After an incredibly dramatic week of headlines, Kanye West’s latest move has left us all even more confused.
Following a highly-publicised Twitter meltdown and standoff with his wife and her family, Kanye West’s surprise 2020 presidential bid appeared to have fallen by the wayside.
But it seems the rapper, 43, is still intent on running in the November election.
According to state documents, West has now filed to appear on the New Jersey ballot for the upcoming vote, collecting 1,327 signatures, easily surpassing the 800 that was required for independent presidential candidates.
He submitted similar paperwork on Monday to appear on Missouri’s ballot and is planning to do the same in New York, where he’ll need 30,000 signatures by Thursday, according to the New York Post.
Earlier this month, West filed the Statement of Organisation paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, along with the US$35,000 (AU$49,000) fee to appear on the ballot in Oklahoma, but has since been described as entering into a serious bipolar “episode”, casting doubt over his campaign intentions.
West has spoken openly about his mental health struggles in the past and was spotted walking into a hospital in Wyoming, where he is currently living, over the weekend.
“I would like to apologise to my wife Kim for going public with something that was a private matter,” he wrote. “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.”
According to TMZ, Kardashian flew to Wyoming to try and convince her husband to seek medical help for bipolar disorder with the belief he is currently in the middle of a bipolar episode, but he is refusing.
In 2018, the cover of his Ye album featured the line: “I hate being bipolar. It’s awesome.”
He later said in an interview: “I had never been diagnosed until I was 39. But like I said on the album, it’s not a disability, it’s a superpower.”
Speaking to Vogue in 2019, Kardashian opened up about her husband’s struggles and said he wasn’t on medication.
“For him, being on medication is not really an option, because it just changes who he is,” she said at the time.
“Right now everything is really calm. But we can definitely feel episodes coming, and we know how to handle them.”
Kardashian said in the same interview: “I thi
nk some of the hurtful things that I read online: ‘What is she doing? She’s not stopping him …’ Like it’s my fault if he does or says something that they don’t agree with?
“That’s my husband,” she said. “I share every opinion that I have and let him know when I think something’s wrong. Or if it comes to him being in the middle of a bipolar episode, I’ll do everything to be supportive and help to calm the situation.”
In an interview with David Letterman, West once explained what it was like to go through an “episode”.
“When you’re in this state, you’re hyper-paranoid about everything,” 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,” he continued. “You pretty much don’t trust anyone.”