Kanye West had his first campaign rally in South Carolina yesterday, and his emotional, rambling speech has concerned his wife Kim Kardashian and her family, according to TMZ. West went on an anti-abortion rant when he spoke about how he and Kardashian considered having an abortion when they found out she was pregnant with their first child.
"I almost killed my daughter," he said. "In the Bible, it says, 'Thou shall not kill'. I remember that my girlfriend called me screaming and crying, and I was just thinking, because at that time I was a rapper I was out there, [I had] different girlfriends and everything… and she said, 'I’m pregnant'. And I said, 'Yes!' And then I said, 'Uh oh'...She was crying… 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," he continued. "I’m in the apartment where my wife was actually robbed, and I have my laptop up and I have all of my creative ideas, I’ve got my shoes, I’ve got my next song cover… and the screen went black and white. And God said, 'If you f**k with my vision I’m gonna f**k with yours'..."And I called my wife and she said, 'We’re gonna have this baby', and I said 'We’re gonna have this child'."
West said he wouldn't ban abortion but would try to discourage it by offering families a financial incentive to have children. "The maximum increase would be everybody that has a baby gets a million dollars or something in that range," he said. "If you had the opportunity to be given a million dollars, just for being pregnant, would you have considered it? And then everybody would start having children, the greatest gift of life."
Here’s Kanye crying and screaming “I almost killed my daughter.”#KanyeWest pic.twitter.com/NT3t5tStW3July 19, 2020
West also stated, “Harriet Tubman never actually freed the slaves, she just had them work for other white people," inciting vocal criticism from the crowd, per the AP.
Multiple sources told TMZ that West's friends and family were "concerned, upset, and alarmed" by West's speech. Those sources told the outlet that those close to West "believe Kanye is in desperate need of professional help and is in the middle of a serious bipolar episode, but he won't listen to them."
West has addressed his bipolar diagnosis in the past, and has admitted to refusing to take his medication at times.
The Kardashian family and West's friends are also concerned about the effect remarks like his Harriet Tubman statement will have, with some believing it will "tank" his businesses and trigger boycotts, per TMZ.
The Kardashian family is also reportedly "upset" about West's decision to make his and Kardashian's discussion about potentially terminating her first pregnancy public.
Entertainment Tonight spoke to a source who echoed TMZ's on Monday. “Kim, the family and Kanye’s friends are worried about him," the source said.
"Kanye isn’t in a good place and isn’t listening to anyone trying to talk him into getting help. Kim is upset with Kanye for his rants yesterday, especially talking about the possibility of having an abortion and not giving birth to North," the source continued. "She knows this is something North will see when she gets older, and that’s heartbreaking."
The family has not addressed the rally on their social media.
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Alyssa Bailey is the news and strategy editor at ELLE.com, where she oversees coverage of celebrities and royals (particularly Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton). She previously held positions at InStyle and Cosmopolitan. When she's not working, she loves running around Central Park, making people take #ootd pics of her, and exploring New York City.
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