Rapper Kanye West says he’s serious about running for US president in 2020 but that he has “a lot of growing up to do” before then.
West, who is married to reality TV star Kim Kardashian, said he planned to run for the White House in 2020 at the end of a rambling speech at the MTV Video Music Awards show in Los Angeles last month.
The declaration was largely seen as a joke, but asked whether he intended to go ahead, the Jesus Walks singer told Vanity Fair magazine “Oh, definitely.”
Grammy-winning West, 38, said that after the initial, stunned reaction, people were positive about the idea, despite his reputation for angry outbursts.
“As soon as I said that, it was like, ‘Wait a second, we would really be into that, because actually if you think about it, he’s extremely thoughtful. Every time he’s ever gotten in trouble, he was really jumping in front of a bullet for someone else. He’s probably the most honest celebrity that we have.’ I didn’t approach that because I thought it would be fun,” West was quoted as telling the magazine.
“I sit in clubs and I’m like, ‘Wow, I’ve got five years before I go and run for office and I’ve got a lot of research to do, I’ve got a lot of growing up to do’.”
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