Kanye West apologized for “any stress” he recently caused ex-wife Kim Kardashian over raising their four children in a sit-down interview with Good morning America Thursday morning (Sept. 22). The chat also touched on his still bubbling White House ambitions, his controversial Donda Academy “gospel school” and the end of his deal with The Gap.
“This is the mother of my children, and I apologize for any stress I’ve caused, even in my frustration, because God is calling me to be stronger,” West (who now goes by Ye) said of his recent comments about children North. , Saint, Chicago and Psalm. “I need this person to be less stressed and of the best, sound mind and as calm as possible to be able to raise these children at the end of the day.”
Ye said that as a father and a Christian, he has the right to weigh in on what his children wear, see and eat. “I have a platform where I can say what so many fathers can’t say out loud,” he told interviewer Linsey Davis; more of the interview will be shown ABC News at 19 ET tonight, as well as on Nightline and A Conversation With You: Linsey Davis Reportinga half-hour special on ABC News Live, set to air at 8:30 p.m. ET Thursday.
West recently revealed that he does not read any books, comparing the act to “eating Brussels sprouts,” this despite running a “gospel school” in Simi Valley, California. The private academy named after West’s late mother, an English professor, is mostly shrouded in secrecy when it comes to what goes on behind its doors; parents are reportedly required to sign some sort of non-disclosure agreement before enrolling their children. Although reading is not mentioned, the school’s site says it places one strong weight on writing as part of a daily schedule beginning with a “full school service”, followed by language arts, maths and science, lunch/recess and enrichment classes including world languages, visual arts, film, choir and parkour.
You told GMA that he “absolutely” wants his children to attend the school – which was originally called “Yeezy Christian Academy” – and stated that their education is a two-person decision. “I’m their father. It has to be co-parenting. It’s not just the woman’s job. Just like men have a choice too. Men’s voices matter,” he said. The rapper said the school, which is reportedly in its third year of operation, gives its 82 enrolled students “practical tools that they need in a post-iPhone world… So many schools are made to set children up for industries that don’t matter anymore.”
West said the academy focuses on “practical skills,” including engineering, computer programming and agriculture, with educators focusing on specific lessons that he claims could “actually turn your kids into, like, geniuses.” He also boasted that if your kids are really brilliant, “they’re three grades ahead.”
The interview — West’s first time speaking to a major news network on camera since Kardashian filed for divorce in February. 2021 – also found Davis asking Ye if social media has done more help than harm to his reputation. “That is it one of my favorite questions of this interview,” Ye said. “We could use a car to rush someone to the hospital, or we could use a car and accidentally hit someone while rushing someone to the hospital. It’s all in how we use it.”
After an erratic 2020 presidential election in which he loaned $6.8 million to his presidential committee and received just 60,000 votes, West said he “absolutely” plans to give the White House another shot at some point. “That time was not in God’s time,” he said of the third-party bid that drew far more headlines than votes.
The interview also touched on West’s decision to terminate his partnership with The Gap after his lawyers claimed the retail chain breached their agreement to open Yeezy Gap brick-and-mortar stores. Now, Ye said, he plans to open his own fashion chain called “YZY.”
“The whole thing was kind of overriding the voice of something that I helped create. I helped create the product at Adidas. I helped create the product at Gap,” Ye said. “It means I was there for a specific agenda, not for Yeezy Gap to be all that it could be or this dream I had of what Gap could be,” he said. “It’s time for me to do my own thing.”
After his recent public battles with Gap and another brand partner, Adidas, Ye said he would become far more involved in day-to-day decisions. “We had to level up,” Ye said. “Really show them 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, I get the crowd to say, ‘Hey, put this on, do this,’ but you know, just learn financial engineering. Learn how to – learn how to really run a business.”
See parts of the interview below.