If there’s one thing Kanye West, 41, knows how to do, it’s make headlines. And though they’ve gone through ups and downs over the years, sources have told PEOPLE that West’s wife Kim Kardashian West, 38, does her best to support him when he stirs up controversy — even though it can be challenging.
“Does Kim agree with everything Kanye does and says? No, absolutely not,” one source said. “But does she stand by him? Always. They always have each other’s backs and will always go to bat for one another.”
“Most people (including myself) have very different feelings & opinions about this,” she tweeted last year. “But this is HIS opinion. I believe in people being able to have their own opinions, even if really different from mine. He never said he agrees with his politics.”
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Kardashian West has also defended West’s explosive Twitter sprees, slamming reports citing mental health issues. (West has confirmed that he has bipolar disorder.)
“He’s a free thinker, is that not allowed in America? Because some of his ideas differ from yours you have to throw in the mental health card? That’s just not fair. He’s actually out of the sunken place when he’s being himself which is very expressive,” she tweeted in April 2018, referencing the 2017 horror film Get Out.
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On “Wouldn’t Leave,” the fourth track of West’s latest abum Ye, the rapper addresses his infamous declaration that slavery was a choice, claiming his wife called him in panic when she found out.
Kardashian West has said she cried when she first heard the song, admitting it depicted “a lot of what we went through.”
“I know my husband has the best intentions,” she said. “He has the biggest heart. I know his heart, so I know he’ll always have that chance to explain himself when the time is right. I think he explained it well in the song.”
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When rapper and songwriter Rhymefest accused West of abandoning his hometown of Chicago and a local non-profit organization named in honor of his late mother, Kardashian West came out guns blazing.
“I have and will always applaud any efforts to give back to the community. To fight for justice and to help uplift the youth. But I will never tolerate someone who was close to Kanye who attempts to use his late mother’s name to publicly shame him while pretending to do good,” she tweeted. “I will always ride for my man!”
Bottom line? Kardashian West knows her husband will never be universally liked — and she’s just fine with that.
“Kanye will never run in the race of popular opinion and we know that and that’s why I love him and respect him,” she tweeted last year. “And in a few years when someone else says the same exact thing but they aren’t labeled the way he is and you will all praise them! Kanye is years ahead of his time.”