Kanye West Opens Up About How Fatherhood Has Changed Him
He may sell out stadiums and start fashion trends, but at the end of the day, Kanye West sounds like a pretty (surprisingly) normal dad.
I like Kanye West's music, but truth? Reading articles about him can be downright painful. His quotes are like a Mad Libs written by a drunk megalomaniac. I mean, this is the guy who once called himself "God's vessel" and lamented that "my greatest pain in life is that I will never be able to see myself perform live." But it turns out, when it comes to fatherhood and family, he's refreshingly down to earth and—dare I say it?—normal.
Yes, he and wife Kim Kardashian command magazine covers and a gaggle of panting paparrazi. Yes, their 2-year-old daughter North sits front row at Fashion Week and wears leather like a second skin. Yes, their unborn son's every movement is chronicled. But all that attention isn't necessarily welcome in the West household.
On Tuesday, the rapper-designer confessed to SHOWstudio's In Camera that he worried about raising his children in the public eye. "Any situation you're in, you're going to worry about raising your kids," he said, sounding surprisingly self-aware. "It's champagne problems. There's people who can't feed their kids."
And apparently, fatherhood is making the 38-year-old dad think about more than just protecting his growing family. One-on-one time with his family is also a top priority. This is, after all, the guy who went skin-to-skin with North during a Vogue photo shoot. These days, Yeezy says he rejiggers his demanding work schedule to be home more. "Now I'm on the first flight back home to see my daughter," he said. In fact, he confessed that, like his BFF Jay Z, his little girl has even affected the type of music he makes. "Having a family, period, has completely made me rethink the way I rap," he said.
But perhaps most relatable to us parents is the sheer joy his family brings out in him. (Mind you, this is Kanye's resting face.) "[I'm] so, so, so, so happy," he said in the interview. "And I'm happy for the normal reasons to be happy. Because I married the woman of my dreams and I have a beautiful daughter and so many beautiful people around me.... I have a son on the way."
All together now: Aww.
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Bonnie Gibbs Vengrow is a New York City-based writer and editor who traded in her Blackberry and Metro card for playdates and PB&J sandwiches—and the once-in-a-lifetime chance to watch her feisty, funny son grow up. Follow her on Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.