Kanye West Lost Friends Over Kim Kardashian: They completely turned their back on me.

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Kanye West keeps us talking. Whether you agree or not with his point of view or delivery, the 36-year-old Chicago native keeps us either shaking our head or clapping in agreement.

Just days after his Adidas debut at New York Fashion Week, Ye chats with Style about why he doesn’t read reviews; how folk turned their back on him when he started dating his now wife Kim Kardashian; and the controversy surrounding the use of the N-word at the A.P.C. collection’s from Jean Touitou. Peep a few excerpts:

Kanye West dines alone at Gorgio Baldi in Santa Monica

On if he reads reviews: 

I don’t read the reviews, because it’s some kind of backhanded compliment or something focusing on not the main point. It was really difficult to do this. It would be difficult to make a proposition this simple for any designer. So many people told me that it had to have logos or it had to have this, but I fought for exactly what I wanted in my closet. I fought for what was true to me … There are a lot of kids in the streets that have waited for someone to speak for them and what they’re doing and for them to connect with it directly. And that’s what I’m here to do. Just as the last photo showed you, I’ve got an army behind me, so unless the reviewer is recognizing the army, they’re not recognizing the tank coming. I mean, I don’t know if people felt this, but it’s too late. Like the Drake album says, if you’re reading this, it’s already too late. If you’re seeing this, it’s already too late.

On dressing Kim Kardashian and friends turning their back on them when they began dating: