Kanye West has made an astonishing claim that ‘God’ told him to interrupt Taylor Swift at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009.
The billionaire rapper, 43, ran on stage at the music awards ceremony to interrupt Taylor while she was accepting the award for Best Female Video for her song ‘You Belong With Me’ because he believed Beyoncé deserved to win the honour instead. The singer was just 19 at the time.
He said at the time: ‘Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!’
Speaking to Nick Cannon, 39, for an episode of his ‘Cannon’s Class’ podcast, West said his actions which sparked a lengthy feud between himself and Taylor, 30, were the result of a ‘higher power giving [him] the information’.
He said: ‘Right now, God is giving me the information … If God ain’t want me to run on stage and say Beyoncé had the best video, he wouldn’t have sat me in the front row. I would’ve been sitting in the back. It wouldn’t have made it so ridiculous of an idea because I had never heard of this person before, and Single Ladies is, like, one of the greatest videos of all time. And I was only drinking Hennessy because I didn’t want to go to the awards show because it was a set-up.’
The rapper who plans to run for President of the United States in this year’s election, also disclosed that he started reading the bible after his hospitalization in 2016 for psychiatric observation and treatment of temporary psychosis.
West added: ‘God brought me to my knees multiple times. The first time that I was put into the hospital in 2016, I actually started reading the bible. That was part of what God hit me with. You know, God has a calling on all of us and he uses us in different ways.’