Kanye West apologized this week for comments he made months ago regarding slavery. Now RadarOnline is claiming he only apologized because Kim Kardashian “threatened divorce.” Gossip Cop can explain why this report doesn’t make sense and is largely untrue.
The site quotes a so-called “confidante” as saying, “Kim is running the Kanye show now. She told him he needed to go public with an apology for the slavery comments that he made three months ago and she also told him that he needed to rehire his manager.” This alleged tipster goes on, “Kim was very vocal about her anger over his behavior and she threatened to divorce him if he didn’t start listening to her and following her orders.”
“She cannot handle another breakdown from her husband and she really does not have the time to worry about her family’s safety anymore,” contends the blog’s untraceable source. The website further maintains, “It is no coincidence that the 41-year-old rapper also rehired his fired manager, Scooter Braun, just hours prior to his tearful interview… West’s controlling wife [Kardashian] left him no other choice.”
Let’s look at all of these allegations logically. First off, if Kardashian is “running the Kanye show now,” why does he need managers? These claims are at odds with each other. And the idea that Kardashian “does not have the time to worry about her family’s safety” is plain insulting. What’s more, the contention that West just “rehired his fired manager” is flat-out wrong. West and Braun never stopped working with each other for any significant period of time. Braun himself explained this in a Billboard interview back in early June. “We still work together and I’m kind of in the same role, but I’m more of an advisor. It was more about wording than anything,” Braun said.
Nothing about their dynamic really changed. Braun didn’t need to be “rehired.” The latest Billboard story on this subject even states that Braun’s “company kept working with him over the past six months.” If RadarOnline had a real “confidante,” it would’ve known that. What did change this week is that West brought his former manager, John Monopoly, back into the fold to work alongside Braun and other team members. This significant distinction apparently eluded the site, and is one of the reasons its story isn’t credible.
Now let’s get back the main premise of this clearly phony narrative, which is that Kardashian “forced” West to make his apology comments. Why, exactly, would she demand the rapper apologize months after the controversial remarks were made? Why would that scandal from earlier this year lead her to “threaten divorce” so long after the fact? In late May, weeks after the uproar, Kardashian celebrated her anniversary with West by posting on Twitter, “4 years down and forever to go… I can’t wait for forever.” Clearly, divorce was not on her mind.
And in June, though Kardashian admitted she wasn’t “calm” in the immediate aftermath of West’s slavery comments, she stressed, “I know what he meant so ultimately, after a week, I was calm… I know his heart, so I know he’ll have that chance to explain himself when the time is right.” That’s all that West did this week, when he felt moved to during a radio interview in his hometown of Chicago.
The notion that this wasn’t a genuine act of contrition, but something he was forced into by Kardashian to stop her from dumping him doesn’t jive with her own comments. It also doesn’t jive with West’s song “Wouldn’t Leave,” in which he confessed, “My wife callin’, screamin’, say we ’bout to lose it all/Had to calm her down ’cause she couldn’t breathe/Told her she could leave me now, but she wouldn’t leave.” Kardashian’s commitment to West was never in doubt, further undermining the online publication’s new storyline.
But RadarOnline also wanted readers to believe in early May that Kardashian was “considering” a divorce from West. As the evidence shows, that clearly wasn’t true then, and it still isn’t true today. And it simply makes no sense to contend now that Kardashian suddenly issued an end-of-marriage ultimatum that made West apologize months later. He apologized now because he wanted to do it now. End of story.
Gossip Cop has determined this story is totally false.