Kanye West is spotted picking up baby clothes at Walmart with Damon Dash after trip to the bank

Kanye West enjoyed a spot of retail therapy at a Walmart store after a trip to the bank Wednesday, as friends including Damon Dash flew in to rally around the star following his series of late-night Twitter meltdowns this week.  

Sporting newly-dyed red hair, a blue hoodie and ripped jeans, Kanye was seen with friends and two security guards heading to  local Walmart in Cody, Wyoming, after a meeting at a bank close to his Wyoming ranch where the star is said to be holing up away from wife Kim Kardashian and family. 

Kanye and Dash were pictured browsing clothes in a Walmart store before snapping up a range of kids’ clothes and bags, in what marks a departure from the designer wardrobe typically favored by the star.  

Speculation is mounting over the future of his marriage to Kim after Kanye briefly met with bankers at a First Bank in Cody, Wyoming, hours after he claimed he has been ‘trying to get divorced’ from Kim since she met fellow rapper Meek Mill at a hotel.  

His trip to the bank appeared to leave him money conscious as he headed from there to Walmart where he loaded items into his trolley from aisles promoting low prices of as little as $3.77.   

Damon Dash and Kanye West both wear face masks as they step out for a spot of retail therapy Wednesday amid the drama of the last week

A friend in need: Dash is pictured helped Kanye put on a coronavirus face mask at one point in their trip

A friend in need: Dash is pictured helped Kanye put on a coronavirus face mask at one point in their trip 

Sporting newly-dyed red hair and a blue hoodie, Kanye was seen with friends - including Dash - and security guards heading to the local Walmart after a meeting at a nearby bank

Sporting newly-dyed red hair and a blue hoodie, Kanye was seen with friends – including Dash – and security guards heading to the local Walmart after a meeting at a nearby bank

Kanye and Dash sit outside the bank for several minutes waiting to be seen in line with COVID-19 safety measures

Kanye and Dash sit outside the bank for several minutes waiting to be seen in line with COVID-19 safety measures

Kanye West enjoyed a spot of shopping at a local Walmart store in Cody, Wyoming, after a trip to the bank Wednesday

Kanye West enjoyed a spot of shopping at a local Walmart store in Cody, Wyoming, after a trip to the bank Wednesday

Kanye looks stressed at one point as he clutches his head while making a phone call during the outing Wednesday

Kanye looks stressed at one point as he clutches his head while making a phone call during the outing Wednesday 

Kanye clutches his head during a phone call after what has been an eventful week for the star where he has blasted wife Kim a 'white supremacist'

Kanye clutches his head during a phone call after what has been an eventful week for the star where he has blasted wife Kim a ‘white supremacist’

The rapper and his entourage, which other than Dash included two men, a woman and two security guards, drove to the bank from his ranch. 

Kanye then had to sit outside the bank for several minutes waiting to be seen in line with COIVID-19 safety measures.

The star appeared at ease as he chatted with Dash as they waited and seemed in equally calm spirits as he left – saying hello and shaking hands with another man.

The stress of the last week appeared to rear its head as the rapper made a phone call to an unknown person. Kanye looked stressed as he clutched his head with one hand.

At one point in the outing, Dash was seen helping Kanye put on a coronavirus face mask. 

The group then headed to Walmart where Kanye even browsed the men’s clothes section – possibly looking for inspiration for his own clothing collaboration with Gap. 

The star then left his entourage to pay and load the pickup truck with his new purchases before they headed back to the ranch.

Kanye clutched a blue piece of paper as he left the bank as speculation grows over the state of his marriage

Kanye clutched a blue piece of paper as he left the bank as speculation grows over the state of his marriage 

Kanye briefly met with bankers at a First Bank in Cody, Wyoming, hours after he claimed he has been 'trying to get divorced' from Kim since she met fellow rapper Meek Mill at a hotel

Kanye briefly met with bankers at a First Bank in Cody, Wyoming, hours after he claimed he has been ‘trying to get divorced’ from Kim since she met fellow rapper Meek Mill at a hotel

As well as Dash, Kanye was flanked with his entourage including two men, a woman and two security guards

 As well as Dash, Kanye was flanked with his entourage including two men, a woman and two security guards

Kanye was pictured with a friend outside the bank before heading for the local Walmart in Cody, Wyoming

The friend clutched two water bottles while Kanye held his phone and what appeared to be blue post-it notes in the other hand

Kanye was pictured with a friend outside the bank before heading for the local Walmart in Cody, Wyoming. The friend clutched two water bottles while Kanye held his phone and what appeared to be blue post-it notes in the other hand

Kanye sported new bright red hair for the outing near his Wyoming ranch

Kanye and entourage

Kanye sported new bright red hair for the outing near his Wyoming ranch, as friends including Damon Dash flew in to rally around the star following his series of late-night Twitter meltdowns this week

Friends have headed to the ranch this week to check in on the star after his social media ramblings

Friends have headed to the ranch this week to check in on the star after his social media ramblings

Dash is one of many friends who have paid Kanye a visit this week, as concerns for his welfare grow. 

Comedian Dave Chappelle flew to Kanye’s ranch earlier this week to check in on him, with Kanye sharing a video of the friends on social media Tuesday. 

‘THANK YOU DAVE FOR HOPPING ON A JET TO COME SEE ME DOING WELL DAVE YOU ARE A GOD SEND AND A TRUE FRIEND ALL LOVE,’ tweeted Kanye.

Sources told People several of the star’s close childhood friends from Chicago have flocked to be by his side.  

Don ‘Don C’ Crawley, who was best man at Kanye’s wedding to Kim and is an executive at his G.O.O.D. Music label, and John Monopoly, Kanye’s former manager, have also flown in to join his current manager Bu Thiam in supporting the star, the source said.

Kanye’s close network are said to be ‘very concerned’ about the rapper and are trying to get him help. 

Dash sported red shorts and a white t-shirt for the outing. He also took to social media to post a picture of the two friends at the ranch, reading 'We good'

Dash sported red shorts and a white t-shirt for the outing. He also took to social media to post a picture of the two friends at the ranch, reading ‘We good’ 

The rapper also takes a look at the men's clothing range in the aisles of the grocery store where bargain offers are promoted

The rapper also takes a look at the men’s clothing range in the aisles of the grocery store where bargain offers are promoted 

His trip to the bank appeared to leave him money conscious as he headed from there to Walmart

His trip to the bank appeared to leave him money conscious as he headed from there to Walmart

Kanye was perhaps looking for some design inspiration for his collaboration with Gap retailer. Kanye and Dash were pictured browsing clothes in a Walmart store before snapping up a range of kids' clothes and bags, in what marks a departure from the designer wardrobe typically favored by the star

Kanye was perhaps looking for some design inspiration for his collaboration with Gap retailer. Kanye and Dash were pictured browsing clothes in a Walmart store before snapping up a range of kids’ clothes and bags, in what marks a departure from the designer wardrobe typically favored by the star

Kanye was pictured with a friend outside the bank before heading for the local Walmart in Cody, Wyoming

Kanye pictured Wednesday

Kanye was pictured with a friend outside the bank before heading for the local Walmart in Cody, Wyoming

‘They are very concerned about his mental health and taking action,’ the source told People. 

‘Those close to him are concerned, and this is everyone’s top priority to make sure that he’s safe and getting the help he needs.’ 

The source added that Kanye has been seen by a doctor who decided he didn’t need to be hospitalized. 

‘They are working to get him the help he needs. He’s been seen by a doctor. He was assessed, and the assessment on Monday determined that he did not need immediate hospitalization and that he was in a stable mental state at the time,’ they told People.  

They added that he was undergoing another Wednesday evaluation Wednesday. 

Kanye left his entourage to settle the bill and pack up the pickup truck with his new purchases

Kanye left his entourage to settle the bill and pack up the pickup truck with his new purchases 

Dash is just one of many friends to have paid the star a visit after a troubling week

Dash is just one of many friends to have paid the star a visit after a troubling week 

Dash and Kanye wear face masks to go inside the stores. Kanye kept taking his on and off throughout the outing

Dash and Kanye wear face masks to go inside the stores. Kanye kept taking his on and off throughout the outing

His shopping trip marked a far cry from the usual designer haunts he, Kim and their family shop at

His shopping trip marked a far cry from the usual designer haunts he, Kim and their family shop at 

A fellow shopper appears to spot the star as he loads clothing into the trolley

A fellow shopper appears to spot the star as he loads clothing into the trolley 

Kanye and his entourage headed from his Wyoming ranch to do a spot of shopping in the local area

Kanye and his entourage headed from his Wyoming ranch to do a spot of shopping in the local area

Kanye and a friend during Wednesday's outing

Sources told People Kanye's friends are 'very concerned' and are trying to get him help

Sources told People Kanye’s friends are ‘very concerned’ and are trying to get him help  

Kim finally broke her silence Wednesday morning saying she is ‘powerless’ and calling her husband ‘brilliant but complicated’ as fears mount for the mental health of the rapper. 

The reality star, 39, said on Instagram ‘his words sometimes do not align with his intentions’  after Kanye last night claimed he has been ‘trying to get divorced’ from Kim since she met his fellow rapper Meek Mill at a hotel. 

In his latest rambling Twitter outburst, West said Tuesday that Kim was ‘out of line’ to meet Meek Mill to talk about ‘prison reform’, and blasted her mother Kris Jenner as ‘Kris Jong-Un’ while accusing the pair of ‘white supremacy’.  

Sharing three pages to her Instagram story Wednesday morning Kim said: ‘Those that understand mental illness or even compulsive behavior know that the family is powerless unless the member is a minor.’

She told her 180 million followers: ‘I understand Kanye is subject to criticism because he is a public figure and his actions at times can cause strong opinions and emotions. He is a brilliant but complicated person who on top of the pressures of being an artist and a black man, who experienced the painful loss of his mother, and has to deal with the pressure and isolation that is heightened by his bi-polar disorder. 

‘Those who are close with Kanye know his heart and understand his words some times do not align with his intentions.’

Kim Kardashian took to Instagram Wednesday morning following husband Kanye West's late night Twitter meltdown, saying she is 'powerless' and calling her husband 'brilliant but complicated'

Kim Kardashian took to Instagram Wednesday morning following husband Kanye West's late night Twitter meltdown, saying she is 'powerless' and calling her husband 'brilliant but complicated'

Kim Kardashian took to Instagram Wednesday morning following husband Kanye West’s late night Twitter meltdown, saying she is ‘powerless’ and calling her husband ‘brilliant but complicated’

West on Tuesday repeated his claim that his wife and mother-in-law had ‘tried to fly in with two doctors’ to have him hospitalized amid concerns about his well-being after his bizarre entry into the 2020 presidential race.  

‘Kris and Kim put out a statement without my approval… that’s not what a wife should do,’ Kanye said after reports that the Kardashians were infuriated by his latest antics. Source told TMZ Wednesday that the Kardashians ‘don’t know what to do’ as Kanye is ‘clearly not receptive to getting help’.

Kanye deleted his late-night tweets barely half an hour after posting them, except for a final post in which he signed them off as coming from ‘the future president’. 

Kim wrote Wednesday: ‘As many of you know, Kanye has bi-polar disorder. Anyone who has this or has a loved one in their life who does, knows how incredibly complicated and painful it is to understand. 

‘I’ve never spoken publicly about how this has affected us at home because I am very protective of our children and Kanye’s right to privacy when it comes to his health. But today, I feel like I should comment on it because of the stigma and misconceptions about mental health.

‘People who are unaware or far removed from this experience can be judgmental and not understand that the individual themselves have to engage in the process of getting help no matter how hard family and friends try.

‘Living with bi-polar disorder does not diminish or invalidate his dreams and his creative ideas, no matter how big or unobtainable they may feel to some. That is part of his genius and as we have all witnessed, many of his big dreams have come true.’ 

Kanye’s shock divorce claim comes after sources had alleged that Kim and Kanye, 43, are already ‘living apart’ and have been ‘at each other’s throats’ with ‘daily bust-ups’ during lockdown.  

Kim Kardashian is 'completely devastated' after husband Kanye West claimed in a Twitter rant that she tried to get a doctor to lock him up after his presidential rally speech in South Carolina on Sunday. Friends fear that their marriage will not survive West's recent behavior. The couple are pictured with their children North, 7; Saint, 4; Chicago, 2; and Psalm, 14 months

Kim Kardashian is ‘completely devastated’ after husband Kanye West claimed in a Twitter rant that she tried to get a doctor to lock him up after his presidential rally speech in South Carolina on Sunday. Friends fear that their marriage will not survive West’s recent behavior. The couple are pictured with their children North, 7; Saint, 4; Chicago, 2; and Psalm, 14 months

Kanye West today claimed he has been 'trying to get divorced' from Kim Kardashian since she met his fellow rapper Meek Mill at the Waldorf Hotel

Kanye West today claimed he has been ‘trying to get divorced’ from Kim Kardashian since she met his fellow rapper Meek Mill at the Waldorf Hotel

In his latest rambling Twitter outburst, West said Kim was 'out of line' to meet Meek Mill to talk about 'prison reform' and blasted her mother Kris Jenner as 'Kris Jong-Un' while accusing the pair of 'white supremacy'

In his latest rambling Twitter outburst, West said Kim was ‘out of line’ to meet Meek Mill to talk about ‘prison reform’ and blasted her mother Kris Jenner as ‘Kris Jong-Un’ while accusing the pair of ‘white supremacy’

Friends are said to be concerned that Kanye and Kim's marriage won't survive his recent erratic behavior as sources say he believes he needs protection from his wife and that he has lost all trust in her. He remains at his Wyoming ranch with friends

Kim, 39, earned glowing praise from Meek Mill (pictured) for her work on criminal justice reform last year, when the rapper hailed her for 'doing a lot of good work' on the issue

Kim Kardashian, pictured left with Kanye, earned glowing praise from Meek Mill (pictured right) last year, when the rapper called her a ‘friend’ and hailed her for ‘doing a lot of good work’ on prison reform

Kim earned glowing praise from Meek Mill last year, when the rapper called her a ‘friend’ and hailed her for ‘doing a lot of good work’ on prison reform, but the nature of the alleged hotel meeting is not clear. 

Meek and Kim both attended a Criminal Justice Reform Summit in Los Angeles in November 2018, but it was at the Jeremy Hotel rather than the Waldorf in Beverly Hills which Kanye appeared to be referring to. 

West’s tweets said that ‘Meek is my man and was respectful… that’s my dog’, without elaborating further, before he veered off into his supposed $5billion wealth and a reference to Michael Jackson. 

On Wednesday he appeared to address Kanye’s tweets, writing on Twitter: ‘S*** is cappp cmon ….’ Cap is slang for lies. TMZ Meek Mill and Kim only ever met in a professional sense to talk prison reform. 

Kanye’s freewheeling tweets also referred to rapper Drake and Kim Kardashian’s friend Larsa Pippen, without explaining further but followed by the question: ‘Should I name more?’. 

In a bizarre reference to Michael Jackson and his nemesis and former Sony Music boss Tommy Mottola, West said that ‘MJ told you about Tommy before they killed him’.  

He added: ‘Kim saved my daughters life in the name of Jesus It’s Gods choice only I will live for my children Kris I’m in Cody if your not planning another one of your children’s playboy shoots.’ 

Kris Jenner, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in New York City last November

Kris Jenner, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian in New York City last November 

Kanye appeared at a campaign rally in South Carolina on Sunday (pictured) in which he delivered a lengthy monologue which sparked concerns about his well-being

Kanye appeared at a campaign rally in South Carolina on Sunday (pictured) in which he delivered a lengthy monologue which sparked concerns about his well-being 

What Kanye has said since joining the 2020 presidential race

July 4: Kanye West announces he is running for president, declaring that ‘we must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future’. 

West receives early backing from his wife Kim Kardashian and from SpaceX supremo Elon Musk. However, there is much skepticism about whether he genuinely intends to run. 

July 8: Forbes publishes an interview with Kanye in which he says he has never voted before, wants to model his presidency on the fictional country of Wakanda in the movie Black Panther, and no longer supports Donald Trump after previously appearing in the Oval Office with a Make America Great Again hat. 

West also says he was ill with Covid-19 in February and is sceptical of developing vaccines against it, and suggests that Musk should be head of America’s space program. 

July 14: West scores two per cent in a poll of the presidential race, with 56 per cent of respondents believing that the rapper is not serious about running for president. 

July 15: Kanye appears to take a further step towards running for president, as a filing with the Federal Election Commission shows the establishment of a Kanye 2020 campaign committee under the banner of the Birthday Party or BDY. West says the name is chosen because ‘when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday’. 

July 18: Kanye urges his supporters to sign a petition to get him on the ballot in South Carolina. Two days later, state officials say the deadline has passed and that that West did not submit the required paperwork in time. However, he is listed on the ballot in Oklahoma. 

July 19: West holds a campaign rally in South Carolina, wearing a bullet-proof jacket marked ‘security’ and with ‘2020’ shaved into his head. In a rambling speech, he reveals that he and Kim had considered aborting their daughter North and sparks outrage by claiming that abolitionist Harriet Tubman ‘never actually freed the slaves’. 

July 20: In a series of tweets, Kanye claims that Kim Kardashian is trying to have him locked up on medical grounds, compares himself to Nelson Mandela and suggests the movie Get Out was about him. 

The tweets spark further concern for his well-being, but Elon Musk says that ‘we talked about an hour ago’ and that Kanye ‘seems fine’. 

July 21: Kanye claims he has been ‘trying to get divorced’ since Kim Kardashian allegedly met rapper Meek Mill to talk about prison reform at the Waldorf Hotel. He also calls his mother-in-law Kris Jenner ‘Kris Jong-Un’ and accuses the pair of ‘white supremacy’ in another freewheeling series of tweets. Most of his tweets are quickly deleted. 

Earlier in the day, he had hinted he could postpone his presidential run until 2024 after saying ‘I guess all black people supposed to vote for Biden’. He also heaped praise on comedian Dave Chappelle for visiting him at his Wyoming ranch. 

Kanye had revealed in his South Carolina rally on Sunday that he and Kim considered aborting their daughter North, and separately announced that his children would ‘never do Playboy’.  

Turning to Kris and Kim, Kanye claimed last night that ‘they tried to fly in with two doctors to 51/50 me’, referring to a section of California law under which people can be confined for mental health reasons. 

West had alleged just 24 hours earlier that ‘Kim was trying to fly to Wyoming with a doctor to lock me up like on the movie Get Out’ after his troubling appearance at the South Carolina campaign rally, his first since announcing on July 4 that he was entering the 2020 race. 

‘I been trying to get divorced since Kim met with Meek at the Warldolf [sic] for ‘prison reform”, Kanye said last night, adding: ‘This my lady tweet of the night… Kris Jong-Un’. 

Seemingly going off on a tangent, he added in the same tweet that ‘Lil Baby my favorite rapper but won’t do a song wit me’.

In his next tweet he wrote: ‘Meek is my man and was respectful. That’s my dog. Kim was out of line. 

‘I’m worth $5 billion and more than that through Christ. But you’ll ain’t listen to MJ but you’ll believe them???’.  

Kanye has also shared his texts with Kris Jenner in which he threatened to ‘go to war’ if she did not return his calls. 

The first message read: ‘This Ye, you ready to talk now or are still avoiding my call?’, while the second, posted a day later, said: ‘This Ye, you wanna talk or go to war?’.

He captioned the screenshot: ‘White supremacy at its highest no cap.’  

Page Six reports that friends fear the marriage may not survive West’s recent frightening behavior, as he welcomes other celebrities including comedian Dave Chappelle to his Wyoming ranch but continues to avoid his wife. 

Meek Mill’s last public interaction with Kim came in August 2019, when he told Access Hollywood that Kardashian was a ‘friend’ with whom he had spoken frequently about prison reform. 

‘I think she’s doing a lot of good work. She’s doing a lot of work, more than other people who have platforms who might even [have come] from that situation,’ Meek said in an interview. 

‘So, big ups to her and big ups to everybody that’s working for a better cause – not even just for reform,’ he said. 

Meek was freed from court supervision in July 2019 after a Pennsylvania appeals court on Wednesday overturned the rapper’s conviction in a drug and gun case that had kept him in prison or on probation for most of his adult life. 

He later pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor gun charge in a deal which resolved the 12-year legal battle. 

In 2018, Meek and Kardashian were both named as guests at a Criminal Justice Reform Summit in Los Angeles, organized by Variety and Rolling Stone magazine. 

The event took place at the Jeremy Hotel in West Hollywood, a different venue to the Waldorf in Beverly Hills which Kanye was apparently referring to. 

It is not clear whether West was mistaken about the venue or whether he was referring to a different occasion, but no meeting at the Waldorf has ever been publicized. 

Kim had visited the White House to lobby for prison reform earlier in 2018, helping to persuade Donald Trump to grant clemency to Alice Marie Johnson who was serving a life sentence without parole for drugs offenses. 

Kardashian was the one who broke the news to Johnson, saying that ‘telling her for the first time and hearing her screams while crying together is a moment I will never forget’.   

Earlier on Tuesday, Kanye heaped praise on his comedian friend Dave Chappelle for flying to Wyoming to visit him at his ranch.  

‘Thank you Dave for hopping on a jet to come see me doing well. Dave you are a god send and a true friend. All love,’ Kanye tweeted alongside a video that showed the pair standing in a group as the rapper urged Chappelle to say a joke. 

Later Tuesday he posted a video to Twitter thanking his friends for their support and captioned it: ‘THANK YOU 88 MNOP FOR JOINING ME AT OUR RANCH IN CODY IT’S SO GOOD TO HAVE REAL ONES AROUND Oh AND THEY BOTH WEARING ORANGE.’ 

He then posted a picture of some illustrations with the condensed words: ‘TH FTR IS CMNG PRMS N JSS NM.’  

Yet despite West’s posts with his friends on Twitter, a source told Page Six that while the Kardashian family had decided to stand by Kanye, they believe the situation is ‘really bad’. 

‘I don’t know if they can survive it,’ the source claimed of Kanye and Kim’s marriage.  

Also on Tuesday, Kanye questioned whether he should postpone his controversial run on the Oval Office until 2024 in a tweet late Tuesday night in which he also shared a confusing look at his ‘2020 Vision’. 

‘#2020vision or maybe ’24,’ he wrote alongside a picture of a piece of paper in his trademark orange, listing what appears to be the tracklist for his upcoming album.

‘I guess all black people supposed to vote on Biden? Y’all want me to run on nah???’ the rapper then asked. 

He shared the list again later Tuesday as he repeated that he had a new album being released this Friday. 

‘DONDA: WITH CHILD new album and movie this Friday,’ he wrote.  

The 43-year-old rapper returned to Twitter on Tuesday to share a video of him and Dave Chappelle in Wyoming – a day after he posted a series of rambling tweets about his wife and her family that he deleted within an hour

 

West spoke about his upcoming album and a movie that he claims is to be released this Friday on Twitter Tuesday night

West spoke about his upcoming album and a movie that he claims is to be released this Friday on Twitter Tuesday night

A TIMELINE OF KIM AND KANYE’S RELATIONSHIP

2003: Kim and Kanye meet through mutual friend, the singer Brandy 

2008: Appear on screen together for the first time for a pilot TV show. Kim later describes this moment as ‘when we first really connected’

August 2011: Kim marries NBA pro Kris Humphries  

2012: The couple start dating, taking their relationship public in April of that year 

December 2012: Kim announces she is pregnant with the couple’s first child, North 

June 2013: North West is born 

October 2013: Kanye proposes to Kim 

May 2014: The couple marry in Italy  

December 2015: Kim gives birth to their son Saint 

December 2016: Kanye is hospitalized

January 2018: The couple welcome daughter Chicago via a surrogate 

August 2018: Kanye posts to Twitter spark concern 

May 2019: The couple welcome their fourth child, son Psalm West

July 2020: Kanye tweets he has been ‘trying to get divorced’ from Kim

West had been critical of Biden when he gave an interview to Forbes last month to speak about his presidential platform.  

‘A lot of times just like political parties they feel all Blacks have to be Democrat. This man, Joe Biden, said if you don’t vote for me, then you are not Black,’ he said. 

‘Well, act like we didn’t hear that? We act like we didn’t hear that man say that? That man said that. It’s a rap. We gonna walk, all the people. Jay-Z said it best.’

‘For the other candidates, I just gracefully suggest y’all bow out—Trump and Biden, gracefully bow out,’ West continued. ‘It’s God’s country, we are doing everything in service to God, nobody but God no more. I am in service of our Lord and savior, Jesus Christ, and I put everything I get on the line to serve God.’

Biden was criticized in May for telling popular radio show host Charlamagne tha God he ‘ain’t black’ if he can’t figure out who to pick between Donald Trump and him. 

‘I should not have been so cavalier. I’ve never, never, ever taken the African-American community for granted,’ Biden said in an apology, according to the Associated Press. ‘I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy.’

West’s 2020 run had been controversial from the off but hit a new peak this week following his first campaign rally and a now deleted Twitter rant calling out his wife.  

However with his recent revelation that he is planning top drop an album this week,it has led some to claim that the turmoil is all part of a PR stunt. 

‘I see it as perfect timing with the drop of a new album. None of this is coincidental; he merely has a need to be talked about in the worst way,’ Chief Executive of RLM Public Relations, Richard Laermer, told Fox News

‘He isn’t ‘running,’ per se, because that would be a ton of work. And this guy has proven that, while he has a lot of energy, isn’t actually interested in the head-down work it would take to be the leader of a political campaign.’ 

 

IS KANYE WEST’S PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN A PR STUNT FOR HIS ALBUM RELEASE? 

At the end of a lengthy Twitter tirade on Monday night, Kanye West revealed that his new album, DONDA, would be released on Friday. 

He also appeared to tweet a track listing for the new album, which is named after his late mother. 

It has led some to claim that the recent turmoil in his family and with his presidential campaign is all part of a PR stunt. 

‘I see it as perfect timing with the drop of a new album. None of this is coincidental; he merely has a need to be talked about in the worst way,’ Chief Executive of RLM Public Relations, Richard Laermer, told Fox News

‘He isn’t ‘running,’ per se, because that would be a ton of work. And this guy has proven that, while he has a lot of energy, isn’t actually interested in the head-down work it would take to be the leader of a political campaign.’

‘The goal here is to get media to talk about him,’ Laermer added. 

‘It’s working, to a degree. But most of it has been mocking him, particularly since he has no platform to speak of, and with that no reason to be president.’

Former Obama campaign adviser Spencer Critchley agreed, but added that it may be hurting West more than it’s helping. 

‘I think it absolutely could be a PR ploy, and unfortunately that’s all too typical of this moment in history as well,’ Critchley said to Fox. 

‘We’ve come to take it as normal that everyone we hear from seems to be selling something, including by turning themselves into a brand name and selling that. But Kanye’s behavior is so erratic that if this is PR, I think it’s hurting him more than it’s helping.’

Kim and Kanye, who wed in 2014 and have four children, were said to be living at opposite ends of their LA compound due to rising tensions before Kanye moved to their family home in Wyoming.  

‘Since lockdown they’ve had daily bust-ups over literally everything. But mainly about the kids, their future, and the different directions they’re going in,’ a source told The Sun, adding that the couple were ‘at each other’s throats’.

‘They’ve barely had a functioning marriage for the last year and Kim has been finding living with him too difficult.

‘He’s very demanding and always obsessed with one of his schemes – she’s exhausted. They live totally separate lives now.’

Sources claim Kanye is holed up in a ‘compound’ at the Wyoming ranch with ‘a lot of building work’ apparently taking place, much of it ‘geared towards security’. 

The compound reportedly includes an ‘underground bunker’ with a ‘panic’ room which is stocked up with food and designed for the family to take refuge in an emergency. 

Kanye is said to have surrounded himself with ‘a small group of people he trusts’, not including his wife or her family. 

Last week he reportedly changed his Twitter and social media passwords to lock everyone else out, amid claims he feels ‘paranoid’.  

Another source told The Sun that Kim ‘is living through the worst nightmare of her life right now’. 

‘Originally Kim was happy that Kanye chose to go to Wyoming as he’s always calmer when he’s there. Now she’s regretting it,’ they said. 

A source has also told Entertainment Tonight that Kim is ‘completely devastated’ by Kanye’s tweets and that she has been trying to get her husband help for his bipolar disorder but he has refused.

‘Kim has always been public about everything in her life, but with Kanye and him being bipolar she has always respected to keep that more private and within the family,’ the source said.

‘Kanye tweeting about the family and painting her as trying to ‘lock him up’ has upset Kim because that wasn’t her intention and she only ever wants the best for her husband.’  

Meanwhile, another source told Us Weekly Kim and the rest of the Kardashians think Kanye ‘crossed a line’ by airing private family matters.

‘She’s tried so hard to help him, but now Kim and her family feel as though he’s really crossed a line by talking negatively about them publicly and sharing private family matters with the public,’ the source said.

‘She feels helpless at this point.’ 

In addition to saying his wife was trying to lock him up, Kanye’s earlier Twitter rant on Monday also referenced Kim’s prior Playboy shoots and vowed to never let his children do the same.  

He also slammed his mother-in-law and he suggested the movie ‘Get Out’ was based on his own life. 

‘Kim was trying to fly to Wyoming with a doctor to lock me up like on the movie Get Out because I cried about saving my daughters life yesterday,’ West said in one of the since-deleted tweets. 

In other tweets, he also appealed directly to Kim and Jenner, to contact him at his ranch in Wyoming where he has been living, adding that he didn’t want his mother-in-law around his four children. 

‘Kriss don’t play with me you and that calmye are not allowed around my children Ya’ll tried to lock me up,’ he said, apparently referencing Jenner’s boyfriend Corey Gamble. 

Kanye also took a stab at the Keeping Up With The Kardashians, saying he loved his wife and wanted his family to live with him despite them filming the reality TV series. 

The rapper also shared a number of illustrations with his own condensed speak that the 'father is coming'

The rapper also shared a number of illustrations with his own condensed speak that the ‘father is coming’

Among West's tweets, was this picture of himself with his children. Along with this picture, he wrote that 'West children will never do playboy' in a hit at his mother-in-law Kris. Both Kim and her youngest sister Kylie have appeared in Playboy

Among West’s tweets, was this picture of himself with his children. Along with this picture, he wrote that ‘West children will never do playboy’ in a hit at his mother-in-law Kris. Both Kim and her youngest sister Kylie have appeared in Playboy

On Monday night, West tweeted out this apparent screengrab of a text message he sent Kris

On Monday night, West tweeted out this apparent screengrab of a text message he sent Kris

Among his barrage of tweets was one in which he compared himself to Nelson Mandela, saying: ‘If I get locked up like Mandela yall will know why’.

He also referenced ‘Get Out’, a horror film about race relations, in a few of the tweets: ‘Everybody knows the movie get out is about me.’ 

The film is about a black man who meets his white girlfriend’s parents for the first time and discovers the creepy things the family does to guests in an effort to extend their lives, including organ harvesting and brain transplants. 

Kim Kardashian's Playboy cover from 2007

Kim Kardashian’s Playboy cover from 2007

In other tweets, he directly addressed his mother-in-law and posted a screenshot of an apparent text message he had sent Kris Jenner: ‘This Ye. You ready to talk now. Or are you still avoiding my calls.’  

When tweeting about his wife and their children, Kanye referenced Kim’s leaked 2007 sex tape with then boyfriend Ray J and the Playboy cover she did later that year. 

‘West children will never do playboy,’ Kanye also tweeted, alongside a picture of himself with his children. 

‘I put my life on the line for my children that North’s mother would never sell her sex rape [sic],’ he tweeted.  

‘I put my life on my God that Norths mom would never photograph her doing playboy and that’s on God,’ he added, revealing ‘I’m at the ranch … come and get me.’ 

‘I love my wife My family must live next to me It’s not up to E or NBC anymore,’ Kanye also tweeted, referring to the TV network and the parent company of the reality series Kardashian stars on, Keeping Up with the Kardashians. 

‘NBC locked up Bill Cosby,’ he later added. 

All of those tweets were deleted. 

Kanye also took aim at Vogue editor Anna Wintour and actor Shia Laboeuf in connection with his own work with fashion retailer GAP.

‘Anna Wintour always showed me love but when I told her I was going to GAP she looked at me like I was crazy,’ he claimed, adding: ‘Then she called back kissing my a**.’ 

He also claimed that Laboeuf had been ‘deposed to do the first YZY GAP shoot and he never showed up’, referring to the Yeezy line of clothing for which GAP has signed up Kanye in a 10-year contract.   

Kanye had claimed during his South Carolina speech that he would ‘walk away’ from his contracts with GAP and Adidas if he was not appointed to their boards. 

Kanye appeared to end his Twitter rant by saying: ‘Ima focus on the music now.’ 

He returned to posting 45 minutes later and announced he would release a new album on Friday named after his late mother.

Kanye tweeted ‘DONDA coming this Friday’, along with what appears to be the tracklist for the album.

Later Monday, West would go on to tweet that his album, DONDA, name for his mother, would be released on Friday

Later Monday, West would go on to tweet that his album, DONDA, name for his mother, would be released on Friday 

While supporters expressed concern for him on social media after the outburst Monday, his billionaire friend Elon Musk reassured one fan by tweeting: ‘We talked about an hour ago. He seems fine.’ 

West’s Twitter storm appeared to generate concern online, with celebrities and other notable names tweeting about him. 

‘oh s**t,fool you said you almost killed your daughter. your wife knows best, sit your a** down. Happy wife happy life,’ 50 Cent wrote while sharing a screengrab of Kanye’s tweet about Kardashian flying a doctor out to Wyoming and comparing it to Get Out. 

Other social media regulars were more sympathetic.

‘The Kanye West stuff isn’t funny. Either he’s doing this for PR or he’s got serious mental health issues and laughing and poking fun isn’t right. Either way it’s the dark side of social media,’ actor Devon Sawa tweeted. 

‘Kanye needs prayer & help,’ Masika Kalysha, head of Khari Barbie Beauty tweeted. ‘Mental illness is no joke. You don’t know how hard it is to get someone committed who doesn’t think they need help. It’s close to impossible. Add in the fact that he has an unlimited amount of $, access & resources & ur doomed. Praying 4 u @kanyewest.’ 

‘RELAX BUBBA THIS NOT FOR THE JABRONI TWITTER,’ pro wrestler The Iron Sheik wrote.  

‘Prayers for Kanye. I hope he gets the help he needs,’ singer Malynda Hale tweeted.

‘@kanyewest I have seen a movie similar to this one 3 years ago. Protect your family. You will never look back. Act now,’ wrote former White House Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci. 

West's billionaire friend Elon Musk reassured one fan tweeting: 'We talked about an hour ago. He seems fine'

West’s billionaire friend Elon Musk reassured one fan tweeting: ‘We talked about an hour ago. He seems fine’

North West, Kardashian, West and Saint (L to R) are pictured together in New York City in 2019

North West, Kardashian, West and Saint (L to R) are pictured together in New York City in 2019

Kanye has previously said that his wife along with billionaire and founder of Tesla Elon Musk were his advisors at the moment. He has also suggested that the CEO of SpaceX could be ‘the head of our space program.’  

Kanye has been open about his struggle with bipolar disorder and, in 2016, he spent time in hospital after a ‘psychiatric emergency’ that forced him to cancel 21 concert dates.  

West has already missed the deadline to officially run for president in South Carolina in November – and never even applied to make the ballot in the state where he held his first campaign rally.

‘The petition deadline has passed for the 2020 general election and the state election commission did not receive a petition from Kanye West,’ Chris Whitmire, a spokesman for the South Carolina Board of Elections, said. ‘There are no exceptions to the deadline,’ Whitmire said. 

West spent the required fee to make the ballot in Oklahoma last week and filled out the proper Federal Election Commission paperwork to officially make a run for the White House in November. 

West filled out FEC Form 1: Statement of Organization, that shared the information about his campaign, and Form 2: Statement of Candidacy, which triggers candidacy status. 

According to the forms, West is running as an independent for BDY, which he says stands for the Birthday Party because ‘when we win, it’s everybody’s birthday.’ 

Among the surprising statements West made during the rally Sunday, was that after Kardashian called him ‘crying’ that she was pregnant, ‘We talked about her not having this child. She had the pills in her hand! I almost killed my daughter!’

He also noted that while he was considering what to do about the pregnancy, he received what he interpreted as a sign from God while he was working on his laptop in Paris.

‘My screen went black and white. And God said, if you f**k with my vision I f**k with yours,’ West yelled during the rally. ‘And I called my girlfriend and said we’re going to have this child.’

Kris Jenner and Kanye West are seen together in this image that Kris posted on Instagram

Kris Jenner and Kanye West are seen together in this image that Kris posted on Instagram

Later in the unscripted speech, West said: ‘Even if my wife were to divorce me after this speech, she brought North into this world, when I did not want to.’ 

He also talked about how his father had wanted his mother, Donda West, to abort him, but she had refused. 

‘My dad wanted to abort me. My mom saved my life. There would’ve been no Kanye West because my dad was too busy,’ he said during the rally.  

A Kardashian source told Entertainment Tonight that part of the reality star’s fury over West’s comments was due to the fact that ‘She knows this is something North will see when she gets older and that’s heartbreaking.’ 

Beyond the shocking abortion revelations, the Kardashian sisters are also ‘horrified’ that West did not engage in any coronavirus social distancing measures during the rally, according to the Kardashian source.   

To see ‘Kanye interacting indoors with people without a mask on and that alone was enough to make her freak the f**k out,’ the source said about Kardashian.  

West’s friends, according to the source, are said to be ‘concerned’ about him and worry that his current behavior could lead to a breakdown for him.  

‘They can only describe Kanye’s current situation as a ticking time bomb,’ the source said, noting that the situation is ‘very difficult’ for Kardashian. 

‘In addition to worrying endlessly about Kanye she has to deal with the constant public embarrassment of him making claims what’s left of her private life,’ the source told The Sun. 

Kardashian is said to want to ‘keep the family together,’ but isn’t sure ‘how much more she can take of this.’ 

Kardashian has not publicly addressed West’s Sunday night rally comments nor his Monday night Twitter spree.  

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