Kanye West gushes about being 'so close' to his children and wanting to remain 'the best father' following his split from ex Kim Kardashian
While navigating the end of his nearly seven-year marriage, the 44-year-old performer opened up prioritizing family time and pushing himself to be the 'best father.'
'My solace comes from seeing my kids and getting a solid schedule,' the Gold Digger rapper said on Monday's episode of Hollywood Unlocked.
Doting dad: Kanye West gushed he is 'so close' to his four kids North, eight, Saint, five, Chicago, four and Psalm, two, since splitting with Kim Kardashian; seen in 2020
He continued: 'That's why I even got the house… Nothing with my career, with this rap, with this media, with none of that [is] gonna keep me from my children.'
Speaking of his decision to purchase a mansion across the street from his estranged wife, West raved his little ones are 'literally going to be in walking distance' from him, at all times.
Elsewhere in the interview, West let the Kardashians know that nothing would come between him and his youngsters as he sat down with Jason Lee.
Co-parenting: While navigating the end of his nearly seven-year marriage, the 44-year-old performer opened up prioritizing family time and pushing himself to be the 'best father'
The 22-time Grammy winner sent a warning to the famous family about his kids — following a bizarre security issue where he confided in social media that he almost missed Chicago's birthday party two weeks ago.
Lee suggested there shouldn't be any drama when it comes to co-parenting, but Kanye, who legally changed his name to Ye, cautioned the reality stars instead - before slamming Kim for 'making jokes' on SNL about their split.
He said of the media savvy family's expectations: '...And to participate without no noise,' he said. 'Cause they can go on SNL and make jokes. They can make jokes in the media. They can plant stories about whoever I'm dating whatever they want to do. They can block deals they could do all that type of stuff.'
Fighting words: Elsewhere in the interview, West let the Kardashians know that nothing would come between him and his kids as he sat down with Jason Lee
He added: 'But I'mma tell you straight up, don't play with my kids.
'Don't play with my kids. Whoever y'all work for, whoever y'all think the family is working for, I'm telling you right now, don't play with my children. And it's going to be all legal. It's going to be all legal, baby.'
During Kim's SNL appearance, she said, to Kanye's ire: 'I've been very blessed in this life, and I'm grateful for everything, honestly, all the ups, all the downs. I mean, I married the best rapper of all time. Not only that, he's the richest Black man in America, a talented, legit genius, who gave me four incredible kids.'
Family: Kanye has four children with estranged wife Kim Kardashian —North, eight, Saint, five, Chicago, four, and Psalm, two
She continued: 'So when I divorced him, you have to know it came down to just one thing: his personality. I know it sounds mean, but people keep telling me that comedy comes from truth. And if there's one thing that I always strive to be, it's genuine.'
The Power rapper noted that he would remain calm and wouldn't allow anyone to manipulate his story - before adding the family were trying to 'antagonise him' over the children.
'You ain't finna gaslight me, it's going to be calm like this,' he said. 'But that's not what we finna play.'
'And to participate without no noise,' he said. 'Cause they can go on SNL and make jokes. They can make jokes in the media. They can plant stories about whoever I'm dating whatever they want to do. They can block deals they could do all that type of stuff.'
'Don't play with my kids. Whoever y'all work for, whoever y'all think the family is working for, I'm telling you right now, don't play with my children. And it's going to be all legal. It's going to be all legal, baby'
He also seemed particularly upset about how Kim's security allegedly won't let him see their kids.
'So it's 3 a.m., I just got off the phone with my cousins who I had directed to sit down and meet with Kim because earlier this week when I went to go pick my kids up from school, the security stopped me at the gate,' he revealed.
'So, at that point the security was between me and my children and that was what was not gonna happen,' he stated.
Upset: Ye was particularly upset about how Kim's security won't let him see their kids. 'So it's 3 a.m., I just got off the phone with my cousins who I had directed to sit down and meet with Kim because earlier this week when I went to go pick my kids up from school, the security stopped me at the gate'
The issue came to a head when North asked Kanye to come inside and he was once again stopped by security.
'I'm driving them as I bring them back and North is like 'I want you to come upstairs and see something' and it's like 'oh, daddy can't come inside', but that hadn't been defined,' he said.
'And I'm hearing the new boyfriend [Pete Davidson] is actually in the house that I can't even go to and that's where I call my cousins,' he stated.
Issues: Everything came to a head when North asked Kanye to come inside and he was once again stopped by security. 'I'm hearing the new boyfriend [Pete Davidson] is actually in the house that I can't even go to and that's where I call my cousins'
Jibe: Kim made a joke about her split on SNL in October (pictured) - leaving Kanye fuming
'So then my cousins pull up and she's talking to me. I say, 'Give me a breather. Get away from me.' She's not taking accountability for the fact that she didn't do what she was supposed to do and that added to me being in a mood where I was like 'I'm not gonna have it,'' he said.
Kanye seemed to pout about not being 'allowed to know' the location of Chicago's birthday party earlier in the month in a video shared on social media, only to show up at the event later on thanks to Kylie Jenner's boyfriend for stepping in and helping out.
'I just gotta shout out to Travis Scott for sending me the address and the time and making sure that I was able to spend that birthday memory with my daughter and to be there with the rest of the family,' he said.
Friends: Jason, who previously starred on Love & Hip Hop, shared a snap from their interview to his Instagram
Kanye added that it was Kylie who let him onto the property after security guards tried to stop him from entering.
Although Kanye was in a better mood after making it to the party, a source told The Sun that things were so tense that they had to stay at 'opposite sides' of the party.
'When he finally got the address he arrived like a bat out of hell in a rental car around 1 p.m., driving himself without any security,' they shared. 'He seemed okay once he started talking to the family and was in great spirits laughing and playing with Chicago, it seems he just wanted to be involved in her day and didn't want to cause trouble.'
The rapper and the shapewear mogul had 'no scene' during the party, and barely had any interactions.
Rough weekend: On Saturday, Kanye complained in a video from his car that he wasn't 'allowed to know' the location of his daughter Chicago's birthday party, though he eventually made it
'There was no scene between him and Kim but they did spend most of the afternoon at other ends of the garden. He chatted with Kris and some other family members but there was no deep discussion with Kim yet.'
Kim filed for divorce from Kanye in February 2021 after nearly seven years of marriage, and filed a motion in December to legally terminate her marital status and be declared single.
In a statement signed on Nov. 24 by Kim and filed weeks later, she wrote: 'Irreconcilable differences have existed and continue to exist between (Ye) and me, which have caused our marriage to irretrievably break down. No counseling or reconciliation effort will be of any value at this time.'
Kim has since moved on to date Pete Davidson, while Kanye dated Irina Shayk for a few months before recently moving on with Uncut Gems actress Julia Fox.
During the interview Kanye also named Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith as an example of what he doesn't want in his relationship with his ex wife.
'We're not going for a Will and Jada because everybody got problems on both sides,' the rapper said.
This comes as Kanye's new album 'DONDA 2' is set to be released earlier than expected.
The rapper released the chart-topping album 'DONDA' late last year and the follow-up will be released 'sooner than you think', along with the upcoming record by Kanye's fellow rapper Pusha T.
Moving on: Kim has since moved on to date Pete Davidson (pictured left)
New love: Kanye is now in a new romance with actress Julia Fox (pictured this week at Paris Fashion Week)
Steven Victor, head of A&R at Def Jam Recordings said: 'The Pusha album is coming sooner than you think. And we're dropping back to back to back. You know when the President comes to town and they have the procession and all that, and the trucks, and it feels never-ending?
'That's how we're coming this year. Tonight, we're leaving here and going to the studio. We're working on 'Donda 2 'and we're putting the finishing touches on Pusha's album. ['Donda 2'] coming sooner than you think too. The procession is starting and it's not stopping.'
The music mogul - who is also collaborating with fashion designer NIGO who makes his musical comeback after two decades with an album featuring the likes of Ye, Pusha T and Pharrell Williams - went on to explain the importance of 'listening' to his clients.
He told Complex: ' I think that you have to really just listen to all of the artists. Because there are so many artists on the project, everyone is coming together for NIGO, so I think you have to take everyone's opinions into consideration and make sure that it all lines up.
'It's like a painting, so everything has to be perfect. You have to consider everyone's opinions and add that as an ingredient. Once everyone's perspective is being heard, we can come together to make sure it works.'
Still made it: He was later seen chatting with Kris Jenner at the party. Kanye revealed that he only got there because Travis Scott told him the time and address