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Kanye West’s Ex Says That He Was Insecure in their Relationship

January 21, 2013 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas

One of Kanye West’s exes has opened up about what it was like to date the rapper. Brooke Crittendon, who dated West for two and a half years, spoke with the Sun about her time with him, her thoughts on his relationship with Kim Kardashian and more. Check out the highlights:

On Kanye’s love of Kim and curvy women in general: “For Kanye, what other person besides Kim Kardashian is there? There’s Halle Berry, J-Lo and Beyonce but they are all taken. She fits into his brand. Part of being untouchable is having what other people want. It’s about saying, ‘Everybody wants her and she wants me’. That makes sense in Kanye’s world. I know he has had a thing with her for a while. I’m sure he watched her tape. After we broke up, we caught up as friends and he mentioned her, I knew something was there. In Hollywood, you cannot say ‘forever’. Them being together satisfies them for now. Having a baby ticks a box. She wanted kids and it’s his legacy.”

On her relationship with Kanye: “By day I was working in an office and in the evening this fairy godmother would arrive and I’d have all these amazing experiences. It was like a two-year trip to Disneyland. We went to his first Grammy Awards together in 2006. He was nominated for Album Of The Year for Late Registration and U2 won. I remember Bono came to his dressing room after the show and said he thought Kanye should have won and that he was a big fan. Our first anniversary was the first day of his tour in Miami. After the show we went back to our suite and there were hundreds of roses and the orchestra section from his concert were in there playing the song, It’s Our Anniversary, by Tony! Toni! Tone! His place in New York was opulent. I remember this chair that was made completely of teddy bears. He loved it. And he had this Sistine Chapel thing going on in the dining room. Someone had hand-painted these cherubs all over the ceiling.”

On Kanye’s insecurities dooming their relationship: “He was not macho — he needed you to be with him and needed your opinion. He was quite vulnerable. He was insecure as he couldn’t be with me every day. I got the impression he worried he wasn’t good enough for me. He needs people to tell him he is good and that he is needed and wanted. He wouldn’t start his show unless I was at the side of the stage. One night the show was delayed because he couldn’t find me. He refused to go on till I’d told him it was going to be OK.”

On their split: “I was very naive. I was a normal girl and in my life you meet a guy, you go on three dates and that’s your boyfriend. But he was a superstar and it got too much for me to handle. I was never OK being one of many — or even one of a few. There was a lot of attention from other women. Kanye was very open and honest but it ended up with me knowing too much. I don’t want to be silly and say it wasn’t cheating because I knew about it. But he wanted and needed me to be OK with certain things I wasn’t OK with. He was a good boyfriend in f***ed-up circumstances. It ended because there were a lot of arguments and a lot of fights. It became really nasty…He definitely had an appreciation for the feminine form and a curiosity. As a celebrity, sex becomes cheap but his obsession with sex was more sophisticated.”

On Kanye’s desire to be like Jay-Z: “He admires Jay-Z and they are very close. Over the years Jay has been a role model to him. Whether it is starting to be more mature, taking chances with clothes or getting married and starting a family, ultimately he takes those cues from Jay.”

On Kanye and Kim’s relationship: “I watched the show when he made Kim throw away all her old clothes. I see why something like that could be demeaning — robbing her of her individuality. There was a pressure on me to change overnight, to be a certain way, to dress a certain way. But the Kardashians are accustomed to that anyway. I was just a normal girl. I was surprised to see him appear on that Kardashian show at all. I think the decision to not feature the baby is him putting his foot down. But that’s her family’s business. So to say the kid is not going to participate in the family business — we’ll see how possible that can be.”


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