Kanye West's antisemitism has cost him his deal with Balenciaga

Paris, France - The high-end fashion company Balenciaga has officially severed ties with Kanye West following his string of bigoted comments.

Rapper turned fashion mogul Kanye West has been officially dropped by Balenciaga following his recent controversial behavior and offensive comments.
Rapper turned fashion mogul Kanye West has been officially dropped by Balenciaga following his recent controversial behavior and offensive comments.  © Roy Rochlin/Getty Images North America/Getty Images via AFP

In a statement to Women's Wear Daily, parent company Kering stated that "Balenciaga has no longer any relationship nor any plans for future projects related to this artist."

The company also said it removed a section on Balenciaga's website that highlighted the three Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga collaborations. According to Rolling Stone, the feature items are no longer available on other major online retail stores.

West has been stoking controversy at a record pace recently. During Paris Fashion Week earlier this month, he wore a White Lives Matter shirt alongside far-right pundit Candace Owens.

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He has also attacked other artists on social media and made antisemitic comments which got him kicked off both Instagram and Twitter.

In a recent interview on the Drink Champs podcast, Ye doubled down on his remarks, also posing the idea that George Floyd died of a fentanyl overdose, which has been disproven again and again by medical examiners.

Ye formed a deep relationship with Demna Gvasalia, Balenciaga's creative director, back in 2014. They began officially collaborating in 2021, when Gvasalia served as creative director on the rapper's listening parties for his Donda album.

Gvasalia also has a close relationship with West's ex-wife Kim Kardashian, who regularly models Balenciaga products.

With Ye's business partnerships dropping like flies, Adidas seems to be the last remaining major brand associated with him. Given his recent clashes with the company, though, that might not last long either.

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