Kanye West Talks About Mother Donda West's Death in Q Interview: "If I Had Never Moved to L.A. She'd Be Alive"

The rapper made his comments to Q magazine and also spoke about his and Kim Kardashian's 2-year-old daughter, North West

By Corinne Heller Jun 26, 2015 6:32 PMTags
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Despite his financial success and happiness with his growing family, Kanye West carries a heavy burden.

The 38-year-old Atlanta-born Grammy-winning rapper, producer, fashion designer and husband of Kim Kardashian opens up about his mother's 2007 death in an interview with U.K. music magazine Q, published in its August 2015 issue, which features him on the cover.

Asked what he has sacrificed for his success, Kanye said, "My mom."

His mother, Donda West, an English professor-turned-manager, died at age 58 after suffering complications from plastic surgery at a Los Angeles-area hospital.

"If I had never moved to L.A. she'd be alive," Q quoted Kanye as saying. "I don't want to go far into it because it will bring me to tears."

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The rapper pays tribute to his mother and to his and Kim's daughter North West, 2, in his single "Only One," a collaboration with Sir Paul McCartney. He also got tattoos honoring them both earlier this year. Kim is currently pregnant with their second child, a baby boy.

In his interview with Q, Kanye talked about how he makes sure to spend quality time with North, or as her parents often call her, Nori.

"While [Nori's] here in Europe I have to have six hours a day with her because otherwise I'll just work and she'll get scheduled around meetings," he was quoted as saying. "Instead, the meetings get scheduled around her."

Kanye is headlining the 2015 Glastonbury Festival this weekend. A Change.org petition was recently launched calling on organizers to cancel his appearance in favor of another rock band, saying the rapper is "an insult to music fans all over the world."

"We think the story this year should not be, 'Why is Kanye coming?' but, 'How amazing is it that Kanye is coming?,'" festival co-organizer Emily Eaves wrote in The Guardian. "There is no question in my mind that we have got one of the greatest artists of his generation headlining, and we have no regrets at all about booking him."