eae92ad-AFP_AFP_1G265L.JPG?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” />Singer Summer Walker talked more in November about suffering from social anxiety, saying it caused her to cancel most of her U.S. tour.

 “I truly appreciate all the support and love. As you know, I have been very open about my struggle with social anxiety,” the 23-year-old said on Instagram. “I want to continue to be healthy and to make music for y'all, so I have decided to cut down some of the dates on the tour. I hope you all can understand. I'm grateful for every single one of you, and I hope that you understand that wellness/mental health is important.”” src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/02/13/USAT/1bc54c0d-cb20-496c-9491-1c8f16a66248-GTY_1188307946.JPG?width=520&height=390&fit=bounds&auto=webp” /><img data-src= Some of Hollywood's most famous stars have opened up about learning to embrace ongoing health issues, thereby encouraging fans to do the same.

 On July 30, Tamar Braxton opened up about her ongoing battle with mental health nearly two weeks after the singer was hospitalized on July 16 after trying to take her life 

 “Mental illness is real,” she wrote in a lengthy message on Instagram. “We have to normalize acknowledging it and stop associating it with shame and humiliation. The pain that I have experienced over the past 11 years has slowly ate away at my spirit and my mental.”

 She continued: “I will do everything in my power to aid those who from mental illness… It was only God’s grace and his mercy on my attempt to end my pain and my life that I am here to utilize my voice. “” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/07/31/USAT/06c2bdf8-3994-4da7-8715-254c7f732684-BD_1Tamar_Braxton.JPG?crop=2203,1653,x0,y0&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />1 of 35 </a></li>
<li><a href= Instagram post. “It’s an odd time right now and I find my feet not completely underneath me.”” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/02/13/USAT/dc4ed048-02ef-4fcb-b165-86bbbfc804c1-AFP_AFP_1OP4PQ.JPG?crop=3259,2445,x0,y0&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />2 of 35

  • Justin Bieber revealed in March 2019 that he was going to take a break from creating new music while he focused on his mental health. Since then, he and wife Hailey Baldwin have been vocal about self-care.

 Bieber also recently opened up about being diagnosed with Lyme disease and had “a serious case of chronic mono.”

 “While a lot of people kept saying Justin Bieber looks like (expletive), on meth etc. they failed to realize I've been recently diagnosed with Lyme disease,” he wrote in a January 2020 Instagram post, adding, “not only that but had a serious case of chronic mono which affected my, skin, brain function, energy, and overall health.”” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/01/30/USAT/593c89cc-39f4-4f88-982f-6177a95fefa2-GTY_1027974476.JPG?crop=1996,1499,x0,y0&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />3 of 35 </a></li>
<li><a href= <a href=In an interview with Vogue in January 2020, Katy Perry spoke out about battling depression, saying between 2017 and 2018 she was depressed in a way that she never was before.

    “I became depressed and I did not want to get out of bed. In the past, I had been able to overcome it, but this time something happened that made me fall down too many flights of stairs,” she said. “I had to really go on a mental health journey.”

    Perry said she wrote new album, “Smile”, while she was “coming through one of the darkest periods of my life…This whole album is my journey towards the light – with stories of resilience, hope, and love.”” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/03/05/USAT/8a07d5b4-d69c-4718-9239-c2b8a26fe35d-GTY_1205832838.JPG?crop=2666,2000,x0,y0&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />4 of 35

  • Kelly Clarkson opened up about <a href=her own battle with depression during a conversation with Demi Lovato on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” in June 2020.

    “I love how open you are about mental health, because I have similar issues,” Clarkson said in a clip. “I've suffered from depression.”” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/04/21/USAT/934b512b-fc7f-4a53-8b93-308e1e8c09eb-NUP_190161_0672.JPG?crop=1999,1500,x0,y0&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />5 of 35

  • Paris Jackson opened up about <a href=her struggles with self-harm and body image issues in a July 2020 episode of the Facebook Watch series “Unfiltered: Paris Jackson and Gabriel Glenn.” 

    Jackson said she “fell into self-harm” when she gained weight following her father's death in 2009. “It was also a distraction from emotional pain and transferring it to physical pain. And a need for control,” she said, adding that her depression “comes in waves.”” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/07/20/USAT/bd768136-b75c-4626-82de-8ca09c779797-GTY_1165640795.JPG?crop=2799,2099,x0,y104&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />6 of 35

  • In May 2020, <a href=Camila Cabello got candid about her obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) symptoms in an essay published in WSJ magazine. The singer said her “anxiety manifested in the form of obsessive compulsive disorder.”

    “OCD can take many different forms, and for me it was obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors. To put it simply, it made me feel like my mind was playing a cruel trick on me,” she continued.” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/media/2020/03/23/USATODAY/usatsports/247WallSt.com-247WS-658009-imageforentry4-dw9.jpg?crop=1024,768,x171,y0&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />7 of 35

  • <a href=In an interview with UK's Sky News in March 2020, Scottish comedian Billy Connolly said he was “finished with stand-up” due to his Parkinson's diesease, adding that it “made my brain work differently… and you need a good brain for comedy.”” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/-mm-/59854570af0edccf6c032e52c2a0b9cdab2dd9ab/c=33-0-4047-3009/local/-/media/USATODAY/usatsports/2014/09/23/billy_connolly.jpg?width=80&height=60&fit=crop” />8 of 35
  • Singer Jojo revealed in a <a href=People interview on April 29 that she was diagnosed with clinical depression 10 years ago. She also said she's been going to therapy and taking antidepressants since she was 18. 

    “Because there is a history of mental health issues in my family, I didn’t feel any shame seeking help,” she told the outlet. “Those of us who have a predisposition toward depression or a chemical imbalance — sometimes we just need a little help.”” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/01/27/USAT/038fb30a-e5e4-48c3-aff3-d4506e856fa8-EPA_USA_GRAMMY_AWARDS_2020_5.JPG?crop=4198,3149,x268,y0&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />9 of 35

  • E! News.” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/03/06/USAT/6b7df2a1-a229-4cf4-875f-874e74af8187-AP_Premiere_Season_Of_The_Witch_NY.JPG?crop=2247,1686,x0,y300&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />10 of 35
  • In February, <a href=Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh revealed he has “advanced lung cancer” but vowed to continue with “The Rush Limbaugh Show” as he undergoes treatment.

    “This has happened, and my intention is to come here every day I can and to do this program as normally and as competently and as expertly as I do each and every day because that is the source of my greatest satisfaction professionally, personally. I’ve had so much support from family and friends during this. It’s been tremendous.”” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/02/03/USAT/b25fd96e-0eb5-48ed-b1f4-2e378e81a43a-AFP_AFP_1OO56G.JPG?crop=4936,3702,x631,y0&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />11 of 35

  • People on Feb. 27, 2020, Sigler shared that although she has her bad days and sometimes wishes she didn't have MS, she knows she wouldn't be who she is without it.

    “I am dealing with it the best I can, I'm still independent. I just went on a trip alone to Punta Cana with my son,” she said. “I'm still able to work and I have the energy to do all these things… does it slow me down physically in certain ways? Sure, but I've figured out in the 18 years of living with it how best to function and I don't feel like I'm missing out on anything in life.”” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/02/28/USAT/d8061b0b-e3b5-4d28-9375-70550e4c7f19-GTY_1170387398.JPG?crop=3771,2829,x0,y0&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />12 of 35

  • Actress Taraji P. Henson opened up about seeing a therapist to help her cope with depression and anxiety.

 “There are some times where I feel absolutely helpless. That's human. Everybody feels like that,” she told <a href=Self magazine in December 2019. “That means talking to my therapist when I feel this way, doing things to get me out of the muck.”

    In 2018, Henson launched her nonprofit, the Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation (named after her father, who also struggled with mental health issues), to combat the stigma around mental health in the African American community.” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/12/03/USAT/da0ee8fd-b3e5-47a1-9849-2250ccfb7783-GTY_1179264411.JPG?crop=2847,2136,x0,y0&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />13 of 35

  • Lena Dunham revealed in November that she has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome after being photgraphed using a cane. 

 “The truth is just: This is what life is like when I’m struggling most with chronic illness. An Ehler-Danlos syndrome flare means that I need support from more than just my friends… so thank you, sweet cane!” she wrote on Instagram. Dunham had a<a href= total hysterectomy, which removes a woman's cervix and uterus, in November 2017 to relieve severe pain caused by her endometriosis, a disorder where tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside the uterus, according to Mayo Clinic. She had 12 surgeries related to the disorder.” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/11/01/USAT/a8994d48-7d76-4c6c-91d4-36cdbbc487dd-GTY_1183650356.JPG?crop=2079,1560,x0,y120&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />14 of 35
  • Jamie Lee Curtis has been open about her sobriety. “As soon as I got sober, which is 20 years coming up in February, everything changed,15 of 35
  • Sia revealed in October 2019 that she's suffering from chronic pain and <a href=Ehlers-Danlos syndrome.

    “Hey, I'm suffering with chronic pain, a neurological disease, ehlers danlos and I just wanted to say to those of you suffering from pain, whether physical or emotional, I love you, keep going,” she tweeted. “Life is (expletive) hard. Pain is demoralizing, and you're not alone.”” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/10/05/USAT/e66c2764-c582-4c88-8fa6-df4c4b77b3e4-XXX_464178156.jpg?crop=3279,2460,x0,y246&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />16 of 35

  • Jonathan Van Ness, the grooming expert on Netflix's he's HIV-positive.

    “At the beginning (of 'Queer Eye') I was really kind of nervous to talk about my HIV status and not sure if I wanted to and how I wanted to,” Van Ness tells USA TODAY. “And as I’ve continued to experience the world as I always have, it just became more clear to me that I wanted to be totally open with my story and be able to talk about it, especially in the face of (the Trump) administration.”” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/09/24/USAT/5b7bcdcb-c3dc-4b28-a0c6-1e9a5c8e758b-GTY_1174757862.JPG?crop=4040,3030,x0,y528&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />17 of 35

  • Kim Kardashian learned in a September 2019 episode of the Mayo Clinic.

    “The pain is gonna come and go sometimes, but I can manage it and this is not gonna stop me,” she said on the show following her diagnosis. ” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2019/04/18/USAT/48667e30-4363-4f32-8e71-f681739d4f52-AP_2018_CFDA_Fashion_Awards_-_Arrivals.JPG?crop=3275,2456,x186,y0&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />18 of 35

  • Selma Blair revealed in 2018 that she had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and has continued keeping social media followers in the loop with candid posts about her highs and lows with the disease. 19 of 35
  • Sarah Hyland has been vocal about living with kidney dysplasia, a condition that arises after abnormal kidney growth in the womb. She's had two kidney transplants and wants fans to know that having health issues is 20 of 35
  • In Jane Fonda's words, she's had 21 of 35
  • Normally a pretty private person, Julia Louis-Dreyfus recently told USA TODAY she went public with her breast cancer battle in part because 22 of 35
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  • Nick Jonas announced to fans during his early Jonas Brothers days that he has Type 1 diabetes. More recently, he shared on Instagram that he prioritizes 24 of 35
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  • Wendy Williams has taken a handful of breaks over the years from hosting 26 of 35
  • Gabrielle Union suffers from adenomyosis, a type of endometriosis that impacts fertility. The actress revealed to Essence the condition meant it took a while for her and husband Dwyane Wade to have a baby.

 “Towards the end of my fertility journey I finally got some answers, because everyone said 'You’re a career woman, you’ve prioritized your career, you waited too long and now you’re just too old to have a kid – and that’s on you for wanting a career,” she said. “The reality is I actually have adenomyosis.”” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/02/13/USAT/fca67213-a9d5-46e6-b27b-f4d60e57a5f7-AFP_AFP_1OU9X1.JPG?crop=2227,1671,x0,y0&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />27 of 35 </a></li>
<li><a href= Michael J. Fox has publicly battled Parkinson's disease for over 20 years. In 2018, he opened up about undergoing a spinal surgery and enduring difficult physical therapy sessions afterward. 28 of 35
  • Kristen Bell is an outspoken advocate for talking about mental health: The actress frequently gets candid about having dealt with depression over the years and urges others to do the same to lessen the 29 of 35
  • Nick Cannon revealed in 2012 that he has a form of Lupus that affects his kidneys. 30 of 35
  • Selena Gomez has the same autoimmune condition – the Disney Channel alum announced she had a 31 of 35
  • Fellow Disney Channel star Demi Lovato has publicly struggled with drug use and an eating disorder. In a 2017 documentary, Lovato revealed she still hadn't 32 of 35
  • People in September 2019. “Through diet, I have been able to manage it. But I am very fortunate. There are way more extreme versions of PCOS that women have a lot of difficulty with – mine is not as intense. Which is why I haven’t really talked about it, because there are women who have it so much more intense.”” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/02/13/USAT/1fe2f246-39ee-4806-846f-78200eae92ad-AFP_AFP_1G265L.JPG?crop=2992,2244,x169,y0&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />33 of 35
  • Singer Summer Walker talked more in November about suffering from social anxiety, saying it caused her to cancel most of her U.S. tour.

 “I truly appreciate all the support and love. As you know, I have been very open about my struggle with social anxiety,” the 23-year-old said on Instagram. “I want to continue to be healthy and to make music for y'all, so I have decided to cut down some of the dates on the tour. I hope you all can understand. I'm grateful for every single one of you, and I hope that you understand that wellness/mental health is important.”” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/02/13/USAT/1bc54c0d-cb20-496c-9491-1c8f16a66248-GTY_1188307946.JPG?crop=2324,1743,x0,y220&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />34 of 35 </a></li>
<li><a href= Megadeth co-founder and head-banging torchbearer Dave Mustaine shared in June that he'd been diagnosed with cancer. The band subsequently canceled 2019 tour dates. In an update in November, Mustaine told Rolling Stone he turned to his family, faith and the “people around the globe praying for me” during his treatment. 

 On how he took the news, Mustaine said: “I went, ‘(expletive).’ And I thought, ‘OK, Mustaine. You can do this.’ And we commenced kicking this thing’s ass. I thought about every single trick that I had learned about healing my body and the things I’d learned from martial arts, and I did everything that the doctor said to a T, and hopefully this is the end of it and I never hear of it again. But I feel great.”  Megadeth returns to the road in early 2020.” width=”80″ height=”60″ src=”https://www.gannett-cdn.com/presto/2020/02/13/USAT/3b6e965d-f13e-424c-8193-6da06509bfd1-AP_Dave_Mustaine.JPG?crop=2959,2220,x0,y0&width=80&height=60&fit=bounds” />35 of 35 </a></li>
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<p>He also reflected on the importance of taking his medication: “If you don’t take medication every day to keep you at a certain state, you have a potential to ramp up and it can take you to a point where you can even end up in the hospital.” </p>
<p>West told <a href=Forbes in a 2019 interview that his bipolar disorder was his “superpower” that unlocked his imagination and discussed the stigma of mental illness. “ ‘Crazy’ is a word that’s not gonna be used loosely in the future,” he said. “There’s a lot of people that have been called that ‘C’ word that have ended up on this (magazine’s) cover.”

    If you or someone you know may be struggling with self-harm or suicidal thoughts, you can call the U.S. National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) any time day or night, or chat online.

    Crisis Text Line also provides free, 24/7, confidential support via text message to people in crisis when they dial 741741.

    Just call them Kimye. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have become one of the most recognizable couples on the planet. Scroll through to see photos of the couple throughout their memorable relationship.West and Kardashian sit front row at Paris Fashion Week with other members of the Kardashian family.West and Kardashian attend the Harper's BAZAAR Celebrates ICONS By Carine Roitfeld party at The Plaza Hotel on September 9, 2016.Kardashian and West arrive on the red carpet for the 33rd MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden.Gangs all here. Khloe Kardashian, Lamar Odom, Kris Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Kourtney Kardashian, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Caitlin Jenner and Kylie Jenner attend Kanye West Yeezy Season 3 on February 11, 2016.The couple welcomed their second child, Saint West, in December 2015.The two strike a pose before the Givenchy 2014 Spring/Summer ready-to-wear collection fashion show, in September 2013 in Paris. 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At the event, she was accosted by a man in black-face.It turned out to be a rough, but lucrative, night for Kardashian. Here she arrives in Austria on Feb. 26, 2014, and is holding baby North.Kardashian was reportedly paid a sweet $500,000 to attend the Opera Ball. She did not have fun at the event, where she was also mocked by a comedian.Blue-chip BFFs: Beyoncé and Jay Z sit back with West and Kardashian at the 2012 BET awards on July 1, 2012.Kardashian and West walk out of a movie theater in Manhattan on Sept. 1, 2012. Now that she's with the rapper, you'll rarely, if ever, catch Kardashian in sweats and sneakers.The power couple checks out Louise Goldin Spring 2013 on Sep. 12, 2012 in New York City. Both have their own clothing lines.No matter what, the show must go on. Here, Kardashian is spotted filming her reality series in Miami on Sept. 24, 2012.That's a whole lotta emerald, Kim. Kardashian does her employer proud at the Midori Green Halloween Party on Oct. 27, 2012 in New York City.In 2013, their daughter North would be born, five weeks early. Here, Kardashian and West toast the coming year at 1OAK Nightclub on Dec. 31, 2012 in Las Vegas.Since hooking up with West, Kardashian has favored stark, fitted white and black ensembles. Here she is at 'DuJour' magazine's bash in Los Angeles on March 2, 2013.She gets paid to play: Kardashian celebrates her birthday on Oct. 26, 2013, in Las Vegas with West, at a gig at Tao nightclub.Doing the mom thing: Kardashian pushes baby North in a stroller in Manhattan on Nov. 19, 2013.Kardashian and West stroll around Soho in November 2013.The two stop by a 'DuJour' magazine party in Miami on Dec. 4, 2013.Hot mama. Kardashian pushes baby North in a stroller in Los Angeles on Dec. 16, 2013. As usual, there's a blanket blocking access to the baby's face.Scarlet woman, indeed. 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To date, Mom and Dad have not sold baby photos of their firstborn.Kardashian was one of many celebs to appear on Jay Leno's final show on Feb. 6, 2014, including Carol Burnett, Sheryl Crow, Jack Black, Jim Parsons and Oprah Winfrey.Kardashian and West show their love in this Nov. 19, 2013, screen grab from his video for 'Bound 2,' which received a sendup from Seth Rogen and James Franco.She gave birth to daughter North on June 15, 2013. Herem Kardashian is with the baby on Nov. 19, 2013 in New York City.A perpetually annoyed-looking West walks with Kardashian in New York City in April 2012. Why so mad, Yeezus?Here's an Aug. 31, 2011 file photo of Kardashian with her second husband, Kris Humphries. They got married in a lavish televised wedding and split up 72 days later.This December 2011 photo indicates just how Kardashian's style has evolved since she began dating West. No more leopard minis for her. Now, it's Celine and Tom Ford all the way.Sister act: Khloe, Kourtney and Kim Kardashian attend an in-store appearance for the Kardashian Kollection at Sears on Sept. 18, 2011 in California.

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