Kanye West Confirms He Has Converted to Christianity Ahead of New Album Release

October 14, 2019 Updated: October 14, 2019

Rapper Kanye West confirmed on Saturday night that he has converted to Christianity, according to TMZ.

The 42-year-old hitmaker announced the news during a surprise appearance at Howard University in Washington D.C., where he held a listening party for his highly-anticipated new album, “Jesus Is King.”

In video footage obtained by the publication, West can be seen receiving a round of applause from the crowd as he reveals he is a recent convert.

Taking a moment in between songs to address the audience, he appears to discuss a line in a Jay-Z song, saying, “Forced into sports or entertainment.”

He then goes on to explain: “I want to let you know that I am not here for your entertainment this afternoon. We are here to spread the gospel.”

West continues: “Excuse me if I mispronounce anything, I am a recent convert. It means I recently got saved within this year.”

The news may come as no surprise to many of West’s fans who will be well aware of his highly-private Sunday Service worship, which he has been holding for more than a year.

Photos and videos of the services posted on social media and published in People show A-list celebrities such as Sia, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and actor Brad Pitt attending.

However, this is the first time that the Grammy Award-winning musician has confirmed his conversion to Christianity, following months of speculation.

West’s announcement comes shortly after he and his wife Kim Kardashian had their children North, Saint and Chicago baptized in Armenia, which the pair documented on Instagram.

Despite the buzz surrounding his new album, West is yet to confirm a release date after it was initially set to drop on Sept. 27.

Even before its release, the star has faced backlash from members of the Christian community, who have questioned his new-found religion.

Speaking to the New York Post, 68-year-old Christian Charlene Kaleina said Christianity is constantly mocked “because of the strange and weird behavior of people like this.”

She added that West “may be trying to understand Jesus in his own limited way and we cannot judge,” but “people who follow Christ sense something is not right with this scene.”

Others have taken to Twitter to share their thoughts, with several users claiming that the title of the upcoming album, “Jesus Is King,” is blasphemous.

This isn’t the first time West has caused controversy within the Christian community. His 2018 album “Yeezus” also sparked outrage among fans and included songs such as, “I Am A God.”

According to XXL Mag, fans will be able to listen to the rapper’s latest offering on Oct. 25, however, this is yet to be confirmed by West.