On a recent episode of ABC’s Good Morning America, Kanye West—now officially known as Ye—invited viewers as guests. He spoke about politics, social media, his ongoing disputes with Gap and Adidas, and his new school, Donda Academy, in the interview which the network labeled “A Conversation with Ye: Linsey Davis Reporting.”
West addressed his public fallout with Kim Kardashian in the video. Even in his aggravation, he stated, “This is the mother of my children, and I apologize for any stress that I have caused, even in my frustration, because God calls me to be stronger.” In order to be able to raise those children, “I need this person to be less stressed and of the best, sound mind and as calm as possible to be able to raise those children.” He continued by saying that he still had political aspirations and that he planned to send his kids to the contentious Donda Academy school.
Following his 2020 run for the White House, Ye said he “absolutely” plans to run for president again but did not specify when.
Here are five things Kanye West talked about in the interview…
#1. West on Kim Kardashian
Kanye West tells @GMA he has “new respect” for Kim Kardashian and felt sorrow for causing her stress:
“I need this person to be less stressed and of the best, sound mind and as calm as possible to be able to raise those children at the end of the day.”pic.twitter.com/LvBrjW1NoG
— Pop Crave (@PopCrave) September 22, 2022
Ye claimed to have “new respect” for Kim Kardashian, his ex-wife, and expressed regret for having strained their bond ever since Kardashian requested a divorce in February 2021. In an exclusive morning interview that aired on Thursday on “Good Morning America,” Ye, the recording artist and businessman formerly known as Kanye West, said, “This is the mother of my children, and I apologize for any stress that I have caused, even in my frustration, because God calls me to be stronger. I need this person to be less stressed and of the best, sound mind and as calm as possible to be able to raise those children at the end of the day.”
#2. West on his relationship with his 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 Theatre at Chicago State University on Chicago’s South Side. She died in 2007. “I’m their dad. It has to be co-parenting. It’s not up to only the woman. Like, men have a choice also. Men’s voices matter,” he said.
Furthermore, he told ABC News he hired a female 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 added, showed dramatic results. “She trained every day and I really stayed on her. And when she came back, she had the confidence,” he said.
#3. West on Donda Academy
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— Photos Of Ye (@PhotosOfKanye) September 21, 2022
The private school, which Ye said was originally named the 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 that they need in a world post the iPhone being created.” He said the school is in its third year and has an enrollment of 82 students.
“So many schools are made to set kids up for industries that don’t even matter anymore,” he said, pointing out that the focus areas of the school are “on practical skills” such as engineering, computer programming, and farming. He added that the school has tutors who focus on specific areas and could “actually turn your kids into, like, geniuses.”
“And if your kids are geniuses … they’re three grade levels ahead,” he added.
#4. West on exiting Gap
Ye, who created the fashion brand Yeezy, also addressed the dissolution of his partnership with the Gap. Last week, Ye sent Gap a letter terminating the 10-year partnership, saying the clothing retailer breached its contract to sell his Yeezy Gap line of apparel. West said he plans to open his own line of stores simply called YZY. Also, he has recently blasted Adidas, a company that sells his clothing, in addition to the Gap. Since their collaboration with the sports company was revealed in 2016, Ye has been working with it. However, when Adidas unveiled its Adilette 22 sandals, which look a lot like Ye’s Yeezy slides, Ye took Adidas to the task. Ye referred to their shoes as “fake Yeezys.”
“We had to level up,” Ye said. “Really show ’em who’s the new boss in town, that I’m the boss of me. I’m no longer just the man ridin’ atop the polo horse. I’m not just a mascot in the middle of the games, gettin’ the crowd hyped up sayin’, ‘Hey, wear this, do this,’ but you know, just learn financial engineering. Learn how to — learn how to really run a company. “
Ye added that he plans to move forward with an Oct. 3 fashion show in Paris that was initially planned in conjunction with the Gap. He secured a new producer for the event, he said, via Instagram. Kanye West Good Morning America
#5. West on another presidential run
Ye renounced his bid for the presidency in November 2020. According to a Federal Election Commission disclosure statement, he has lent his 2020 presidential committee $6.8 million, effectively self-funding his campaign for the first 15 days of the campaign. Ye said he “absolutely” plans to run for president again but did not specify when. “That time wasn’t in God’s time,” he said.
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