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What’s up with Kanye West? He claims in latest outburst he’s $74.5m in debt

Kanye West claims in latest outburst he’s AU$74.5m in debt. Photo: Kevin Mazur The revelation has left many scratching their heads as West’s estimated worth is $140m, while wife Kim Kardashian is believed to be worth $73.7 million. Photo: Kevin Mazur
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His money worries comes at a time when West has been criticised for paying his 1200 models and extras AU$140 each for a 10-hour day at his sold-out Madison Square Garden show. Photo: Bruce Barton

One woman who took part in the show spoke anonymously and likened her experience to a “concentration camp”. Photo: Bruce Barton

The Kardashians/Jenners/Wests backstage in matching Yeezy and Balmain. Photo: Kevin Mazur

Blonde Kim Kardashian and recovering Lamar Odom stars of Kanye West’s Yeezy 3

He has never been known as one of the most rational people in the world, but even for Kanye West his most recent behaviour around the release of his album, The Life of Pablo, and his new fashion collection, Yeezy Season 3, seems a little berserk, or is it just extremely clever marketing?

In the last two weeks, the rapper, who is married to Kim Kardashian West, has reignited his feud with Taylor Swift by calling her a “bitch” and saying he might have sex with her, gone on numerous Twitter rants, fought with ex-girlfriend Amber Rose and her ex-husband Wiz Khalifa, then made up with them, endorsed Bill Cosby, had his co-writer Rhymefest quit because he said West needs “spiritual and mental” help, and now dropped a bombshell that he is millions of dollars in debt.

“Let’s dance in the streets. I am consumed by my purpose to help the world,” he wrote on Twitter, adding, “I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars [AU$74.5 million] in personal debt… Please pray we overcome…This is my true heart…This is all all is fun all in good feelings… We will all be gone 100 years from now but what did we do to help while we were here!!!”

The revelation has left many scratching their heads as West’s estimated worth, according to a number of publications, is around the $140 million mark, while his spouse Kardashian is believed to be worth $73.7 million, according to Forbes.

He also tweeted Sunday morning: “Mark Zuckerberg invest 1 billion dollars into Kanye West ideas after realizing he is the greatest living artist and greatest artist of all time (sic).” The Facebook CEO has not replied.

Even Kardashian West seems to be embarrassed by her husband’s constant headline-grabbing ways and has not commented on his erratic conduct, instead ignoring it completely and posting about how “proud” she is of his show and sharing plenty of pictures of herself in his Yeezy and Balmain designs.

His money worries come at a time when West has been criticised for paying his 1200 models and extras AU$140 each for a 10-hour day at his sold-out Madison Square Garden show that doubled as a listening party on Thursday.

The event was attended by his wife, their three-year-old daughter North and the rest of the Kardashian-Jenner crew, including Kris, Caitlyn, Kourtney, Khloe, Kendall and Kylie. Other A-listers included Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, models Naomi Campbell, and , Balmain designer , rapper 50 Cent, Jay Z, Will Smith’s son Jaden, recovering former LA Lakers player and actor Melanie Griffith.

One woman who partook in the show spoke anonymously to Jezebel(because she signed a non-disclosure agreement) and likened her experience to a “concentration camp”.

Other excerpts from her experience read: “We were instructed to be statues, but there was a point where I shifted my weight and turned to get a different viewpoint. You start getting dizzy from standing there and staring at one point for so long. We were probably standing for like an hour and a half…

“This was a great example of the fashion industry as a whole, that from an outsider’s perspective it looks so glamorous. Everyone’s like, I can’t believe you did that, that’s so cool. And I’m literally like, if you knew the experience you probably wouldn’t be saying that…

“At the end of it I’m like, he actually is crazy.”

She also claimed that the collection was not all original pieces created by West, but items picked up from charity shops.

“I think a misconception was that the clothes the extras were wearing were from the Yeezy collection. All the shoes were Adidas, but the clothes were thrift store finds that I think they dyed to be the same colour scheme.”

Another model, who goes by the name @kurents on Instagram, said he wasn’t paid at all for taking part in the show, although a number of commenters disputed this.

“Lmao I was on the megatron at Madison for yeezy 3. shit was trash. Kanye finnessed 1200 young black adults into working as extras for free to a sold out white crowd that was screaming “all day n—a.” We didn’t find out we weren’t getting paid til 6am. He sent us to jersey and put us in Salvation Army clothes (not yeezy, my pants were carhartt and my shirt was American apparel). I jugged some sambas from wardrobe though,” @kurents wrote.

A representative for West denied that some participants were not paid, but they would not reveal how much they got for their 10 hour shift.

The controversy also comes as his bad blood with Swift rears its ugly head once more. The rapper included a reference to thesinger in one of his songs, Famous:”I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous.”

West has since claimed the idea was Swift’s, while she has called it “misogynistic”. 3rd thing I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 20165th thing I’m not even gone take credit for the idea… it’s actually something Taylor came up with …— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016

“I did not diss Taylor Swift and I’ve never dissed her… First thing is I’m an artist and as an artist I will express how I feel with no censorship…” He added on Twitter: “I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings.”

Swift’s people had this to say: “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single “Famous” on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, “I made that bitch famous.”

Some signs point to West’s self-destructive behaviour as a cover-up for the strain he is under while he does his best to promote his latest album, while other flags suggest that his attention-grabbing ways ensure he remains in public narrative with plenty of free advertising.

Whatever West is up to, it’s not going to stop any time soon.   Lmao I was on the megatron at Madison for yeezy 3. shit was trash. Kanye finnessed 1200 young black adults into working as extras for free to a sold out white crowd that was screaming “all day nigga”. We didn’t find out we weren’t getting paid til 6am. He sent us to jersey and put us in Salvation Army clothes (not yeezy, my pants were carhartt and my shirt was American apparel). I jugged some sambas from wardrobe though.A photo posted by kur-ents (@kurents) on Feb 11, 2016 at 4:13pm PST

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