Kanye West: “God, Sex and Alcohol” Got Me Through Taylor Swift Backlash

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(Steven Klein for Interview magazine)

By Michael Lewittes

(Steven Klein for Interview magazine)

Kanye West opens up to Steve McQueen in the February issue of Interview magazine about Kim Kardashian, coping with the backlash of interrupting Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and creating art.

The 12 Years a Slave director asks the rapper how he dealt “mentally, physically and spiritually” with the “negativity” of the Swift incident, to which West replies, “God, sex, and alcohol.”

West shares, “Just enough religion, a half-cup of alcohol with some ice in it and a nice chaser, and then… a lot of sex. And then I’d make it to the next week.”

The star goes on to talk about his much-criticized “Bound 2” music video with Kardashian, telling McQueen, “It’s a dream, and I think the controversy comes from the fact that I don’t think most people are comfortable with their own dreams, so it’s hard for them to be comfortable with other people’s dreams.”

Asked about the new kind of love that comes with being a father to baby North, West offers, “It’s all brand new, how it feels to be a father. There are some things that I understand, certain things that I don’t understand, certain things that I like to get off my chest in interviews, certain things that I want to talk about. But when we talk about love, I don’t have an answer. All I can say is that I’m happy I have it.”

Questioned by McQueen about his creative side, the performer says, “I’m a trained fine artist. I went to art school from the time I was 5 years old. I was, like, a prodigy out of Chicago.”

West continues, “I got three scholarships to art schools—to St. Xavier, to the American Academy of Art, and to the Art Institute of Chicago—and I went to the American Academy of Art.”

“So the joke that I’ve actually played on everyone is that the entire time, I’ve actually just been a fine artist. I just make sonic paintings,” adds the rapper.

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