Rapper Kanye West has said that God led him to interrupt singer Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. The infamous moment saw West grab the microphone and declare that Beyonce "had one of the best videos of all time!" much to Swift's dismay.
The incident led to years of feuding between Swift, West and his wife Kim Kardashian West. However, having previously blamed alcohol for the incident, Kanye is now saying that God led him to jump up on stage.
"Right now, God is giving me the information and he ain’t gave me no other information other than this information, so that means he wants me to say this now,” West told comedian Nick Cannon on his YouTube interview series. “If God ain’t want me to run on stage and say Beyoncé had the best video, he wouldn’t have sat me in the front row."
He added: “I would’ve been sitting in the back, they wouldn’t have made it the first award and they wouldn’t have made it so ridiculous of an idea, because I had never heard of this person before then. And ‘Single Ladies’ is one of the greatest videos of all time.”
West, who has spoken candidly about his mental health struggles, also said that he delved into the Bible after being hospitalised with bipolar disorder back in 2016.
"God brought me to my knees multiple times," he said. "The first time that I was put into the hospital in 2016, I actually started reading the bible. That was part of what God hit me with. You know, God has a calling on all of us and he uses us in different ways."
Last month, West announced that he was looking into developing a faith-based version of the popular video-sharing app "TikTok".
"A VISION JUST CAME TO ME... JESUS TOK I WAS WATCHING TIK TOK WITH MY DAUGHTER AND AS A CHRISTIAN FATHER I WAS DISTURBED BY A LOT OF THE CONTENT BUT I COMPLETELY LOVED THE TECHNOLOGY," he tweeted. The rapper added that he was seeking to "collaborate with Tik Tok to make a Christian monitored version that feels safe for young children and the world in Jesus name".
A few days later, West confirmed that he had been in touch with TikTok about the idea.
"I'll keep everyone updated," he added.