Once again, Kanye West has been misunderstood. The rapper claims his recent comments about famed photographer, Annie Leibovitz were “taken out of context and sensationalized.”
During the 2014 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, West spoke about being upset that Lebovitz backed out of shooting his and Kim Kardashian’s wedding at the last minute.
“Let me tell you something about that kiss photo that my girl put up … this was pissing my girl off during the honeymoon, she was exhausted because we worked on the photo so much because Annie Leibovitz pulled out right before the wedding. I think that she was, like, scared of the idea of celebrity,” Yeezy stated.
But, now the rapper is singing a different tune. In a joint statement obtained by HipHollywood, Kanye and Annie’s reps are painting a much different picture about what really happened.
Although Kanye expressed frustration that he was not able to collaborate with Annie Leibovitz at his recent wedding, he is not assigning blame, and is not accusing Annie in any way. Kanye and Annie’s representatives were in negotiations for weeks that were not completed by the time of the wedding.
“Annie would have been happy to do the portrait but she was never confirmed,” said a representative for Leibovitz.
Sounds like Yeezy’s doing a bit of back tracking.
It was Kanye’s dream to bring together for the wedding his favorite creatives – Ricardo Tisci on the dress, Vanessa Beecroft on the experience, and Andrea Bocelli – Kim’s favorite singer – singing Kim’s favorite song as she walked down the aisle. The first choice to capture one of the most special days in Kim and Kanye’s life: Annie Leibovitz.
Annie Leibovitz – the legendary photographer responsible for Kim and Kanye’s recent Vogue cover – is not known to shoot weddings. But Kanye West dreams big. He loves and respects Annie as a true artist and wanted to bring her eye for beauty to the imagery of the event. In his Cannes Lions panel with Steve Stoute and tech guru godfather Ben Horowitz, Kanye was referencing Annie as an example of how to merge culture and tech.
“Picture this,” said Kanye. “The most-liked Instagram photo of all time, shot by Annie Leibovitz. Oh, I’m sorry for dreaming out loud. Again.”
So, Kanye just wants to clear the air. He’s not mad…just disappointed.