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Kanye West says seeing ex Kim Kardashian in Balenciaga campaign is 'bittersweet' but 'awesome'


Kanye West admitted that he had ‘bittersweet’ feelings about his estranged wife Kim Kardashian’s new Balenciaga campaign in an Instagram post from Thursday.

The 44-year-old rapper shared a photo from Manhattan’s Times Square showing several billboards featuring a monumental Kardashian in various outfits from the Spanish fashion house, though he deleted it about an hour later.

Kanye also added that the display was ‘awesome,’ making his post a rare positive note involving his ex amid a bevy of posts mocking her boyfriend Pete Davidson and revealing what appear to be her private communications with the hitmaker.  

Mixed feelings: Kanye West, 44, said it was 'bitter sweet' to see his ex Kim Kardashian on multiple Balenciaga billboards in Manhattan's Times Square in an Instagram post from Thursday

Mixed feelings: Kanye West, 44, said it was ‘bitter sweet’ to see his ex Kim Kardashian on multiple Balenciaga billboards in Manhattan’s Times Square in an Instagram post from Thursday

The exes both have a complicated relationship with Balenciaga, as Kardashian has become a face of the brand, while West is also an avid wearer of its clothing and last month announced a collaboration with the brand for his ongoing Gap line.

The photo West posted shows previously released images of his ex in a long leopard-print coat over a black bodysuit and edgy black leather boots decorated with several buckles.

Another billboard showed her reclining on a sofa in a black bodysuit with tall black boots and a busy lime green handbag. 

The reality star was also seen standing in a hallway wearing a black coat and carrying a white bag in another image.

The photos were taken by photographer Stef Mitchell at Kardashian’s home in Calabasas, which she used to share with her estranged husband.

Confusing: West also wrote that it was 'awesome' and offered 'all positive energy,' but it wasn't clear if he was happy for Kardashian, 41, or for his fashion partner Balenciaga; seen January 23  in Paris

Confusing: West also wrote that it was ‘awesome’ and offered ‘all positive energy,’ but it wasn’t clear if he was happy for Kardashian, 41, or for his fashion partner Balenciaga; seen January 23  in Paris

‘This Balenciaga campaign premiered in Time Square today. I know ya’ll can understand that this is bitter sweet for me,’ he wrote in his caption, adding, ‘This is awesome. All positive energy.’

It wasn’t clear from the campaign the more-positive tail end of his caption was wishing ‘positive energy’ for his ex, or the fashion house that he has partnered with. 

In January, he announced the campaign, titled Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga, which was followed days later by his Heaven And Hell video, which he premiered during the College Football National Championship Game, which was broadcast on ESPN. 

‘It is a vision come true to work with Gap and Demna, the creative director of Balenciaga, to make incredible product available to everyone at all times,’ the Flashing Lights hitmaker told Vogue after announcing the deal on Instagram.

The collaboration is expected to drop in June release with a second set of releases coming later in 2022, and the video featured several masked figures wearing black hoodies that are part of West’s Gap collaboration.

Both entwined: While Kim is a new face of the Spanish fashion house, last month her ex unveiled a collaboration between his brand Yeezy and Balenciaga for Gap; seen in March 2020 in Paris

Both entwined: While Kim is a new face of the Spanish fashion house, last month her ex unveiled a collaboration between his brand Yeezy and Balenciaga for Gap; seen in March 2020 in Paris

Both West and Kardashian have long been fans of Balenciaga and have worn the fashion house’s edgy designs, but their relationship intensified last year, even after the Keeping up With The Kardashians star filed for divorced in January 2021.

Kim subsequently wore a striking black bodysuit with a complete facial covering from the brand to The Met Gala in September, and she wore a hot pink Balenciaga suit when she host Saturday Night Live in October.

Since then, both have continued to rep that fashion house, and Kanye even dressed his ex-girlfriend Julia Fox in its designs.

West’s possibly warm comment about his ex comes as he continues to share mocking posts about her boyfriend Pete Davidson on Instagram, along with posts apparently revealing his private conversations with her. 

That was then: The Monster rapper recently appeared to have reached a turning point when he admitted in a since-deleted post that his behavior toward his ex had been 'harassing,'

Oh well: He also vowed to 'take accountability,' though he has since given up on that

That was then: The Monster rapper recently appeared to have reached a turning point when he admitted in a since-deleted post that his behavior toward his ex had been ‘harassing,’ while he also vowed to ‘take accountability,’ though he has since given up on that

The Monster rapper recently appeared to have reached a turning point when he admitted in a since-deleted post that his behavior toward his ex had been ‘harassing,’ while he also vowed to ‘take accountability.’

Those words appear to have been soon forgotten, as the hitmaker returned to attacking Pete on social media.

On Thursday, he posted a shot of the comedian wearing a red ‘Make Kanye 2006 Again’ hat modeled off the MAGA hat that he wore to signal his support for former President Donald Trump.

In the original Weekend Update comedy skit, Pete also poked fun at Kanye being ‘off his meds.’ 

‘HI SKETE YOU GOT ANYMORE MENTAL HEALTH JOKES FOR ME?’ the rapper — who suffers from bipolar disorder — captioned his antagonistic post.

No respite: Despite admitting that his behavior toward Kim had been 'harassing,' Kanye returned to attacking her beau Pete Davidson on Instagram recently

No respite: Despite admitting that his behavior toward Kim had been ‘harassing,’ Kanye returned to attacking her beau Pete Davidson on Instagram recently 

Fixated: He followed up with a post attacking gossip blogger Perez Hilton for joking about mental health, only to delete his feed and then post a new photo of Perez, this time using his birth name in the caption

Fixated: He followed up with a post attacking gossip blogger Perez Hilton for joking about mental health, only to delete his feed and then post a new photo of Perez, this time using his birth name in the caption

Kanye subsequently posted a photo of SNL creator Lorne Michaels, suggesting he was ‘Next up’ for mocking, as well as a post criticizing gossip blogger Perez Hilton.

‘Perez I got a question directly for you Do you find jokes about mental health funny?’ he wrote, before deleting his entire feed.

But he was back to posting later on Thursday, and he included a new Perez post, this time referring to him by his birth name, Mario Armando Lavandeira Jr. 

Pete made a return to Instagram on Wednesday after time away from the platform, and fans were surprised to see that Kanye had followed his account, despite the constant attacks and mocking posts. 

Pete and Kim have been dating since November of last year, shortly after they appeared together during her hosting debut on SNL in October.

Going strong: Pete and Kim have been dating since November of last year, shortly after they appeared together during her hosting debut on SNL in October; seen with Flavor Flav and Kris Jenner

Going strong: Pete and Kim have been dating since November of last year, shortly after they appeared together during her hosting debut on SNL in October; seen with Flavor Flav and Kris Jenner

During that episode, they appeared to share their first kiss in a sketch inspired by Disney’s Aladdin. 

Kim had previously filed for divorce from Kanye in February 2021, after nearly seven years of marriage.

Amid Kanye’s recent posts was an apparent screenshot of a text message from Kim criticizing him for his repeated attack on Pete, which she worried could escalate to violence.

She told her ex that he was ‘creating a dangerous and scary environment and someone will hurt Pete and this will be all your fault,’ later adding, ‘There are dangerous people out there and this is scary and it doesn’t have to be.’ 

But he didn’t seem to care, as he continued escalating the situation by sharing a screenshot of a text in which Kim sounded exasperated as she asked why he couldn’t keep their conversations private.

In February 2021, Kardashian filed for divorce from West after nearly seven-years of marriage. The former couple share four children: North, eight, Saint, six, Chicago, four, and Psalm, two. 

Scary: Amid Kanye's recent posts was an apparent screenshot of a text message from Kim criticizing him for his repeated attack on Pete, which she worried could escalate to violence

Scary: Amid Kanye’s recent posts was an apparent screenshot of a text message from Kim criticizing him for his repeated attack on Pete, which she worried could escalate to violence

Not letting up: But he didn't seem to care, as he continued escalating the situation by sharing a screenshot of a text in which Kim sounded exasperated as she asked why he couldn't keep their conversations private

Not letting up: But he didn’t seem to care, as he continued escalating the situation by sharing a screenshot of a text in which Kim sounded exasperated as she asked why he couldn’t keep their conversations private

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