West is trying to defend his actions, especially after several confrontations with the paparazzi.
“I’m not a shark. I’m a blowfish…,” he tells the mag. “People have me pinned as a shark or a predator in some way, and in no way am I that. I wouldn’t want to hurt anyone. I want to defend people. I want to help people.”
On May 24, the rapper married the woman of his dreams in an idyllic setting and he is still very proud.
“I am a black American male from Chicago who had my rehearsal dinner at Versailles and then got married in Florence with a view of the entire city,” he boasts.
The 37-year-old also subtly mentioned the absence of Beyoncé and Jay-Z at his wedding ceremony.
“It doesn’t even matter to me whatsoever, who would show up. Because the most important person to show up there, to me, was Kim. And that’s all that matters to me,” he says. “I had to fight for that for seven years. But the fact that these other people showed up that are from such different worlds but have done such dynamic things—they’re all, in a way, equal to what Kim has done in TV or what I had done in music. I was so moved that I just wanted people to stop and think they weren’t sitting at a table full of fashion people, they weren’t sitting at a table full of celebrities, they weren’t sitting at a table full of movie directors. It really was a representation of the way we receive information today, post-internet.”
He even has an answer for those who believe all those guests actually came to the wedding because of him.
“My point is, they were all at her wedding…When an Instagram photo gets 2.3 million likes…That’s because of who?” he argues.
“It’s because of Kim. Meaning there’s no photo that I would have put up by myself, or next to one of my smarty friends, that would have got that amount of likes. So now you take this photo that has that amount of likes, and it has a flower wall from the same guy who does the Lanvin shows, and it has a couture Givenchy dress and Givenchy tuxedo in it. That’s the point. Now the thing that is the most popular is also communicating the highest level of creativity.”
West seems to be discovering the joys of marriage and even says he learned a lot from his wife.
“It’s interesting, as I’m delving into being married: Like, what is my verbal creative communication? That’s another thing I really like about clothing and film—you could still communicate with a film, because it’s not you,” he tells GQ. “But when you’re a reality star or a rapper, you are the film.”
“One of the reasons why I think that me and Kim are very powerful together isn’t just the concept of celebrity or this mega rap star and this mega-beautiful pop star. It’s something I explain to my girl: She is who she is. I am who I am. We have advisers and friends and everything, but those people are who they are and we are who we are,” he says. “And what I had to learn from Kim is how to take more of her advice and less of other people’s advice. There’s a lot of Kim K skills that were added. In order to win at life, you need some Kim K skills, period.”
As for why he decided to get married, he says: “Like they said in Step Brothers: Never lose your dinosaur. This is the ultimate example of a person never losing his dinosaur. Meaning that even as I grew in cultural awareness and respect and was put higher in the class system in some way for being this musician, I never lost my dinosaur.”
“Kim is this girl who f–king turns me on. I love her. This is who I want to be next to and be around. And then people would try to say, ‘Well, you know, if you’re a musician, you should be with a musician, and if you want to design, you need to be with a girl from the design world.’ I don’t give a f–k about people’s opinions,” he explains. “Because when a kid falls in love with an airplane or a bike or a dinosaur—especially if you’re an only child and it’s not because of the book that the sibling was reading—it’s like, f–k, you mean to tell me that the dinosaurs walked the earth and stuff like that?! That’s amazing! You mean to tell me that these giant multi-ton crafts can fly that fast and that loud, and they can flip, and there’s danger, the possibility of them exploding? That’s f–king cool! You mean to tell me that this girl with this f–king body and this face is also into style, and she’s a nice person, and she has her own money and is family-oriented? That’s just as cool as a f–king fighter jet or dinosaur! And just as rarely seen.”
“I feel like you’re stronger as a team,” he adds. “Because when you know you have a team player, it’s not one on the world anymore. At least it’s two on the world.”