UPDATED 4/5, 9:45 a.m. ET: Kanye West is leaving Coachella with a major slot to fill, but the organizers are reportedly understanding of his situation.
TMZ shares that organizers for the annual music festival said they aren’t angry at Ye for his last-minute cancellation and that if he needs time to himself, they’re okay with that. The sources were surprised by Yeezy dropping out, allegedly learning about his plan to not perform from the outlet’s report on Monday.
The multi-hyphenate’s team has yet to provide a reason for his cancellation. TMZ writes that its sources “tell us there’s not currently another artist locked in to take Ye’s Sunday spot.”
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Kanye West was scheduled to give headlining performances at both weekends of Coachella this year, but now he’s reportedly dropped out of the festival.
Ye was apparently planning to bring Travis Scott onstage, in what would have been the latter’s first major live performance since the fatal Astroworld Festival crowd crush in November 2021. West referenced this plan on Instagram while going after Billie Eilish in early February, saying, “Yes Trav will be with me at Coachella.”
Since the festival is scheduled for next week, there may not be time for fest organizer Goldenvoice to secure a replacement.
Complex has reached out to one of Kanye’s representatives, as well as a rep for Goldenvoice.
It’s not clear what prompted Ye to possibly drop out of the festival, but the report comes not long after he was pulled from the 2022 Grammys performance lineup allegedly due to his “concerning online behavior.” Ye, who once shared a video of him urinating on one of his Grammys, did not publicly comment on the decision.
The 44-year-old artist allegedly informed Kim Kardashian recently that he plans to “go away to get help” following his string of questionable public moments. Ye’s newly hired head of media and partnerships, Jason Lee of Hollywood Unlocked, denied that report, saying, “If you don’t hear it from his mouth, read it from his social media, or get it from a press release he approved it’s simply false.”