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Prior to the cancellation of his Saint Pablo tour dates, Kanye West essentially accused Beyoncé of manipulating the MTV Video Music Awards in her favor.
“Beyoncé, I was hurt because I heard that you said you wouldn’t perform unless you won Video of the Year over me and over 'Hotline Bling,'” West said in his infamous Sacramento rant. “In my opinion—now, don’t go trying to diss Beyoncé. She is great. Taylor Swift is great. We are all great people. We are all equal.”
The claims came after previous tour stops featuring West hinting at friction between himself and Jay Z after Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint in Paris. According to a fresh round of tabloid gossip, the youngest member of the Carter family helped to patch things up.
“The Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and the “Fade” rapper went to celebrate Beyoncé and Jay Z’s daughter Blue Ivy’s fifth birthday,” reported Us magazine, citing an article and exclusive pictures from X17. “They didn’t bring along their children, daughter North, three, and son Saint, 13 months, with them, however.”
Blue Ivy celebrated her fifth birthday on Saturday, Jan. 7. West took a massive PR hit after interrupting Taylor Swift during the 2009 MTV VMAs in defense of Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It).” Prior to his Sacramento rant and alleged, subsequent hospitalization, West noted the criticism he took for his unsolicited interruption and issues between Apple and Tidal as sources for a growing rift between himself, Beyoncé, and Jay Z.