He’s not afraid to share his truth. Kanye West left no stone unturned during his candid interview with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1, which was released on Thursday, October 24. The “Famous” rapper even discussed his fascination with porn, revealing his interest in the magazine Playboy turned into a “full blown addiction” at one point.
“My dad had a Playboy left out at age 5 and it’s effected almost every choice I made for the rest of my life, from age 5, to now having to kick the habit,” Kanye, 42, said. “And it just presents itself in the open, like it’s OK. And I standup and say, you know, it’s not OK.”
The chart-topping lyricist said that he ultimately turned to his faith to overcome his vice. “With God, I’ve been able to beat things that had a full control of me,” Kanye shared, noting how a major heartbreak in his life also impacted his decisions.
“My mom had passed a year before, and I had said, ‘Some people drown themselves in drugs. And I drown myself in my addiction.’ Sex. And that’s what fed the ego, too. Money, clothes, cars, accolades, social media, paparazzi photos, going to Paris fashion week, all of that,” the rapper explained about the glitz and glamour he was infatuated with.
Kanye even addressed how he believes that social media can be just as consuming and detrimental as cigarettes, while elaborating about how it’s addicting. “Social media makes me suffer. I suffer from that and by me saying this out loud, I’m sure that there’s other married men that suffer in a similar way that are happy to hear me say I’m suffering,” he admitted. “Because social media prompts women in particular, to put out content that they wouldn’t have put out in the past.”
The Yeezy designer also opened up about his family life, revealing that he tries hard to balance his busy schedule so he can be a great parent to his kids and husband to his wife, Kim Kardashian. “I have to protect and take care of my family and make sure, with the power that God has put in my hands, that I do everything that I can as the father to provide the best chance at them being the maximum success that they can be,” he said.
While talking about his loved ones, Kanye concluded by revealing what he’s learned after being in a “successful celebrity marriage” for five years. He gushed, “It is the greatest bond, it is a God bond to be able to have someone that you can call on, someone you can call out, someone that can call on you and call you out.”
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