Reflection time. Kanye West got very candid about the death of his mother, Donda, during an interview with David Letterman on Netflix’s My Next Guest Needs No Introduction. The full interview will officially go live on the streaming platform on May 31, but Kim Kardashian posted a teaser clip to show how proud she is of her husband. Considering the rapper doesn’t do many interviews, seeing him dish about something so personal is extremely surprising.
“Kanye opens up to David Letterman like you’ve never seen him,” the 38-year-old tweeted on Friday, May 24, with a clip from the episode. During the sit-down discussion, fans can see a blonde-haired Kanye, 41, calmly sitting with the host when he asked, “The memory of your mother, [do] you carry it each day?”
Although this was an emotionally loaded question, the “Flashing Lights” artist looked happy to think about his mom. “This would’ve been the funnest time of her life to have those kids running around that house and being able to, like, go and buy them toys,” he admitted. The Grammy winner’s mother died in November 2007, one day after undergoing cosmetic surgery at 58 years old.
He has really struggled through the years to comprehend her untimely passing but it seems as though Kanye has found acceptance. He told the show host, “But, you know, she’s here with us and she’s guiding us.” Kanye and Kim share four children — North, 5, Saint, 3, Chicago, 16-months, and newborn Psalm.
The “Stronger” artist even divulged one of his last memories with his mom. “I remember my mother bought me a bear that was multicolored and I was very into Takashi Murakami at that time on that third album, Graduation,” he recalled about one of his favorite Japanese artists. “So she bought it, she said it kind of, you know, feels like Takashi Murakami and then I was sort of like, ‘I don’t want that. That ain’t no Takashi Murakami bear,’ and stuff like that. And then, she passed, you know, a few weeks later.”
Kanye confessed that the stuffed animal quickly became a prized possession. “I did, you know, everything I could to find that bear and place that bear on top of all the Takashi Murakami stuff I had in the house,” he said.
It’s amazing to see the rapper open up in such a real way. We can’t wait to see what’s to come!