Kanye West Admits He Wasn’t Doing Well After Kobe Bryant’s Death: ‘He Was One Of My Best Friends’

Kanye West reflected on his close relationship with ‘best friend’, the late Kobe Bryant in a candid interview on April 15. Ye’ admitted that Kobe was the ‘basketball version’ of him and revealed how the NBA icon’s death changed him.

Kanye West opened up about how Kobe Bryant‘s death deeply affected him in a new interview with GQ, published on April 15. However, the interview was conducted on the morning of January 29 — 72 hours after the NBA icon’s tragic death in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, CA that also took the life of his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna “GiGi” Bryant. The “Closed On Sunday” rapper, 42, admitted that despite showing up for the interview, he was not in a good place at the time. 

“Not good,” he said when asked how he was doing. The interviewer then asked, “How come?” to which Ye’ replied, “Because, Kobe was one of my best friends.”

The father of four went on to explain how he and Kobe were very similar. “Everyone in our life is now a member of the Lakers on one of Kobe’s championship teams,” he said, explaining, “The way that Kobe would say that we all have to come together and win this championship is the way I look at life now. To an infinite, other level. This is a game changer for me. He was the basketball version of me, and I was the rap version of him, and that’s facts!”

Kanye and Kobe’s friendship wasn’t something either one of them broadcasted. Their friendship blossomed through the years after they starred in memorable Nike commercials together. Ye would eventually sit court-side at Lakers games through the years, and the two were spotted in the City of Angels on many occasions. And, Kobe loved Ye’s song “All Day,” which was released in 2015, the rapper once noted during Sunday Service.

Kanye West covers ‘GQ’s May 2020 issue, on stands April 21. (Photo credit: Tyler Mitchell) 

“We got the commercials that prove it. No one else can say this. We came up at the same time, together,” Yeezy said. “And now it’s like, yeah, I might have had a reputation for screaming about things — but I’m not taking any mess for an answer now. We’re about to build a paradigm shift for humanity. We ain’t playing with ’em. We bringing home the trophies.”

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