There’s no doubt how powerfully charged Kanye West’s performances are. But did we know Yeezus could also be so emotionally overwhelmed?
West burst into tears during a BBC interview with Zane Lowe this week. The emotional moment came when the rapper was talking about his friendship with Louise Wilson, West’s fashion mentor, who passed away last year.
Thoughtfully, West explained about his last meeting with her, “Last time I saw her, we had dinner at Hakkasan, which is my favorite restaurant in London. And I think she knew that she was going to pass.” He continued, “And she just wanted to give me some words of advice moving forward, and she was asking me about my daughter, asked me about my wife...and she said, you know, 'So many students, they don't give it their all, and the problem is, soon as they do anything halfway good when they're 2 years old, 3 years old, their parents clap.'"
Becoming a little emotional West added, “I didn’t know we were going to lose her…and she told me, she said, you know, ‘Thank you for the times where I came to performances and this has like really meant a lot to me, with…’”
He then trailed off into quiet sobs, hiding his face with his hands and took a moment to pull himself together.
Louise Wilson was a professor at Central Saint Martin’s College of Arts and Design. She trained numerous top British fashion designers including Alexander McQueen, Christopher Kane and Stella McCartney.
Kanye described how awesome a mentor she was, “Louise Wilson was the baddest professor of all time, of any fashion school, ever,” he said.
The 45-minute interview with Lowe opened up West’s softer side. When the rapper regained his composure, he confessed that this had never happened to him before in any interview and admitted that it was ‘’kinda hard” for him.