THEIR divorce has been one of the stormiest in showbiz – but falling to his knees and sobbing as he begged forgiveness from estranged wife Kim Kardashian, troubled Kanye West hinted they may be ready to bury the hatchet.

At the chaotic launch of his new album Donda, the rapper appeared with a stocking over his face as he admitted he had “hidden a lot of lies” and repeatedly ranted: “I’m losing my family” — in scenes likely to spark further concern for his wellbeing.


Glamorous Kim and their four children were the star guests as Kanye played songs containing a raft of emotional outbursts and admissions of his own “lies” and mistakes — in what increasingly felt like a direct message to his wife.

It was his first opportunity to have his say in public on the break-up, which followed months of bizarre outbursts and mental health struggles.

Taking to the stage in Atlanta, Georgia, to present new track Welcome To My Life, he wailed: “I’m losing my family, God how could you leave? I hid a hundred lies but I repent for everything and I’m going to do it again.”

The song begins with a speech from his mother Donda, who died in 2007 following a number of cosmetic surgeries.

Kanye, 44, later rapped that he went into “deep depression” after her death, before playing clips in which she says: “Two lessons my father passed along to his children.

“The first is that no matter what, you never abandon your family. The second is that no matter what, you must love unconditionally.”

'HUNDRED LIES'

In another track Kanye jibes again at Kim: “I don’t care about the lawyer fees, I don’t care about your loyalties,” while in New Again he admits: “I hid a hundred lies.”

Kim, 40, filed for divorce in February, citing irreconcilable differences.

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The legal move came after years of speculation that their marriage was on the rocks — and a lengthy period when the couple lived apart.

While Kanye stayed at their Wyoming ranch, Kim moved to their mansion in Calabasas, California, with their children.

The couple married in Florence, Italy, in 2014 and now share custody of their daughters North, eight, Chicago, three, and sons Saint, five, and Psalm, two. In the final track of the new album, Heaven And Hell, Kanye concedes that Kim can “take everything, take what you want, let it go, we are liars” — but insists “single life ain’t so bad”.

Three-times-married Kim has been rumoured to be dating 52-year-old CNN presenter Van Jones, although the pair are yet to go public.

Earlier this month the reality TV star and would-be lawyer set fans’ tongues wagging when she captioned an Instagram post: “You bring out the best in me.”

Meanwhile, Kanye was pictured in France with model Irina Shayk, 35, confirming their new relationship.

The new record, his first since the split, comes after a turbulent few years for Kanye as he battled his mental health problems.

MENTAL HEALTH BATTLE

Last July Kim begged for compassion for his bipolar disorder and told social media followers: “The family is powerless unless the member is a minor.”

That month Kanye also embarked on a failed attempt to win the US presidential election.

Days later, during his first pre-election rally, he broke down in tears, saying he had almost been aborted and claimed he and Kim had almost “killed” their unborn daughter North, also via a termination.

He received just 66,365 votes in the 12 states he had ballot access to — an average of 0.32 per cent of the vote.



He then conceded defeat in a tweet, implying he would try again at the next election, saying: “Kanye 2024.”

For the time being he seems to have returned to his biggest passion project — music.

Advertising his album launch at Atlanta’s Mercedes Benz Stadium, his song No Child Left Behind appeared on an advert for Beats By Dre audio products.

In the track, Kanye repeatedly sings the lyrics about God: “He’s done miracles on me.”

The show got off to a rocky start, delayed by almost two hours after the planned 8pm local time start time, prompting fans to boo and chant: “We want Ye”.

When he eventually emerged, he was wearing a red jacket and matching trousers with orange Yeezy trainers — and the head covering.

Throughout his 50-minute appearance he skipped around and danced aggressively and at times stopped completely still, bowing his head and dropping to his knees as though overcome by emotion.

He often pointed to the sky for several minutes, and images of the moon and stars were projected around the arena.

GOSPEL ALBUM

And as Kanye walked off after the final song, he stopped for a few moments, facing fans before finally leaving. The new album takes on a gospel theme, much like his 2019 flop Jesus Is King.

Earlier that year the rapper described himself as a born-again Christian and formed Sunday Service, a church choir which would perform weekly.
Thursday evening’s event began with an organ playing as it led into the first song, You’re Gonna Be OK, in which Kanye rapped about the Devil being alive.

Later, in Pure Souls, he rapped: “Jesus has my soul. The truth is only what you get away with, huh.

“I’m the only n****r that went to the White House. Every day I put my life on the line to feed the whole clan.

“This the new me so get used to me. Looking at the mirror is the truth to me, looking at my kids is the proof to me. Father, I’m yours exclusively.”

And in the final song, Heaven And Hell, Kanye’s long-time nemesis Jay Z continues the religious theme as the duo are reunited after years of feuding.

Jay, husband of Beyoncé, raps: “God in my cells, that’s my celly. Made in the image of God, that’s a selfie.

“Pray five times a day, so many felonies. Who gon’ post my bail? Lord, help me. Hol’ up, Donda, I’m with your baby.”

Referring to their 2011 album Watch The Throne, out ten years ago, he continues: “This might be the return of the throne.

“Hova and Yeezus, like Moses and Jesus.”

The new track is Jay and Kanye’s first appearance since 2016’s Pop Style with Drake — and is understood to have been recorded just hours before the event.

Their feud first emerged when Jay and Beyoncé were absent from Kanye’s wedding to Kim.

Kanye later slammed Jay for not being there in his “hour of need” when Kim was robbed at gunpoint in France in 2016.

During a concert later that year, Kanye praised Donald Trump — after which Jay called for him to stop supporting the future President — before using his 2017 album 4:44 to make several jibes at Kanye, the most serious of which labelled him “insane”.

Clearly his new-found religious faith has also taught Kanye the importance of forgiveness.

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