Kanye West Says He 'Embarrassed' Kim Kardashian With Presidential Run

Kanye West as shared that he "embarrassed" his estranged wife, Kim Kardashian with his failed run for U.S. president last year.

The rapper and designer announced his bid for the White House on the Fourth of July, 2020—revealing that he was running as an Independent under the "Birthday Party"—after publicly expressing his support for then-President Donald Trump.

And in an Instagram post titled "Thanksgiving Prayer," West—who recently changed his name to Ye—spoke candidly about a number of missteps he has made in his life, listing his ill-fated foray into politics as one of them.

Referring to the Trump-supporting "Make America Great Again" cap he took to wearing, West said in the video post, which he shared on Thursday: "Good lord, my wife did not like me wearing the red hat.

"Being a good wife, she just wanted to protect me and our family. I made me and our family a target by not aligning with Hollywood's political stance, and that was hard for our marriage.

"Then I ran for president without proper preparation and no allies on either side. I embarrassed my wife in the way that I presented information about our family during the one and—thank God—only press conference. All my dad had to say afterwards was, 'Write you speech next time, son.'"

West's presidential campaign hit a stumbling block the same month that he announced his plans to run, when he held a disastrous press conference, during which he told how he and Kardashian had discussed aborting their first child.

Days later, Kardashian publicly addressed her husband's mental health issues for the first time, as she wrote in an Instagram post: "As many of you know, Kanye has bi-polar disorder. Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand.

"I've never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye's right to privacy when it comes to his health. But today, I feel like I should comment on it because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health."

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian
Kanye West (L) has revealed that he "embarrassed" estranged wife Kim Kardashian (R) during his failed bid for U.S. president last year. SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images;/Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

Kardashian, who shares four children—North, 8, Saint, 5, Chicago, 3, and Psalm, 2—with West, would divorce from the star seven months later, in February, ahead of their seven-year wedding anniversary.

Elsewhere in his Thanksgiving post, West—who has spoken publicly about his hope to reunite with Kardashian—opened up about taking accountability for his past actions.

"All I think about every day is how I get my family back together and how I heal the pain that I've caused," he said, as a children's choir sang in the clip. "I take accountability for my actions... The one thing that all my successes and failures have in common is me."

He then went on to discuss his relationship with alcohol, revealing: "I would drink to take the stress away and knock the edge off. Drinking affected my health and the health of people around me, because I already had a hair trigger temper and this just heightened it."

Moving to his mental health, he said: "I went into a manic episode in 2016 and I was placed under heavy medication. Since then, I went on and off the medication, which left me susceptible to other episodes, which my wife and fans have had to endure."

"My ego has a tendency to go past the threshold of being motivating and entertaining to just being overbearing," he conceded, as his discussed his personality. "There are ways to show confidence without arrogance."

Adding his temper to the list of issues he addressed in the social media post, West said that "sometimes I scream. And that screaming might have helped me tell off everyone who doubted me in music. But that screaming did not help me keep my family together."

Kanye West and former President Donald Trump
Kanye West stands as he talks with then-US President Donald Trump in the White House's Oval Office, Washington DC, October 11, 2018. West wears a red baseball cap that reads "Make America Great Again," Trump's campaign slogan. West has revealed that Kardashian didn't like him wearing the red cap. Ron Sachs/Consolidated News Pictures/Getty Images

Next on the list was religion, and what he dubbed his "self righteous Christian behavior."

"When I got saved, it did not immediately make me a better person—it made me a self righteous Christian. Mix that with being rich, famous and very, very, very, very, very, very attractive and you got a Molotov cocktail ready to be thrown through the window of anyone who ever disagreed with me.

"I was arrogant with my Jesus, like I had just got me some Jesus at the Gucci store with a stimulus check."

Candidly discussing his finances, the star admitted: "I spent money like crazy. I mean, it's the craziest thing I've done and I've done a lot of crazy things. As the priest of my home, I must watch my own money and secure our finances.

"This is America, so people don't consider stealing to be stealing. They just chalk it up to greed, consumerism, and capitalism. I've let people use me, I've had giant entourages—people around me just to make me feel good about myself."

"I've had to learn that I had to take accountability. We always judge and tell other people what they should do, but we can only take accountability for ourselves and our children," he added.

Rounding out his lengthy post, West told his Instagram followers: "This Thanksgiving, I'm thankful for the family my wife has given me. I'm thankful for the life that God has given me. And I'm thankful for your time, attention and patience."

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the Balenciaga show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2020/2021 on March 01, 2020 in Paris, France. Kardashian filed for divorce in February of this year. Pierre Suu/Getty Images