Ye talks about co-parenting with Kim Kardashian, fatherhood, Donda Academy and more

thou said he has “new respect” for his ex-wife Kim Kardashian and felt grief for causing stress in the relationship since Kardashian filed for divorce in February 2021.

“This is the mother of my children, and I apologize for all the stress I’ve caused, even in my frustration, because God is calling me to be stronger,” said Ye, the artist and entrepreneur formerly known as Kanye West, in a statement. exclusive morning interview that aired Thursday on “Good Morning America”. “I need this person to be less stressed and of the best, sound mind and as calm as possible to raise those kids at the end of the day.”

In a lengthy interview about Donda Academy, a school he started in California, Ye repeatedly revisited his celebrity responsibility and his insistence on having a say in the future of the four children he fathered with the global star. on social media and reality TV.

“As a father and as a Christian. And I have a right to have a say in what my children wear, what they look at and what they eat,” he said. “I have a platform where I can say what so many dads can’t say out loud.”

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Relationship with his children

Ye said he “definitely” wants his children to attend Donda Academy, “a gospel school” he founded, named after Donda West, his late mother who was chair of the Department of English, Communications, Media Arts, and Theater at Chicago. State University on the south side of Chicago. . She died in 2007.

“I’m their father. It has to be co-parenting. It’s not just up to the woman. Men also have a choice. Men’s voices are important,” he said.

The private school, which Ye said was originally called the Yeezy Christian Academy, is located in Simi Valley, California. According to the school websiteThe 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 they need in a post-iPhone world.” He said the school is in its third year and has enrolled 82 students.

“So many schools have been created to educate kids for industries that don’t even matter anymore,” he said, noting that the school’s focus areas are “practical skills,” such as engineering, computer programming and agriculture. He added that the school has teachers who focus on specific areas and can “make your kids really geniuses.”

“And if your kids are geniuses…they’re three years ahead,” he added.

Ye told ABC News that he hired a female basketball coach to develop the skills of north, his 9-year-old daughter. He also helps North coach “every morning,” he said. The effort, Ye added, produced dramatic results. “She trained every day and I really stayed with her. And when she came back, she had the confidence,” he said.

Leaving the Gorge

Ye, who founded the fashion brand Yeezy, also spoke the dissolution of his partnership with the Gap. Last week, Ye de Gap sent a letter ending the 10-year partnership, saying the clothing retailer had breached its contract to sell its Yeezy Gap clothing line. Ye said he plans to open his own line of stores, simply called YZY.

Mark Breitbard, president and CEO of the Gap brand, said the company and West “are not aligned” in how they work together, according to a memo sent to employees and reviewed by the Wall Street Journal. “Simply put…while we share a vision, the way we work together to realize this vision is not aligned,” Breitbard wrote, according to the Journal.

It was a kind of disregard for the voice of something I co-created.

In addition to criticizing the Gap, Ye has also recently criticized Adidas, a retailer that carries its clothes. Ye has been working with the athletic brand since their partnership was announced in 2016, but lashed out at Adidas when the brand released its Adilette 22 sandals, which resemble Ye’s Yeezy flip flops. Ye called their shoes “a fake Yeezy.”

“It was kind of a disregard for the voice of something I co-created. I co-created the product at Adidas. I co-created the product at Gap,” Ye said.

“That means I was there for a specific agenda, not for Yeezy Gap to be everything it could be, or this dream I had about what the Gap could be,” he said. “It’s time I started making my own thing.”

Adidas Chief Executive Kasper Rorsted said in August that West was likely the company’s most important partner, according to the Wall Street Journal. Adidas is trying to find a way to continue the collaboration, the newspaper reported.

Since his ongoing battle with Adidas, Ye said he is determined to learn more about what goes on behind the scenes of his brand.

“We had to level up,” Ye said. “Really show them who’s the new boss in town, that I’m in charge of myself. I’m no longer just the guy riding atop the polo horse. I’m not just a mascot in the middle of the games, the crowd “Get excited and say, ‘Hey, wear this, do this,’ but you know, just learn financial engineering. Learn how – learn how to really run a business.”

Ye added that he plans to continue with a fashion show on October 3 in Paris, which was initially planned in conjunction with the Gap. He secured himself a new producer for the event via Instagram.

Today, YZY Gap, designed by Balenciaga, announced a new line of outerwear and knitwear, which will be available online. YZY Gap, developed by Balenciaga, also announced that YZY Gap will be available for the first time in stores outside the US at Gap’s flagship stores in Tokyo and Shanghai.

Possibly another presidential run

In November 2020, Ye admitted that he was running for president. He had borrowed $6.8 million to his 2020 presidential commission, which essentially self-funded his campaign during the first month and a half of its run, according to a disclosure request from the Federal Election Commission.

Ye said he “definitely” plans to run for president again, but has not specified when.

“That time was not in God’s time,” he said.

Ye said he is often misunderstood for his determination for his Christian faith, prompting him to perform “Sunday Service” with a gospel choir in various locations across the US. He said he is a “radical” because he wants to promote “the idea of ​​family, the idea of ​​God, the idea of ​​protecting your children’s innocence for as long as possible.”

“When you remove the love and fear of God, you open the love and fear to everything else. And it’s easier to have sheep when people don’t have God. It’s easier to control the people when people don’t have God Because then they can be controlled by how many likes they have or whatever happens on their TikTok or how much money or the perception people have,” he said.

“But we only have one audience here and that audience is God. And He’s always watching us,” Ye said. “He’s got my back.”

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