Kanye West Thought Kim Kardashian Would Divorce Him Over His Slavery Comments

Kanye West has been known to make many controversial comments over the years. However, one comment in particular left him thinking his marriage to Kim Kardashian could be jeopardized.

You may recall that in May 2018, West implied in a TMZ Live appearance that slavery was a “choice.” According to People, he claimed, “You hear about slavery for 400 years. For 400 years?! That sounds like a choice.” West added, “You were there for 400 years and it was all of y’all? It’s like we’re meant to be in prison. I like the word ‘prison’ because slavery goes too direct to the idea of blacks … Prison is something that unites us as one race.”

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian | Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

One month later, West sat down with The New York Times for an interview to explain his controversial comments. “I learned so much.” He claimed, “I learned about the context of the idea of the word slave. I didn’t take it in that context.”

Trying to go back on his words, West clarified, “I said the idea of sitting in something for 400 years sounds — sounds — like a choice to me, I never said it’s a choice. I never said slavery itself — like being shackled in chains — was a choice.”

“I feel stupid to have to say out loud that I know that being put on the boat was,” he added, “but also I’m not backing down, bro.”

He may not be backing down, but some of his regret could also be stemming from the effect his comments had on his marriage. West recalled, “There was a moment where I felt like after TMZ, maybe a week after that, I felt like the energy levels were low, and I called different family members and was asking, you know, ‘Was Kim thinking about leaving me after TMZ?’ So that was a real conversation.”

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West | PeopleStyle via Twitter

Fans likely didn’t suspect any marital issues between the couple, as Kardashian rushed to her husband’s defense on social media. His slavery comments came around the same time as his Twitter spree, in which he voiced his support for President Donald Trump.

“Now when he spoke out about Trump… Most people (including myself) have very different feelings & opinions about this,” Kardashian wrote. “But this is HIS opinion.  I believe in people being able to have their own opinions,even if really different from mine. He never said he agrees with his politics.”

A source also confirmed with E! News at the time, “Kim and Kanye have a solid relationship, even with what’s going on right now. She loves and supports her husband. Even if they have differences in views and opinions, she knows his heart.”

West even alluded to Kardashian’s reaction to his TMZ comments in a song on his new record, Ye. On the track, “Wouldn’t Leave,”  he raps, “They said, ‘Build your own,’ I said, ‘How, Sway?’ / I said, ‘Slavery a choice,’ they said, ‘How, Ye?’”

“Now I’m on fifty blogs gettin’ fifty calls,” West continues. “My wife callin’, screamin’, say, ‘We ’bout to lose it all!’ / Had to calm her down ’cause she couldn’t breathe / Told her she could leave me now / But she wouldn’t leave.”

Based on social media, it doesn’t seem like Kardashian plans on leaving any time soon. On their fourth wedding anniversary, West shared a sweet post on social media.  “Gratitude and happiness best describe what my wife means to me. I’m deeply grateful and purely happy,” he tweeted.

Kardashian also shared her own tribute to her husband on Instagram. Along with a gorgeous wedding photo, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star wrote, “4 years down and forever to go….” She continued, “Thank you babe for giving me our family and caring so much about us. Thank you for inspiring me on a daily, I’m so lucky. I can’t wait for forever… Happy Anniversary.”

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