CELEBRITY GIST: Controversial rapper Kanye West just indicated to the media that he believes Kim Kardashian had nearly reached her marital breaking point.
She was ready to divorce him following his super-charged interview with TMZ in which he blurted the infamous statement, “slavery was a choice.”
In a candid interview with the New York Times, Kanye, 41, said that Kardashian, 37, was considering leaving him, and when probed further by the prestigious newspaper about the state of their marriage during that tumultuous time, he confirmed it was, in fact, “a real conversation.”
West told the Times that, for about a week after his TMZ interview, he felt “like the energy levels were low:
“I called different family members and was asking, you know, ‘Was Kim thinking about leaving me after TMZ? he said to the Times. “so that was a real conversation.”
Very few people witnessed any marital turbulence publicly as the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” reality superstar fiercely defended her husband on social media — despite Kanye’s weird behavior and multiple Twitter rants — and stood by his side throughout the release of his latest studio album Ye.
She even took the children to Jackson Hole, Wyoming to attend Kanye’s celebrity-filled album record
“Kim and Kanye have a solid relationship, even with what’s going on right now,” a person close to the family told E! News. “She loves and supports her husband. Even if they have differences in views and opinions, she knows his heart.”
Because of that highly incendiary comment about slavery, the rapper had to withstand intense backlash, most particularly from the Black community.
The situation was exacerbated by the fact that Kanye paraded around with a “Make America Great Again” Trump hat (see above) and even posted a photo wearing the hat on his Twitter account.
At his lowest point, Kanye also bashed many his celebrity friends multiple times on Twitter regarding his unwavering support for the 45th president.
Kardashian, by the way, openly supported Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2016 presidential election in which Clinton won the popular vote by three million but lost in the electoral college to Donald Trump.
In his talk with the Times, West explained that he “never said” slavery was a choice and he said he does not believe it. He says the public misunderstood what he was trying to articulate to them.
There is one thing that Kanye does not back down from, however. He has never wavered in his avid support for Donald Trump — and he doesn’t care what anyone thinks about it. Kanye believes he and Trump are kindred spirits, even going so far as to tweet that they both shared “dragon energy.”
Despite all of this turmoil, Yeeyz’s 2018 album, Ye , reached the top of the Billboard charts in the first week of its release. In his song, “Wouldn’t Leave,” West even admits that he told Kardashian she could dump him after his slavery comment and wild Twitter outbursts, “but she wouldn’t leave.”
“This what they mean when they say, ‘For better or for worse’, huh?/For every damn female that stuck with they dude/Through the best times, through the worst times/This for you.”
Do you believe that Kim Kardashian was on the verge of leaving Kanye West?