Three months after his headline-making TMZ interview in which he claimed that “slavery was a choice,” Kanye West is finally apologizing to the Black community.
He took listeners of Chicago’s WGCI 107.5 FM by surprise with his Wednesday morning interview, which at times became tearful.
“I’m sorry for the one-two of the MAGA hat into the slavery comment,” he said, referring to the time he wore a “Make America Great Again” hat in support of Donald Trump. “And I’m sorry for people who felt let down by that moment.”
West also took the time to specifically thank the Black community for being a mirror to him at that moment.
“And also, I appreciate you guys giving me the opportunity to talk to you about the way I was thinking,” he said. “I just appreciate you guys holding onto me as a family.”
The 41-year-old father of three added that he’s “never really approached or addressed the slavery comment fully. It’s not something for me to overly intellectualize, because this ain’t nothing to be smart about. This is about the fact that it hurts people’s feelings, and the way I presented that information.”
The “Ghost Town” rapper also nodded to his bipolar diagnosis to explain his May outburst on TMZ in which he said the slavery comments.
“I’m not blaming mental health, I’m just explaining mental health,” he clarified. “If you deal with someone that’s bipolar, that’s ramped up…They might say something that’s their truth, that’s how they feel, in a way that’s not going to make you feel comfortable.”
During his wide-ranging interview, West promised that he’s now a changed man.