Kanye West’s presidential running mate has told DailyMail.com the embattled rapper is doing ‘great’ and insisted his string of Twitter rants are ‘nothing to worry about’.
Biblical life coach and dental worker Michelle Tidball, 57, of Cody, Wyoming, was named by West as his Vice-Presidential pick earlier this month, and was spotted outside the dental practice where she works on Wednesday afternoon.
The night before, West blasted out a series of tweets accusing his wife Kim Kardashian of having an affair with rapper Meek Mill and saying he wanted a divorce. He also called his mother-in-law Kris Jenner ‘Kris Jong-Un’ in a reference to the North Korean dictator.
West suffers from bipolar disorder and is currently thought to be in the throes of an episode of mental illness.
But Tidball, who holds controversial views on mental illness including that it can be cured with chores, insisted to DailyMail.com the 43-year-old is ‘fine’.
Tidball said of the rapper: ‘He’s great. He’s really great. There’s nothing to worry about. He really is just fine.’
Asked if she intends to continue with her tilt for Vice President, Tidball refused to be drawn on her plans but said she would be releasing a statement soon.
She said: ‘I can’t comment on that [the run for office] right now. I’m going to be making a statement very soon.’
Tidball, who has no history of elected office, was revealed as West’s running mate earlier this month.
West, who announced his plans to run for president on July 4, has been staying at his 4,000-acre ranch just outside the tiny Wyoming town since Sunday.
Tidball appears to have met West in Cody and shares his pro-life views, which he aired during his rally in South Carolina on Sunday.
Along with working at Taylor Dental, she runs a website called Life Center Coach and offers coaching sessions on a range of topics, including relationships, handling divorce, careers and spiritual needs.
According to her website, she is ‘a certified professional coach’ and holds a master’s degree in addiction psychology from the University of Wyoming.
In her bio, she writes: ‘For over 10 years I have been assisting numerous individuals in shifting their lives towards their desired direction, while encouraging them to realize their potential.’
In 2017, she recorded a podcast for her now defunct website Yarash.com in which she appeared to suggest mental illness can be cured with chores.
In the audio, which was obtained by TMZ, she says: ‘If you would get up every day and make your bed and do your dishes – you would be better.’
She also claimed that in her 10 years of working with the mentally ill, none made their beds or did the dishes.
Concerns for West’s mental health were sparked by his rally in Charleston, South Carolina on Sunday.
During the event, he burst into tears as he told how he and wife Kim Kardashian, 39, had considered aborting their eldest daughter North, now seven.
Along with comparing his mother-in-law to Kim Jong-Un and threatening to divorce Kim, recent Twitter rants have also included accusations that Kim and Kris are trying to get him locked up.
He said he wanted Kris and ‘that calmye’ [sic] – thought to mean her boyfriend Corey Gamble – nowhere near his children and claimed the Kardashian matriarch is refusing to take his calls.
He has also released a succession of cryptic messages insisting that none of his children will appear in Playboy magazine – unlike their mother, who has.
During the rally on Sunday, he made a rambling speech in which he burst into tears and talked about how eldest daughter North was almost aborted before claiming he saved her life.
West 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, [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 then claimed that a vision from God led to them going ahead with the pregnancy. West said: ‘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*** with my vision I’m gonna f*** 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.’
Kim, who is reportedly ‘devastated’ by his comments, eventually released a statement on Wednesday morning, asking for understanding for West and acknowledging his mental illness.
In it, she said her family is ‘powerless’ to help the ‘brilliant but complicated’ rapper as he struggles with bipolar disorder.
The reality star also said ‘his words sometimes do not align with his intentions’ following West’s claims he has been ‘trying to get divorced’ from Kim since she met Meek Mill at a hotel.
She said: ‘I understand Kanye is subject to criticism because he is a public figure and his actions at times can cause strong opinions and emotions.
‘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 bipolar disorder.
‘Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words sometimes do not align with his intentions.’
West is currently still holed up at his ranch in Cody but has been visited by friends including comedian Dave Chapelle who appeared in a video posted by the rapper from the property on Tuesday.
West has also been heavily trailing a new album between Twitter rants. The music is due for release on Friday and will be named Donda after his late mother.