‘I hated his designs!’ Kanye West claims he was ‘jealous’ of late Virgil Abloh but ‘loved and misses him’ as he shares texts hitting back at former collaborator Tremaine Emory
Kanye West shared several screenshots from an alleged ‘abbreviated conversation’ with Supreme creative director Tremaine Emory to his Instagram account on Friday.
The 45-year-old was previously called out in a post that was shared to the 41-year-old designer’s Instagram account earlier this week, in which he expressed that the rapper did not care about Virgil Abloh and spoke negatively of him prior to his death.
The Stronger rapper went on to defend himself in the alleged conversation and remarked that he was a great admirer of the late fashion industry figure and was ‘jealous’ of what he achieved during his career, even as he lambasted his fashion designs in the same conversation.
Letting everyone see: Kanye West shared several screenshots from an alleged ‘abbreviated conversation’ with Tremaine Emory to his Instagram account on Friday. The rapper, 45, who was called out by Emory earlier this week, defended his ‘love’ of his late friend Virgil Abloh, even while blasting his designs
Emory was said to have started the conversation and began by criticizing West for his conduct during the final stages of Abloh’s life, before he passed away from cardiac angiosarcoma, a rare cancer in November 2021, aged 41.
The rapper expressed that, although he ‘hated Virgil’s designs,’ his former collaborator felt the same way, and that he was never informed with certainty that the designer was battling cancer.
The Bound 2 songwriter also wrote that he ‘scrame at Virgil, I was jealous of Virgil, I felt betrayed and lied to by Virgil [sic],’ although he clarified that he also had ‘love’ for the late fashion industry figure.
When speaking about the designer’s private funeral, he wrote that he ‘wanted to grab the mic’ and send a message about reconciliation to A$AP Mob members A$AP Rocky and A$AP Bari.
Old pals: West was allegedly texting with Tremaine Emory, 41, after he called out the rapper earlier this week; seen October 2 in Paris
Starting it off: Emory was said to have started the conversation and began by criticizing West for his conduct during the final stages of Abloh’s life
It wasn’t me: The Bound 2 rapper denied that Abloh ever informed him about his health struggles
Mixed feelings: The Bound 2 songwriter also wrote that he ‘scrame at Virgil, I was jealous of Virgil, I felt betrayed and lied to by Virgil [sic],’ although he clarified that he also had ‘love’ for the late fashion industry figure
Spitballing: The Academy Award-winning performer went on to express his thoughts about the modern state of fashion and economics
The performer added: ‘This past few days have felt like an extension of Virgil’s funeral. Virgil played the game perfectly and it still killed him.’
West went on to express that he wanted to apologize to Abloh’s family for taking up his time, and he went on to thank Emory for allowing him to express his feelings about the matter.
The rapper then wrote that ‘it’s hard to find real friends when you’re a walking meal ticket,’ and remarked that he wanted to discuss the matter further in the future.
He concluded by expressing his views about what constituted ‘power’ and wrote that ‘all the BLM’rs’ were ‘calling to threaten my life all over again.’
Making a statement: West expressed that ‘we let the colonizers colonize us’ in his conversation
Missed opportunity: West went on to express that he wanted to apologize to Abloh’s family for taking up his time, and he went on to thank Emory for allowing him to express his feelings about the matter
Venting: The rapper then wrote that ‘it’s hard to find real friends when you’re a walking meal ticket,’ and remarked that he wanted to discuss the matter further in the future
Mixed feelings: He concluded by expressing his views about what constituted ‘power’ and wrote that ‘all the BLM’rs’ were ‘calling to threaten my life all over again’
Days earlier, Tremaine accused Kanye of using Virgil’s death to distract fans from his recent controversies.
The Grammy winner had written on Instagram: ‘Spank my hand with the ruler i’ll go sit in the “principal” office can’t we talk about more important things like how late the show was or how Bernard Arnault killed my best friend everyone’s got a right to an opinion right there’s mine.’
Sharing a screenshot of the post, Tremaine wrote on his own profile: ‘Your best friend Virgil, NEGRO PLEASE, this time last year you said Virgil’s designs are a disgrace to the black community infont of all your employees at yeezy – ASK LUCETTE HOLLAND…I GOT ALL THE “RECEIPTS” (don’t let me get into the things you said about v after his death).’
‘Ye tell the ppl why you didn’t get invited to Virgil’s actual funeral the one before the public one at the museum. You knew Virgil had terminal cancer and you rode on him in group chats, at yeezy, interviews…YOU ARE SO BROKEN. KEEP VIRGIL NAME OUT YOUR MOUTH…KEEP @gabriellak_j NAME OUT YOUR MOUTH…’
In better times: West, Emory and Abloh are seen spending time together during Paris Fashion Week in 2018
‘Your not a victim your just an insecure narcissist that’s dying for validation from the fashion world…take care…at least we’ll always have “UGANDA.”‘
West previously reposted a TikTok video on his Instagram earlier Friday in which the rapper Azealia Banks harshly compared Gigi Hadid to her younger sister Bella Hadid.
The 31-year-old musician called the mother of one a ‘cabbage patch’ while Bella was ‘the doll.’
The 43-year-old rapper and fashion designer, also known as Ye, chose to share the clip amid his ongoing feud with Gigi.
Repost: Kanye West, also known as Ye, 43, reposted a TikTok originally shared by Azealia Banks, in which she unfavorably compared Gigi Hadid to her younger sister, Bella Hadid
The supermodel, 27, recently commented that Ye was ‘a bully’ after he lashed out at Vogue editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson when she called his White Lives Matter merchandise presented during Paris Fashion Week ‘violent’ and ‘dangerous.’
The Heartless singer shared the short clip onto her Instagram story, with a previous caption on the video that read, ‘i’m sorry gigi but this is the one of the funniest videos i’ve ever seen.’
Azealia, known for hit songs such as 212, could be heard stating directly to the camera, ‘Gigi Hadid, you are not the doll. Bella Hadid is the doll.’
The singer continued by adding, ‘You’re the cabbage patch. She’s the Barbie. You’re the cabbage patch.’
At the end, she referenced to the Brady brunch characters. ‘She’s Marcia and you’re Jan.’
Kanye himself didn’t add any further caption to the reposted TikTok video, but earlier Friday via his Instagram, he also called the model a ‘Karen’ and typed, ‘YOU WERE BORN WITH A SILVER SPOON IN YOUR MOUTH YOURE A ZOMBIE.’
Feud: The TikTok was reposted amid ongoing drama between the rapper and model following his Paris Fashion Show on Monday; seen October 2 in Paris
Contents: During the short clip, the singer called the supermodel a ‘cabbage patch’ and her younger sister, Bella, ‘the doll’
‘A zombie’: Also on Friday, Ye referenced to the supermodel as a ‘Karen’ and also called her a ‘zombie’ on Instagram
Ye and Gigi’s ongoing feud was sparked shortly after the rapper’s Paris Fashion Show on Monday in which models strutted down the runway wearing White Lives Matter merchandise.
The following day, the fashion designer lashed out at Vogue contributing editor, Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, after she called out his behavior as ‘indefensible’ and that the merchandise was both ‘dangerous and violent.’
Ye also shared a photo of the Vogue writer, writing that she was ‘not a fashion person.’
After sharing a text message exchange on his Instagram page in which a person named Mowalola was asking him to ‘not insult’ the Vogue editor, Gigi jumped to the comments.
The model, who personally has worked with Gabriella in the past, wrote, ‘You wish u had a percentage of her intellect. You have no idea haha.’ She concluded by calling him both ‘a bully’ and ‘a joke.’
Harsh: Towards the end of the TikTok clip, the singer also stated that Gigi was ‘Marcia’ from the Brady Brunch, while Bella was ‘Jan’
Fueling the flames: After Ye posted a text message exchange with Mowalola in which he was told not to ‘insult’ the Vogue editor, Gigi proceeded to comment her own feelings on the situation, labeling him ‘a bully’ and ‘a joke’
Lashing out: After Vogue editor, Gabriella Karefa-Johnson, called his collection ‘violent’ and ‘dangerous,’ Kanye jumped to his Instagram in response
On Wednesday, Kanye responded to Gigi labeling him a ‘bully,’ and uploaded his response on Instagram.
‘I WONDER WHAT GIGI AND VENUS’S PERESPECTIVES WERE WHEN I DIDN’T KNOW WHERE MY CHILD WAS ON HER BIRTHDAY,’ he wrote, referencing to drama revolving around daughter, Chicago, and his claims that Kim refused to let him see their child on her fourth birthday.
He then referenced that himself and Gabriella had a discussion in the past regarding the birthday situation. ‘Gabby told me that she disagreed with that.’
Gigi then prompted to leap back into the comments to correct the rapper. ‘It’s Gabriella.’
Khloe also added herself into the feud, defending her sister. ‘Ye, I love you. I don’t want to do this on social media but YOU keep bringing it here. You are the father of my nieces and nephews and I’m trying to be respectful but please STOP tearing Kimberly down and using our family when you want to deflect.’
More to the battle: As the feud continued, the rapper shared a longer statement on his Instagram on Wednesday, referencing to Gigi and his alleged inability to see his daughter, Chicago, on her fourth birthday
Defense: After Kanye’s claims, Khloe also commented, and asked him to ‘STOP tearing Kimberly down’
On Monday, Ye held his recent collection during Paris Fashion Week, which debuted White Lives Matter merchandise.
Models in the runway show donned clothing with the message written on some of the pieces in the collection, referencing to the Black Lives Matter movement which was founded back in 2013, following the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin.
One of the guests, Jaden Smith, son of Will Smith, shared a tweet expressing that he had walked out of the show.
Candace Owens, a well-known right-wing commentator, shared a photo of herself posing next to Kanye as they both wore long-sleeved shirts with the logo printed on the back.
Surprise show: Kanye held his surprise Yeezy show amid Paris Fashion Week on Monday where he debuted his collection that comprised of White Lives Matter clothing
Didn’t stay: Jaden Smith shared a tweet that he didn’t ‘care who’s it is’ and that if he doesn’t ‘feel the message I’m out’
Kanye launched a public feud with his friend Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs on Friday, fighting with him over text and posting the screen-grabs to Instagram.
The two were locked in a dispute over Kanye’s White Lives Matter t-shirts, which he debuted at Paris Fashion Week last month to a storm of controversy.
Over the course of their fiery exchange, Kanye goaded Diddy to ‘come do something illegal to me’ and vowed to ‘use you as an example to show the Jewish people who told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me.’
A devout Christian, he also declared in one of his Instagram captions: ‘Jesus is Jew.’
Diddy was previously one of Kanye’s only famous friends to leap to his defense, calling him a ‘free thinker’ and saying his message was ‘misconstrued’ while expressing disagreement with the White Lives Matter slogan.
Spat: Kanye (left) launched a public feud with his friend Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs (right) on Friday, fighting with him over text and posting the screen-grabs to Instagram
It would appear Diddy got in touch with Kanye directly and shared his misgivings about the shirts, prompting an argument over text.
‘I didn’t like our convo,’ Kanye wrote. ‘I’m selling these tees. Nobody gets in between me and my money. This is my grandfather texting you now.’
The rapper told Diddy: ‘Never call me with no bulls*** like that again unless you ready to green light me. Cause anybody who got on that tee is me.’
Kanye wrote: ‘Out of respect for everything you’ve meant to me I’ll be quiet as Virgil. But now I know how I’ve hurt people I love with threats.’
Feint: Kanye taunted his friend: ‘Come do something illegal to me noooow pleeeeeeeeease,’ then said he had made Diddy his ‘security’ as ‘anything happen to me yall the top suspects’
In a follow-up text Kanye taunted his friend: ‘Come do something illegal to me noooow pleeeeeeeeease.’
He then posted a screen-grab of these texts to his Instagram page and wrote in the caption: ‘God is Love My brother misspoke to me but I still love him.’
In a follow-up Instagram post he declared that Diddy had now become his ‘SECURITY’ because ‘ANYTHING HAPPEN TO ME YALL THE TOP SUSPECTS.’
His text feud thundered ahead as Diddy fired back: ‘As soon as I land we’ll meet face to face!!! Send me a address.’
‘Jesus is Jew’: Kanye declared: ‘Ima use you as an example to show the Jewish people that told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me’
Kanye responded by cursing Diddy out and calling him a ‘FED,’ posting the exchange to Instagram and declaring in the caption: ‘Jesus is king’ – a phrase that is also the title of one of Kanye’s gospel albums. Diddy commented: ‘see you soon!’
‘N***a send me a address,’ Diddy insisted over text. ‘Let’s stop playing these internet games. And don’t feel threatened. You’ll be fine. Just love.’
‘This ain’t a game,’ Kanye retorted. ‘Ima use you as an example to show the Jewish people that told you to call me that no one can threaten or influence me. I told you this was war. Now gone get you some business.’
When he posted the screen-grab to Instagram he wrote in the caption: ‘Jesus is Jew.’
‘Stop’: ‘I’m just trying to talk to you as a black man,’ Diddy pleaded, adding: ‘And I’m talking to you because this is hurting our people’
‘I’m just trying to talk to you as a black man,’ Diddy pleaded. ‘And I’m talking to you because this is hurting our people. Stop.’
Kanye, undeterred, replied: ‘Anything you text I will post. I love you. And you guys are breaking my heart. I accept your apology in advance.’
By ‘you guys,’ he appeared to be referring to both Diddy and Boosie Badazz, who has also criticized the White Lives Matter shirts.
Posting these texts to Instagram, he wrote: ‘GOD IS LOVE.’
The way they were: Kanye and Diddy are pictured at a more convivial stage of their friendship attending the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden
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