Kanye West has been called many things, but these days the best description — according to him — is family man.
The 36-year-old rapper appeared on Kris Jenner’s daytime talk show “Kris” on Friday to discuss his relationship with Jenner’s daughter, Kim Kardashian, and their new addition, North.
But if Kanye was smart, he’d hire Jenner as part of his PR team. The reality TV momager, who has extended her family’s brand from E! to Fox with this test run of her talk show, reiterated several times that the stone-faced and difficult Kanye portrayed in the media is not the man she’s come to know. (Kanye, after all, is now living in her home.)
“I’m so excited that I’ve gotten to know you like I have,” Jenner said. “There are a lot of things that people don’t know about you that are so interesting to me that I want other people to hear.”
Kanye spoke about the effect of the birth on his outlook.
“To me it’s such a blessing, and I feel like it’s going to give me the stability that I need to really create and really do God’s work in the way I should,” Kanye, wearing a “what would Jesus do” bracelet, told Jenner.
“Someone to be accountable, someone to be responsible for. After I lost my mother there were times I felt like I would put my life at risk, I felt like sometimes I didn’t have something to live for. Now I have two really special people to live for, a whole family to live for. I want people, when they remember me and my family, their thought association to be someone who helped, someone who brought joy.”
He did bring plenty of joy to Jenner’s show, as she beamed while displaying North’s photo for the audience. North, who was born June 15, has her mother’s eyes and father’s cheeks, according to Jenner.
“The thing I think about as a dad is just protection. That’s my only goal, to Kanye said his goal is “to protect my daughter. That’s my instinct.”
“To give my daughter as many opportunities to just be a child. Of course, a big thing that plagues us is this idea of the paparazzi chasing a 5-year-old around and screaming at them. ... You have enough things to deal with and to learn being a new parent and you add that on top of it, and it becomes really intense.”
According to Jenner, Kanye’s been into his girlfriend for a long, long time, and would even use Photoshop to draw himself into the yearly Kardashian-Jenner Christmas card. (Seriously — Jenner showed proof.)
Although he couldn’t quite remember the first time he met Kardashian, 32, Kanye did know it was love at first sight.
“I’m trying to remember if the first time we met was her being in the studio when she was Brandy’s assistant, and I think she brought us in, like, something to drink,” he said. “Or it might’ve been when I was doing Brandy’s video and I remember asking my manager, ‘Who is that girl right there?’ ... I was in love with her before I even got to talk to her.”