Kanye West has opened up about his relationship with the paparazzi, revealing his father once worked as a celebrity snapper and the rapper often counts on photographers to help him with everyday tasks.
He reportedly made the admission during a deposition as part of a legal battle with photographer Daniel Ramos, who is suing the star over a scuffle at Los Angeles International Airport last year (13). During his testimony, obtained by Dailymail.co.uk, West insists he has a special connection to the paparazzi because his father Ray West, who was a photojournalist for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, was once one of them.
He says, "My father was a paparazzo himself. My father was a medical illustrator, a Black Panther, a Christian marriage counsellor. My mother was the first black chair of the English department in Chicago State. They didn't raise me to be out here wrestling with random paparazzi in front of LAX." West goes on to insist he trusts some snappers enough to get in a car with them, and they often help him out with parking and avoiding traffic tickets.
He adds, "Sometimes I get in the car with the paparazzi. Paparazzi help me to park. The paparazzi watch my car and makes sure that cops don't give me tickets (sic). There are some nice guys out here trying to just feed their family."
The Stronger hitmaker also reveals he was in an emotional state at the time of the bust-up with Ramos as he had just found out his grandfather was seriously ill.
West was convicted of battery for attacking Ramos, but insists he did not mean to hurt the snapper. He was sentenced to two years of probation, anger management sessions, and 250 hours of community service.