The 41-year-old rapper sparked a fierce backlash earlier this year when he said that the 400 years of black slavery was a choice made by those enslaved. He said at the time: “When you hear about slavery for 400 years – for 400 years? That sounds like a choice.”
And now, three months on from his controversial comments, he has reached out to anyone who may have been offended by what he said. He said: “I don’t know if I properly apologized for how that slave comment made people feel, so I want to take this moment right now to say that I’m sorry for hurting. I’m sorry for the 1-2 effect of the MAGA [Make America Great Again] hat into the slave comment and I’m sorry for people who felt let down by that moment.”
The ‘Gold Digger’ hitmaker also thanked the radio station for giving him the platform to clarify what he meant, while he went on to open up about his friendship with US president Donald Trump.
Speaking to WGCI 107.5, he added: “I feel that [Trump] cares about the way black people feel about him, and he would like for black people to like him like they did when he was cool in the rap songs and all this. [Trump] will do the things that are necessary to make that happen because he’s got an ego like all the rest of us, and he wants to be the greatest president, and he knows that he can’t be the greatest president without the acceptance of the black community.”
Kanye – who has kids North, five, Saint, two, and seven-month-old Chicago – also previously revealed he feared his wife Kim Kardashian West would end their relationship following his controversial interview with TMZ, in which he made inflammatory comments about slavery back in May. He confessed: “There was a moment where I felt like after TMZ, maybe a week after that, I felt like the energy levels were low, and I called different family members and was asking, you know, ‘Was Kim thinking about leaving me after TMZ?’ So that was a real conversation.”