Kanye West, the billionaire rap mogul, fashion designer and professing Christian for the last two years, released a public ‘Thanksgiving prayer’ where he states he us taking accountability for the the ‘misactions’ that let to his wife of seven years, Kim Kardashian, filing for divorce in Februray of 2021.
Since then, West has been making public pleas for people to pray for his family:
…I want everyone to pray for my family…The narrative that God wants is for you to see that everything can be redeemed in all these relationships. We made mistakes. I’ve made mistakes. I’ve publicly done things that were not acceptable as a husband, but I’m here to change that narrative.”
The rapper, who shares four children with his estranged spouse, credited manic episodes, alcohol consumption, his temper, abuse of religion, and ego on his bad behavior, offering a public confession viewed by millions of people. He reveals:
I’m writing this prayer on my way back from taking my many metres first football game st got to play catch with Tom Brady before the game, this is a God’s dream. My Mini Me is a mix of two of my favourite things: me and my wife’s face.
All I think about every day is how I get my family back together and how I heal the pain that I’ve caused. I take accountability for my actions. New word alert: ‘misactions.’ The one thing that all my successes and failures have in common is me.
Let’s start with A) alcohol. I would drink to take the stress away, to knock the edge off. Drinking affected my health and the health of people around me because I already had a hair trigger temper and this just heightened it.
B) Episodes. I went into a manic episode in 2016 and I was placed under heavy medication. Since then I went on and off the medication which left me susceptible to other episodes, which my wife and family and fans have had to endure.
Ego. My ego has a tendency to go past the threshold of being motivating, entertaining, to just be an overbearing. There are ways to show confidence without arrogance.
Temper. Now I know none of ya’ll ever picture this, but sometimes I scream. And that screaming might have helped me tell off everyone who doubted me and music but that screaming did not help me keep my family together.
Religion. Self-righteous Christian behaviour. When I got saved, it did not immediately make me a better person. It made me a self righteous Christian. Mix that with being rich, famous and very, very, very, very, very attractive. And you got a Molotov cocktail ready to be thrown through the window of anyone who ever disagree with me. I was arrogant with my Jesus. Like I just got me some Jesus at the Gucci store with a stimulus check.
Let’s go with politics here. Good Lord- My wife did not like me wearing the red hat. Being a good wife, she just wanted to protect me and our family. I made me and our family a target by not aligning with Hollywood’s political stance. And that was hard for our marriage. Then I ran for President without proper preparation, and no allies on either side. I embarrassed my wife in the way that I presented information about our family during the one- and thank God only- press conference. All my dad had to say afterwards was’ write your speech next time, son’
F is for finances. I spent money like crazy. I mean, it’s the craziest thing I’ve done, and I’ve done a lot of crazy things. As the priest of my home, I must watch my own money and secure our finances. This is America. So people don’t consider stealing to be stealing. They just chalk it up to greed, consumerism and capitalism. I’ve let people use me. I’ve had giant entourages- people around me just to make me feel good about myself. I’ve had to learn that I had to take accountability. We always judge and tell other people what they should do, but we can only take accountability for ourselves and our children.
This Thanksgiving I’m thankful for the family that my wife has given me. I’m thankful for the life that God has given me. And I’m thankful for your time, attention and patience. In Jesus name, Amen.