The artist formerly known as Kanye West is mad as hell and isn't going to take it anymore. The rapper and fashion mogul has taken to Instagram to air his beef with ex-wife Kim Kardashian about their daughter North West using TikTok.
Early on Friday morning the "Jesus Walks" rapper posted a screencap of one of North's TikTok videos on his official IG, and captioned it, "SINCE THIS IS MY FIRST DIVORCE I NEED TO KNOW WHAT I SHOULD DO ABOUT MY DAUGHTER BEING PUT ON TIK TOK AGAINST MY WILL ?"
It didn't take long for the 'gram posed as a question to go viral. At press time, it has amassed over half a million likes in just 60 minutes.
The TikTok account he is referencing is named @KimAndNorth, where both mother and daughter post short, peppy videos set to music. It has over 5.5 million followers, and the account description explicitly says, "Managed by an adult." North is 8 years old. Kim and Kanye also share son Saint, 6, daughter Chicago, 3 1/2, and son Psalm, 2 1/2.
'Ye has previously expressed his disdain at his daughter's use of TikTok, and his ex partner Kim for allowing it. During an interview with Jason Lee for the Hollywood Unlocked platform, the "Gold Digger" rapper said, "Security ain't going to be in between me and my children, and my children ain't going to be on TikTok without my permission."
He went on, "Tell her don’t have my daughter wearing lipstick on TikTok and don’t have her on TikTok at all if I don’t approve that, and I said it after it was done without me knowing and it happened again.”
“So I feel like there’s some poking the bear, trying to antagonize me or create this, like, ‘crazy’ narrative. Because to say someone is crazy, they’re trying to take the power away and do anything to get people to not pay attention to me.”
A couple hours after 'Ye's post hit the webs, Kim took to her Instagram Stories to post a scathing rebuttal that focuses solely on how her ex's public outbursts have hurt her family.
"Kanye's constant attacks on me in interviews and on social media is actually more hurtful than any TikTok North might create," she began in the long written statement.
"As the parent who is the main provider and caregiver for our children, I am doing my best to protect our daughter while also allowing her to express her creativity in the medium that she wishes with adult supervision - because it brings her happiness."
She continued, "Divorce is difficult enough on our children and Kanye's obsession with trying to control and manipulate our situation so negatively and publicly is only causing further pain for all. From the beginning I have wanted nothing but a healthy and supportive co-parenting relationship because it is what is best for our children and it saddens me that Kanye continues to make it impossible every step of the way."
She ended her statement by pointing out that 'Ye has had a hard time retaining an attorney for their divorce, but that he should in her opinion release all statements through that representation. "I wish to handle all matters regarding our children privately and hopefully he can finally respond to the third attorney he has had in the last year to resolve any issues amicably."
'Ye's Insta has sparked a furious debate on social media, with some agreeing with the "Stronger" rapper's position, while others are finding his methods to be a bit questionable and suspect.
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