Kanye West News Updates: Fact Vs. Fiction

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Kanye West meltdown fact fiction

By Shari Weiss

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Kanye West is often the subject of untrue stories, but the quantity of rumors about the superstar has increased in recent days due to his on-stage ranting and subsequent hospitalization. Gossip Cop can separate the fact from the fiction.

FICTION: Kanye West rapped, “I hope they build the wall, I hope they get rid of them all,” according to the New York Daily News.
FACT: The newspaper was among the outlets that claimed West did an anti-immigration freestyle during the same concert in which he expressed support from Donald Trump. But the Daily News was duped by a Twitter user, who made up the statement. That lone, unverified tweet was the sole basis of the allegation, and a rep for West exclusively told Gossip Cop that he did not, in fact, spit such a rhyme. And, tellingly, no video has emerged of the supposed rap while footage of the star’s other comments has circulated widely.

FICTION: Donald Trump responded to Kanye West’s supportive comments, according to VH1.
FACT: The network’s website alleged Trump gave his reaction to the rapper’s in-concert speech during a rally. The president-elect was quoted as saying, “I’ll never say bad about him. You want to know why? Because he loves Trump. He goes around saying Trump is my all-time hero.” But these remarks were actually more than a year old. Trump said them in September of 2015. He has not held a rally since the election, and has not publicly responded to West’s comments.

FICTION: Kanye West wanted to “protect” Mike Pence during the Hamilton controversy, according to HollywoodLife.
FACT: The webloid claimed West disagreed with the musical’s cast giving a speech directed at Pence, and now had a “bone to pick” with them. The story ridiculously asserted the star wished he was in attendance so he could have “grabbed the mic” and gone “off” to defend the vice president-elect. But as the fabrication factory often does, this tale was crafted seemingly out of thin air. West’s rep exclusively told Gossip Cop the article was “totally made up.”

FICTION: Kanye West is on suicide watch, according to RadarOnline.
FACT: The site alleged that, while in the hospital, West was on “suicide watch.” The outlet ran multiple articles referring to the musician as “suicidal.” But although he was obviously going through some kind of psychosis when he was hospitalized, nothing has suggested he actually wanted to kill himself. And there’s a reason no reputable outlet has run such accusations. They’re simply false, West’s rep told Gossip Cop.

FICTION: Taylor Swift is “devastated” over Kanye West’s hospitalization, according to HollywoodLife.
FACT: The serial fabricators at HollywoodLies were at it again with a post purporting to know how Swift felt about West being hospitalized. An unreliable (and possibly fake) “source” claimed to the webloid that the health crisis made Swift “forgive” him for their previous problems. But just as the site made up West’s reaction to the Hamilton situation, it now made up Swift’s reaction here. Gossip Cop was assured that no one legitimately close to the singer was sharing her feelings on this subject.

West is clearly dealing with very serious issues right now. While it always upsets Gossip Cop to see manufactured stories, it’s especially disturbing in this case. We’ll continue to share what’s real and what’s rumor as necessary.

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