Ye said he has a “new respect” for ex-wife Kim Kardashian and felt sorry for causing stress in the relationship since Kardashian filed for divorce in February 2021.
“This is the mother of my children, and I apologize for any stress I have caused, even in my frustration, because God is asking me to be stronger,” Ye, the recording artist and entrepreneur on formerly known as Kanye West, said in an exclusive morning interview that aired Thursday on “Good Morning America.” “I need this person to be less stressed and of the best mind, sound and as calm as possible to be able to raise those children at the end of the day.”
In a wide-ranging interview covering Donda Academy, a school he founded in California, on his plans to run again for president, Ye repeatedly skirted his responsibility as a celebrity and insists he has a say in . the future of the four children he fathered with global social media and reality TV stardom.
“As a father and as a Christian. And I have the right to have a say in what my children are wearing, what they are watching, what they are eating,” he said. “I have a platform that I can say that not many fathers can say out loud.”
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Relationship with their children
Ye said he “absolutely” wants his children to attend Donda Academy, a “gospel school” he created named after Donda West, his late mother who chaired the Department of English, Communications, Media -Arts and Theater at Chicago State University on the South Side of Chicago. . She died in 2007.
“I am their father. It must be co-parenting. It is not up to the woman alone. Like, men have a choice too. It is a matter of men’s voices,” he said.
The private school, which Ye said was originally named Yeezy Christian Academy, is located in Simi Valley, California. According to the school’s website, the academy’s mission is to help students “learn fundamentals, grow in their faith, and experience two enrichment classes.”
Ye said the school “gives kids practical tools they need in a global job that’s being created on the iPhone.” He said that the school is in its third year and that there are 82 students on the roll.
“So many schools are made to prepare children for industries that are no longer important,” he said, pointing out that the school’s focus is “on practical skills” such as engineering, computer programming and farming. He also said that the school has tutors who focus on specific areas and that they “could really turn your kids into geniuses.”
“And if your kids are geniuses … they are three grade levels ahead,” he said.
Ye told ABC News that he hired a women’s basketball coach to help improve the skills of North, his 9-year-old daughter. He also helps coach North “every morning,” he said. The effort, Ye said, has shown great results. “She trained every day and I really waited on her. And when she came back, she had the confidence,” he said.
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Stepping out of the Gap
Ye, who created the fashion brand Yeezy, also addressed the dissolution of his partnership with the Gap. Last week, Ye sent a letter to The Gap ending the 10-year partnership, saying the clothing retailer breached its contract to sell its Yeezy Gap clothing line. Ye said he plans to open his own line of stores simply called YZY.
Mark Breitbard, Gap brand president and CEO, said the company and West are “not aligned” in how they work together, according to a memo sent to employees and reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. “Simply put … while we share a vision, how we work together to deliver this vision is not aligned,” Breitbard wrote, according to the Journal.
In addition to criticizing the Gap, Ye recently criticized Adidas, a retailer that carries its clothing. Ye has been working with the athletic brand since their partnership was announced in 2016, but took a nosedive at Adidas when the brand released its Adilette 22 sandals, which are similar to Ye’s Yeezy slides. Ye called their footwear “fake Yeezy.”
“It was all kind of ignoring the voice of something that I co-created. I co-created the product at Adidas. I co-created the product at Gap,” said Ye.
“That means I was there for some specific agenda, not for Yeezy Gap to be everything it could be, or this dream I had of what the Gap could be ,” he said. “It’s time for me to do my own thing.”
Adidas CEO Kasper Rorsted said in August that West was probably the company’s most important partner, according to the Wall Street Journal. Adidas is trying to find a way to continue the partnership, the paper reported.
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Since his ongoing battle with Adidas, Ye said he is determined to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes of his brand.
“We had to level up,” said Ye. “Show them really who’s the new boss in town, that I’m the boss of me. I’m no longer just the guy riding on top of the polo horse. I’m not just a mascot in the middle of the games, gettin’ the crowd up saying, ‘Hey, spend this, do this,’ but you know, learn financial engineering. Learn how – learn how to really run a company.”
Ye also said that he plans to go ahead with an October 3 fashion show in Paris that was originally planned in collaboration with the Gap. He found a new producer for the event, he said, through Instagram.
Today, YZY Gap, engineered by Balenciaga, announced a new line of outerwear and knitwear, which will be available online. YZY Gap, engineered by Balenciaga, also announced that YZY Gap will be available at stores outside the US for the first time at Gap’s Tokyo and Shanghai flagship stores.
Could, another presidential run
In November 2020, Ye conceded to run for president. He loaned his 2020 presidential committee $6.8 million, essentially self-funding his campaign during the first month and a half of his run, according to a disclosure filing from the Federal Election Commission.
Ye said he “absolutely” plans to run for president again but did not specify when.
“That time was not God’s time,” he said.
Ye said that he is often misunderstood because of his adamancy for his Christian faith, which drives him to perform “Sunday Service” with a gospel choir at various places around the U.S. He said that he is “radical” because they want ” to promote the idea of the family”. , the idea of God, the idea of protecting the innocence of children as long as possible.”
“When you get the love and fear of God, you open the love and fear of everything else. And it’s easier to have sheep when people don’t have God. It’s easier to control the people if people are not under the control of God . So they can be controlled by how many likes they have or whatever is happening on their TikTok or how much money or the attitude of people,” he said.
“But we only have one audience here and that audience is God. And he’s always watching over us,” Ye said. “He has my back.”
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