Presidential hopeful Kanye West shared a secret with his audience during a campaign speech in Charleston, South Carolina, tearfully revealing that he and his wife, Kim Kardashian, had considered aborting their first-born daughter.
The 43-year-old rapper claimed that their daughter North West, now 7, was saved when Kanye received a “message from God.”
Sporting a bulletproof vest and the “2020” shaved into his hair at the July 19 rally, West explained that he was still living the “rapper’s lifestyle” when then-girlfriend Kim revealed that she was pregnant in 2013.
“She called me screaming, crying,” he said, as quoted by Right to Life. “For one month, and two months, and three months, we talked about her not having this child. She had the [abortion] pills in her hand.”
Kanye then recalled working on his laptop in Paris when a divine message arrived.
“My screen went black and white and God said, ‘If you f*** with my vision, I f*** with yours,’” the rapper shared. He called Kim and told her that they were going to proceed with the pregnancy together.
The rapper acknowledged the potential backlash from his frank public admission to the gathered crowd. “Even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into this world when I did not want to,” he said, before breaking down in tears.
“She had the pills in her hand,” he added. “I almost killed my daughter!”
Kim appeared to endorse her husband’s presidential bid when she retweeted his July 4 announcement. But according to a source close to the family, Kim was furious to learn that Kanye had spoken of their daughter at his campaign rally for fear that North would read the comments one day.
“Kim is shocked that Kanye spoke about North at the rally,” the source told People. “She is furious that he shared something so private.”
Kim, who shares four children with Kanye, North, 7; Saint, 4; Chicago, 2; and Psalm, 14 months, “loves her kids tremendously and wants to protect them,” said the source.
Before leaving the speech, Kanye offered yet another revelation from the West family archives: his father had wanted to abort him, he said, but his mother saved his life.
“My dad wanted to abort me. My mom saved my life,” he shouted through tears, as quoted by Right to Life. “There would have been no Kanye West because my dad was too busy.”
Kanye devoted a sizeable portion of the rally to sharing his pro-life, Christian platform, adding that he believed women should be given money by the government as an incentive to bear children. “Everybody who has a baby gets a million dollars or something,” he suggested. “No more Plan B … Plan A.”
After Kanye first announced his bid to run in the 2020 presidential election, a source told People that the rapper had suffered both manic and depressive episodes related to bipolar disorder in the past. “Right now, he is struggling again,” they said.
“Kim is concerned, as well as her whole family,” the source added. “The episodes usually last for a few weeks and then things go back to normal; Kim hopes it will be the same this time.”
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