Kanye West Revealed In An Interview With Nick Cannon About His Stance On Abortion.
Nearly two months after his first presidential rally, the “Stronger” singer, 43, spoke candidly with Cannon, 39, on the Tuesday, September 1, episode of his “Cannon’s Class” podcast. Throughout the chat, the father of four — he shares North, 7, Saint, 4, Chicago, 2, and Psalm, 15 months, with wife Kim Kardashian — touched upon many facets of his life.
No holding back. Kanye West opened up about his stance on abortion, when he first found God and his Taylor Swift VMAs dramaduring an intimate conversation with Nick Cannon.
The rapper, who is running for the U.S. presidency in November, addressed his tearful speech on July 19, in which he revealed that the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star, 39, almost terminated her first pregnancy with North, recalling that Kardashian “had the pills in her hand.”
The couple have since weathered some trouble in their marriage but a source told Us Weekly exclusively in August that the Atlanta native is “doing a lot better. He’s in a much, much better headspace.”
The pair, who have been married since 2014, are looking toward their future despite their struggles. “Kim is focused on healing her relationship with Kanye and has been busy taking care of their kids and him,” a second insider said.
The Yeezy designer also looked back at his 2009 MTV Video Music Awards altercationwith Swift, 30, which sparked a decade-long feud between the artists.
Although the two briefly buried the hatchet long enough for the “Bad Blood” singer to present the rapper with the MTV Video Vanguard Award in 2015, a year later their feud reignited when West released “Famous”and sang that he “made that bitch famous.”
Their drama began when West walked onstage at the VMAs and took Swift’s microphone and claimed that Beyoncé should have won the 2009 Best Female Video award.
West also revealed how he got the name “Birthday Party,” which is the banner he is running under in the 2020 presidential election, during his podcast interview. The Sunday Service leader then explained how being in the hospital in 2016 led to his strong connection with God.
Scroll down to read the biggest bombshells from his interview with Cannon.
In his first presidential rally in South Carolina in July, West opened up about his and Kardashian’s near-abortion. He tearfully talked about how close the couple was to terminating the Skims creator’s first pregnancy. Despite getting backlash for his public declaration, West is happy that his pro-life stance has been heard.
“For anyone who wants to tear me down for crying, you realize that because of South Carolina, there are people who have decided to have a child? Because they connected,” West said. “And if they were on the fence about it, they never saw anyone in my position take that position and say, ‘Look at this. This is a 7-year-old right here. And she might have never made it here.’”
He added that he apologized to his father after claiming that his dad wanted to abort him, but stressed that the message was what he wanted to get out. “So when I talk to my father, my father made me apologize to him for bringing this up publicly. He also said that the abortion culture teaches people that a child isn’t a real soul,” the musician explained. “And it was my wife that said, ‘This is a soul.’ And the scariest thing is, she had the pills — you know, you take these pills, you take them and the next morning the baby’s gone — she had the pills in her hand.”
When it comes to his biggest success, West also pointed to family. “At the beginning, middle and the end of the day, I’m a dad,” he told the Drumline actor. “And there’s so many fathers that, you know, they have jobs where their whole point in life is to take care of their family. When you’re supposed to provide only one service, like, ‘We need your new album!’ to be able to just go and provide for your kids but be able to set a tone of morality, a tone of spirituality.”
He added: “I feel closer to God when I’m on my knees talking to my children. The lower we get, the closer we get to God. We are earth-bound creatures. We’re gravity-bound.”
During a candid chat about abortion and Planned Parenthood, West explained how the name of his presidential candidate banner, the Birthday Party, came about. “When I came up with the name of my party, the Birthday Party, it was funny,” the Grammy winner said. “It was just crazy, it was Yazy. I was like, ‘that’s it!'”
The Birthday Party, which has a message of “dealing with life and pro-life,” was inspired by West’s belief in God as well. “I can only give God the glory because of the connection point to the Birthday Party is dealing with life and pro-life,” he continued. “Because these are kids that are now gonna get a chance to have birthdays.”
Amid his run for president, West has also been vocal about protecting himself, which he addressed with Cannon. “I should have a [bulletproof] vest on right now, like, I always knew I was going to wear a vest as part of my campaign,” the artist explained, referencing the protection he wore to speak on the campaign trail.
West is confident that it was God’s plan for him to interrupt the “Lover” singer mid-acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Looking back, the “Jesus Walks” crooner says it was bound to happen by divine intervention.
“If God didn’t want me to run on stage and say, ‘Beyoncé had the best video,’ he wouldn’t have sat me in the front row,” West explained. “I would’ve been sitting in the back. He wouldn’t have made it the first award. And [He] wouldn’t have made it so ridiculous of an idea ’cause I had never heard of this person before that night.”
West stands firmly on his vote for Beyoncé to win Best Female Video, adding, “And ‘Single Ladies’ is like one of the greatest videos of all time … And I was only drinking Hennessy because I didn’t want to go to the awards show ’cause it was a set-up!”