I don't think there has been an artist that has been more misunderstood in current celebrity culture than Kanye West. In the decade that he's been in the public eye, he has never been one to shy away from saying what is really on his mind, and that is the quality I find most admirable. You also never really know what to expect with Kanye West. He graciously accepted the Video Vanguard Award at this year's VMAs and made a pretty wild speech, concluding with his bid for presidency. We all believed him because, why not? Kanye West recently spoke about North, Kim, & the new baby in an intimate interview with SHOWStudio in Paris, and revealed many details about his family that uncovered a very different side of West.
Whenever he speaks about his family, wife Kim Kardashian and daughter North West, Kanye absolutely beams. This appears to be the first time he's spoken publicly about the upcoming birth of his first son, thanks to a question posted by Vogue editor Anna Wintour, which she asked about the baby's name. Kanye replied, "I don't have a name for him, but what I hope for him is that he can feel purpose. That he can learn that he has the opportunities..."
It's the sort of quote that could likely bring even his harshest around: No matter what you think about his music or his view of himself, at the center of it all, West is also a deeply caring father. And this isn't the first statement he has made about his family and life that might shatter any negative and harsh implications that have been placed on him for being an intelligent and ambitious man. He's got a lot of feels, y'all.
When He Didn't Care About Being On Reality TV
Oh, that’s just all for love. It’s simply that. At a certain point, or always, love is more important than any branding, or any set of cool people, or attempting to impress anyone. Because true love is just the way you feel...Thoughts and feelings can disagree sometimes.
When He Admitted That He Is Privileged Now
In the same SHOWStudio interview, West said:
Do I worry about being in the public eye and raising kids? Yeah... but it's champagne problems...It's people who can't feed their kids. That's something to worry about more... These aren't real issues. There's people at war. There's people trying to make it to London right now.... That celeb s--t, it's not real s--t... You know what, I'm alive. I'm breathing... I have no problems.
When He Admitted To Having An Ego
Naturally, Kanye West had to say that he could be seen as a douche bag in the most poetic way in an interview with The New York Times. He said:
I have this table in my new house...They put this table in without asking. It was some weird nouveau riche marble table, and I hated it. But it was literally so heavy that it took a crane to move it. We would try to set up different things around it, but it never really worked...I realized that table was my ego. No matter what you put around it, under it, no matter who photographed it, the douchebaggery would always come through.
When He Said He Wasn't A Shark
West acknowledged misconceptions about his temper to GQ. He said, "I'm not a shark. I'm a blowfish ... People have me pinned as a shark or a predator in some way, and in no way am I that. I wouldn't want to hurt anyone. I want to defend people. I want to help people."
When He Showed His Humble Side
When people complained of the wait time for his NYFW Adidas fashion show this past February, he apologized on Style.com and said:
So I apologize for the wait, to the people that had to actually wait at the New York fashion show. I apologize to the kids that had to wait in the 42 theaters where we streamed the show across the globe, I apologize to them for the wait. Let me just explain something to everyone. I'm sorry. I'm a human being. I've got opinions, I'm not always right, I'm not always on time, I don't always say things in the proper way, but my intentions are always extremely pure. My purpose is extremely just.
When Fatherhood Changed Him
In this recent Paris interview, West also said, "Three years ago, after this interview, I would've been on the train back to Paris to see the last of the shows to get that inspiration ... Now, I'm on the first flight home to see my greatest inspiration, that's my daughter."
When He Confessed It's More Important To Be Nice
Sure, fashion and appearance is extremely important to him, but he said there are definitely more valuable things to be. He shared a story about his grandfather's style with Style.com, "I dislike the concept of chic being the highest compliment for a human being. I'd rather someone be nice than to be chic."
Clearly, there's more to Kanye than many of his harshest critics think.
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