Kanye West revealed he wants to stay together with estranged wife Kim Kardashian as he touched on his divorce, friendship with accused rapist Marilyn Manson and his ongoing feud with rapper Drake in a candid chat on Revolt TV’s Drink Champs on Thursday.
In the interview, which is believed to have been filmed last month, Kanye spoke about his split from his wife of seven years, detailing the impact the impending divorce has had on himself and their four children.
The rapper, 44, insisted he was ‘not even divorced’ and hadn’t seen the divorce papers yet – despite Kim filing to end their marriage in February – adding: ‘I want us to be together’.
The couple share four young children: North, eight, Saint, five, Chicago, three, and Psalm, two, and Kanye added that the divorce had been difficult for them as they wanted their parents to stay together.
Denial: Kanye West said Kim Kardashian was ‘still’ his wife even as their divorce proceeds and she appears to be dating Pete Davidson in an interview Thursday with Revolt TV’s Drink Champs
During the rambling interview, which featured numerous digressions and left turns, Kanye discussed the jokes Kim made about their split when she hosted Saturday Night Live last month.
In her opening monologue, Kim, 41, quipped: ‘when I divorced him, you have to know it came down to just one thing: his personality.’
Addressing the dig, Kanye hit back: ‘SNL making my wife say “I divorced him” on TV because they just wanted to get that bar off,’ he said, adding, ‘And I ain’t never even see the papers, we not even divorced.’
Kanye added that the divorce was ‘no joke to me,’ especially as it seemed to have caused the couple’s children distress.
‘My kids want their parents to stay together,’ he said.
‘I want us to be together,’ Kanye added, almost as an aside, before complaining that ‘the media’ didn’t want him and Kim to work out their differences.
Kanye complained about Kim’s SNL monologue when she joked about divorcing him. ‘And I ain’t never even see the papers, we not even divorced,’ he said; seen in 2019 in NYC
Difficult times: Kanye added that the divorce was ‘no joke to me,’ especially as it seemed to have caused the couple’s children distress
Family: ‘My kids want their parents to stay together,’ he said. ‘ I want us to be together,’ Kanye added, almost as an aside
Kim has recently been spotted out on multiple dates with SNL star Pete Davidson, who kissed her in an Aladdin-themed episode when she hosted the long-running comedy series.
When she was rehearsing for her episode, Kanye was reported to be consulting with her on her fashion choices and her monologue for the show, though the line about divorcing him seems to have stung.
Kim recently purchased the couple’s $60 million home in Hidden Hills, California, signaling that the divorce is proceeding.
Kim initially filed for divorce earlier this year, but she was seen by the rapper’s side throughout the rollout of his Donda album, and she and their children were seen at his listening shows ahead of its release.
Kanye shared that since giving up his home in Calabasas, he had been living a ‘monk lifestyle’ and didn’t want to have a home, even though he recently bought a home in Malibu.
Instead, he felt at home whenever he got to talk to his oldest daughter North.
Canceling Cancel Culture: Earlier in his interview, Kanye lashed out at ‘Cancel Culture’ and the #MeToo Movement while defending his collaborators Marilyn Manson and DaBaby, who were both featured on Donda
Fighting back: ‘When I sit next to Marilyn Manson and DaBaby right after both of them got canceled for five songs, it’s like, they can’t cancel us all!’ the producer said; seen in August with Manson (R)
Earlier in his interview, Kanye lashed out at ‘Cancel Culture’ and the #MeToo Movement while defending his collaborators Marilyn Manson and DaBaby, who were both featured on Donda.
‘When I sit next to Marilyn Manson and DaBaby right after both of them got canceled for five songs, it’s like, they can’t cancel us all!’ the producer said.
He seemed to suggest that accusations of misconduct made years after the fact can’t be trusted.
‘They’ll hit you with an accusation of somebody you was with ten years ago,’ he complained, comparing them unfavorably to women who have been ‘pulled in alleys against their will.
‘That’s different than a hug, but it’s classified as the same thing,’ he claimed. ‘It’s power and politics.’
Minimizing: Kanye complained that ‘they’ll hit you with an accusation of somebody you was with ten years ago,’ though 15 women have accused Manson of crimes including sexual assault and physical abuse
Manson joined Kanye at one of his listening parties after he was accused by 15 women of sexual assault and physical abuse.
He’s also currently under investigation by the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
DaBaby was disinvited from several music festivals over the summer after a homophobic rant he delivered at the Rolling Loud festival in Miami, but he resurfaced on a later version of Donda.
Kanye seemed to think he was above ‘Cancel Culture,’ though he appeared to conflate his sometimes controversial statements with the sexual crimes that Manson has been accused of by several women.
‘I love [Cancel Culture]. I’m above it,’ he boasted. ‘I’m running to get canceled.’
Kanye, who legally changed his name to Ye, also briefly complained about the wife of a friend who reminded people on social media shortly after his death that Kobe Bryant had been accused of rape, which appeared to have angered the rapper.
‘They don’t want you to have a house,’ he began, appearing to complain that Black men are held back in society.
Sophistication: Kanye had rare praise for Drake, whose music he called ‘more sophisticated than the style of rap that I grew up on’
Suspicions: But he also said he worried that Drake had had an affair with Kim, and he wondered if he might have DMed her even if there wasn’t an affair; seen October 30 in LA
Kanye also delved into his controversial relationship with Drake several times in the interview.
Early on he shared some rare praise for the hitmaker, calling him ‘a very important artist who added something to the algorithm.’
‘The style of rap that he was doing was more sophisticated than the style of rap that I grew up on,’ Kanye said approvingly, adding that Drake’s song had ‘good melodies’ and ‘good music.’
But after he was asked if he could ‘smoke’ Drake in a Verzuz battle, Kanye replied, ‘Yeah, absolutely.’
‘But it already happened,’ he added. ‘He played one of my leaked songs and it was better than every other song this year,’ he said of a track that featured Outkast’s Andre 3000.
Public information? Kanye denied leaking Drake’s Toronto address and claimed the information was easily found online; seen together in 2015 in Atlanta
Kanye also denied leaking Drake’s address, after he posted a map image with an address on social media that is believed to be the location of Drake’s Toronto mansion.
‘No, he advertised it when he was building the house,’ he claimed. ‘Everyone knows it. It’s like a place in Canada you go by. It’s like a monument.’
‘You can find it. That’s how I was able to find it,’ he added. ‘It’s Googleable. It’s on Google Maps.’
He also complained that those close to him worried he was having an ‘episode’ whenever he referenced his feuds in his music.
He defended his reactions after believing that Drake threatened him on a track.
‘A man threatening my life on a song and they wonder why you end up in the hospital,’ he said, adding that Drake was ‘driving me crazy’ with his jabs in songs.
He claimed that Drake said to him, ‘I never f***ed Kim.’
‘But you acted like you did,’ Kanye continued. ‘You’ve got bars, it’s like, “Hidden Hills, give your wife the chills.”‘
He said it was disrespectful and said he asked Drake if he ever ‘DMed’ Kim.
Risky business: Early in the interview, Kanye revealed that he was not fully vaccinated against the novel coronavirus. He said he had only had one shot and was ‘halfcinated’
Early in the interview, Kanye revealed that he was not fully vaccinated against coronavirus.
‘I traveled to Paris a couple weeks ago and I had to go through Lisbon ’cause you can go through Lisbon without being vaccinated,’ he admitted.
‘I only got one of the shots, so I’m “halfcinated.” And Lisbon is a 15-hour ride,’ he said, before launching into a different tangent.
He also called out his former John Legend and Big Sean, both of whom were previously signed to his G.O.O.D. Music label.
Toward the end of the interview, Kanye held a fake tombstone and said, ‘When I die, on my tombstone it’s gonna say, ‘I deserve to be here. I signed Big Sean.’
He explained that he was angry at Big Sean and John Legend because both of his label mates criticized him amid his doomed presidential run last year.
‘I changed this man’s family,’ he said of Sean. ‘And both John Legend and Big Sean, when I ran for office, got used quick by the Democrats to come at they boy that actually changed they life. And that’s some sellout s***,’ he said.
‘And I don’t rock with neither of them and I need my apology. I ain’t saying they ain’t gon’ change, but n****s is scared,’ he added.
Fighting words: Elsewhere, Kanye shared that he was upset that Kylie Jenner’s partner Travis Scott had appeared on a Drake song. He said in a group chat with him, Jay-Z, Drake, Kim and other, ‘I’m worth more than all of y’all on this text combined’
Elsewhere, Kanye shared that he was upset that Kylie Jenner’s partner Travis Scott had appeared on a Drake song.
He revealed that he called Travis out in a massive group chat that also included Drake, Jay-Z, Kim, Kid Cudi and Pusha T.
‘One of the lines I said [to them] that was legend is I said, “I’m worth more than all of y’all on this text combined.”‘
Kanye seemed concerned with his wealth and blasted Forbes for declaring his former sister-in-law Kylie Jenner a billionaire — though the magazine later claimed her wealth had been inflated — while he said it insisted that he was not a billionaire.
However, the magazine — which he called ‘racist’ — announced in April 2020 that he was officially a billionaire.
Too close to home: Kanye objected to Travis Scott’s Sicko Mode being played at his children’s parties because of lines from Drake that he took to be an attack on him; Travis and Drake seen in 2013 in NYC
Kanye object to Travis’ song Sicko Mode, which features Drake, being played at his children’s birthday party.
‘I’d have to bring my kids to a party where this man’s threatening my life on a song. Welcome to Calabasas!’
He continued, ‘And then they wonder why you end up in a hospital,’ seemingly referencing his commitment.
In his Sicko Mode verse, Drake raps about ‘I crept down the block / made a right / cut the lights,’ which some fans have interpreted as a jab and Kanye because their houses were so close to each other.
He raps that ‘it’s on sight,’ which has also been interpreted as a threat to Kanye.
Drake added fuel to the feud with a line about ‘checks over stripes,’ seemingly referencing the iconic Nike swoosh and the stripes of the Adidas logo.
Drake has previously collaborated with Nike on shoes, while Kanye’s Yeezy shoes are made by Adidas.
New ‘do: Kanye said his bizarre haircut was supposed to have three doves carved into it. He joked that it was called ‘the Britney’ at first after Britney Spears, but he now called it ‘the Ye’
Ancient history: He seemed to reference when Britney Spears shaved her head amid a mental health episode in 2007
Kanye explained his bizarre haircut earlier in the video, which appeared to be fairly new at the time it was recorded.
He joked that he called the look ‘the Britney,’ seemingly referencing when Britney Spears shaved her head amid a mental health episode, though he now called it ‘the Ye.’
The Monster rapper said he started to shave it himself but went back after he wasn’t satisfied to add three doves, which seemed to account for the smoother patches at the top of his head.
Although the cut was uneven because he gave it to himself in stages, he liked how the dove shapes grew back at different rates.
Joining in: During the interview, the hosts appeared to be smoking what looked like blunts, and Kanye had a joint, which may have been given to him
Helping out: ‘Come on, you’re my Joe Rogan, let’s go!’ he said, though he said he’s ‘not a real smoker’ and asked someone to light up for him since he was wearing gloves
During the interview, the hosts appeared to be smoking what looked like blunts, and Kanye had a joint, which may have been given to him.
‘Come on, you’re my Joe Rogan, let’s go!’ Kanye joked as he decided to unwrap the joint and light it up.
‘Hey man, I’m not a real smoker, y’all gonna embarrass me, you’ve gotta light it,’ he said as he handed it over.
He laughed as he said it would be hard to light while he was wearing black leather gloves.
Kanye only seemed to take a puff before setting the joint down.
He then launched into explaining how he got DaBaby on his album, which he said was after his ‘red hat’ times, when he publicly supported former President Donald Trump.
However, Kanye then seemed to indicate that he still supports Trump’s right-wing movement.
‘I’ve still got a red hat on today, I’ll let y’all know that,’ he said. ‘I might not got it on [at the moment] but I’ll let y’all know where I stand,’ he said.
Still wearing the ‘red hat’: Kanye seemed to say that he still supports former President Donald Trump’s right-wing movement
Standing with Trump: ‘I’ve still got a red hat on today, I’ll let y’all know that,’ he said. ‘I might not got it on [at the moment] but I’ll let y’all know where I stand,’ he said