He’s the villain in the Kardashian storyline. But people struggling with addiction are not just “baddies”.
How could he? What a horrible husband. He’s got little kids to think about! He just wants to party. He should grow up.
There is no doubt Disick has been on a hell of a bender before and since and that his drinking and drug-taking are at the core of their union’s demise. As are those unflattering photographs of him carousing with women, sitting in front of lines of racked-up white powder, swigging booze and generally acting like the indulged celebrity on the loose he is.
But here’s the thing: Disick, 32, is also an admitted alcoholic. He is also a diagnosed depressive who lost both his parents within a short period of time last year and had his intense grief served up as entertainment for millions of millions of Keeping Up With The Kardashians viewers the world over.
Anyone who has watched will be aware Disick is a man deeply in love with his partner and children, a man who wants to be a better father, partner and man. Over the show’s many seasons viewers have seen Disick tumble off the wagon on numerous occasions wallow in remorse and severe self-loathing following each and every time.
In other words, Disick is ill. He has the disease of addiction and, as such the scorn, shame and blame currently being levelled at him via social and traditional media is not helping one little bit. Calling him pathetic, negligent, repugnant, depraved and despicable is redundant. He is calling himself worse every waking second.
Yes, it is a shame he has let down Kourtney to the point she can no longer tolerate their relationship but as anyone who has suffered, known or loved someone with an addiction will know Disick has let himself down more. He hates himself for disappointing others with such an intensity he will do anything to blur and obliterate these unbearable feelings. However, the only effective way he knows to get any peace from his self-flagellating mind is to self medicate with the said vices that got him in to this situation in the first place. And so, the cycle of addiction continues.