Kanye is sorry for ‘stressing’ Kim Kardashian – but says she discriminated against him in their marriage.
An uncharacteristically contrite “Can’t Tell Me Nothing” rapper apologized to his celebrity ex-wife on Thursday and regretted disturbing her peace with his antics in the wake of their bitter breakup.
“This is the mother of my children and I apologize for any distress I have caused,” Kanye, 45, better known as Ye or Yeezy, said on Good Morning America.
“I need that person who is the least stressed and at best sane and as calm as possible to be able to raise these kids,” he added of Kardashian, 41 – who he recently said has full parental control about his brood “80% of the time.”
Kardashian filed for divorce in February 2021 after six years of sacred marriage. Their divorce was finalized in March 2022. The acidified sweethearts share children North West, 9, Saint West, 6, Chicago West, 4, and Psalm West, 3.
Yes’s expression of regret comes after he appeared to have released a series of private and controversial texts with Kardashian and members of the famous family – including mother Kris Jenner, 66 – to his 17.2million Instagram followers.
Earlier this month, Yeezy posted screenshots of a chat in which he and the SKIMS mastermind appeared to be at war over where their kids went to school. In the now-deleted conversation, the Jesus Walks host wrote, “You don’t have say where the kids go to school. Why you gonna say, say ’cause you’re half white?
On GMA, Ye revealed that he had to “fight” for his right to raise his children.
“I have a voice, but I had to fight for it,” said the Chicago native. “It hurts you when you have to yell about what your kids are wearing.”
“There was a parallel to what was happening at GAP, what was happening at Adidas and what was happening at my house,” he added.
And Kanye identified “discrimination” as that parallel.
“It was all sort of disregard for the voice of something I helped create,” he barked. “I co-created the children. I helped design the product at Adidas. I helped design the product at GAP. There is a parallel. And the parallel touches on discrimination.”
When asked if he felt discriminated against during his marriage to Kardashian, the ‘Father, Stretch My Hands’ lyricist said, “Yeah. I want my kids to go to Donda [Academy] and I have to fight to say that.”
Donda is the gospel-focused educational institution for children that Ye founded in 2019. There are currently 82 students enrolled.
Kanye’s Christian private school in Simi Valley, California is named for his late mother, Donda West, who chaired the Department of English, Communication, Media Arts, and Theater at Chicago State University. She died in 2007.
“As a father and as a Christian,” Ye said, “I have the right to have a say in what my children wear, what they watch and what they eat.”
“I’m her father. It has to be co-parenting,” he continued. “It’s not just the woman. Men have choices too. Male voices are important.”
And the Grammy winner admitted to using his popular social media presence as a megaphone for his parental plight.
“I have a platform where I can say what so many dads can’t say out loud,” boasted Yeezy.
Comparing Twitter and Instagram’s virtual vehicles to a real car, he said: “We can use a car to take someone to the hospital, or we can use a car to accidentally ram someone while we’re taking someone to the hospital.” It all depends on how we use it.”
Elsewhere in the wide-ranging interview, Kanye addressed his crumbling, decade-long partnership with apparel giant GAP.
Last week he canceled his 10-year deal with the brand that backs his streetwear line, claiming they were in breach of contract.
“It means I was there for a specific agenda, not for Yeezy Gap to be everything it could be or for this dream I had about what the Gap could be,” he said. “It’s time for me to do my own thing.”
Kanye plans to open his own line of stores called YZY — an idea first floated by radio personality Sway during a 2013 show.
During their conversation, an excited Ye famously asked “How Sway?” when the show’s host suggested they launch their own clothing line rather than partner with a major retailer.
But now, as Kanye prepares to heed this wise business advice nearly a decade later, the rapper humbly admitted:
“Sway had the answer.”