Kanye West has revealed that the primary motivator behind his stopping taking his medication is the fact that he is constantly harangued by the paparazzi. Considering his whirlwind end to 2022, West has been somewhat quiet in recent weeks.
However, recently, the rapper made a claim after an altercation with a cameraman. Ye had been visiting a tanning shop in Los Angeles with Bianca Censori, his new wife and Yeezy architect when he spotted a paparazzo taking pictures of them both.
West went over to the man and told him to stop recording him and Censori as he found it “antagonistic”. The cameraman tried to persuade Ye to just get “one shot”, but West told him, “No, you got the shot, but I’m saying…You don’t even know! You just jump up on people like this.”
Then he appeared to speak to the cameraman in all earnestness, saying, “Do you know the first time I ever took medication, why it was? Because I got mad at paparazzi. You know which paparazzi it was? The same one that shot Britney [Spears]. My dad did photography for newspapers. It has to be some kind of balance, some kind of conversation. I can’t live in California in my life like I’m some type of caged animal to be judged in front of glass.”
West started to drill the point home about his hatred for the paparazzi and the way they influence his life. “The media doesn’t have a right to like, boom, pop up. We ain’t have no idea. And then I have no say-so over the shot,” he said.
“Y’all find where we’re at, y’all take this photo — what percentage of the money do we get off of the photos? None of them. For years and years… I need to find out all the information on how it actually works so if I just want to go and drive around and not have to worry about paparazzi, I do it.”