Caitlyn Jenner says ‘good friend’ Kanye West has been ‘extremely supportive’ since she came out as trans

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Caitlyn Jenner has described Kanye West as the “most kind, loving human being” amid concerns over his mental health and his last-minute decision to run for the US presidency.

West, who has bipolar disorder, is reportedly suffering a period of mental ill-health coinciding with his run for the White House. A number of worrying outbursts prompted his wife, Kim Kardashian West, to appeal for “grace” and “empathy” in a statement acknowledging his health issues.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain on Monday, August 3, Kardashian’s former step-parent said she had not recently spoken with West, but that the two remained close despite friction between herself and the Kardashians. 

“Since all of this has come down, I have just kind of watched it just like everybody else,” she said. “So, I just wish him the best.”

She added: “The only thing I can talk about is really how he treated me through everything and he has been the most kind, loving human being and so good to me throughout the years and especially going through everything I’ve been going through in the last five years.

“He’s been such a good friend. He has been extremely supportive.

“Kanye’s got a really great heart … he’s a good person.”

Caitlyn Jenner has no plans to become running mate for Kanye West.

Caitlyn Jenner also clarified that a comment she made to paparazzi about running as Kanye West’s vice president was a joke.

The multi-hyphenate announced his candidacy for US president on July 4, when he had already missed the deadline to qualify for the ballot in many states.

“I made that as a joke about being his VP when he announced that,” Jenner said. “But I hope for the best for him. He’s a really good guy.”

Last month Kim Kardashian West spoke publicly about her husband’s bipolar disorder for the first time.

She wrote in an Instagram story: “Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behaviour know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor.

“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.”