Kanye West feels no ill will toward photographer Annie Leibovitz, according to a joint statement released by the two on Thursday (June 19).
The explanation comes just days after Yeezy, during a panel discussion at the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, commented on Leibovitz’s role — or, more specifically, her lack of a role — in what became the most-liked Instagram photo of all-time, capturing a kiss between newlyweds Kanye and Kim Kardashian.
“Let me tell you something about that kiss photo that my girl put up…this was pissing my girl off during the honeymoon, she was exhausted because we worked on the photo so much because Annie Leibovitz pulled out right before the wedding,” ’Ye said earlier this week, according to the Los Angeles Times. “I think that she was, like, scared of the idea of celebrity.”
The newly released statement, however, says that those comments were “taken out of context and sensationalized.”
“Although Kanye expressed frustration that he was not able to collaborate with Annie Leibovitz at his recent wedding, he is not assigning blame, and is not accusing Annie in any way,” the statement continued. “Kanye and Annie’s representatives were in negotiations for weeks that were not completed by the time of the wedding.”
A representative for the famed photographer, who shot Kanye and Kim’s recent Vogue cover, added, “Annie would have been happy to do the portrait but she was never confirmed.”
“Kanye West dreams big,” the statement concluded. “He loves and respects Annie as a true artist and wanted to bring her eye for beauty to the imagery of the event.”