Kanye West: ‘I’m moving back to Chicago and I’m never leaving again’

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Kanye West loves California. It inspires him. His music and his fashion line have been influenced by “Calabasas,” the area where he lives with his family. Kanye and Kim have owned homes all over Los Angeles, and I can’t even keep track of it all. Kim has always been LA-based, but Kanye does like to travel, and he especially likes to leave LA to record his music. So… what to make of this? Kanye announced that he’s moving back to Chicago full-time.

Kanye West is moving to Chicago … but that doesn’t mean he’s abandoning L.A. Kanye made the announcement Monday at a Windy City event with Chance the Rapper, saying, “I gotta let y’all know that I’m moving back to Chicago and I’m never leaving again.”

We know a thing or two about the latest development, and it has nothing to do with Kanye fleeing Los Angeles, where he lives with Kim Kardashian West and their 3 kids. Sources close to Kanye say he and Kim have already found a home in Chi-Town and that’s where we know he wants to establish his permanent residence, but they are keeping all of their properties in L.A. In addition to the house they just built, they have multiple properties in L.A., including 300 acres that Kanye is developing, and that project is still a go. We’re told Kanye will move his Yeezy offices from Calabasas to Chicago.

It’s a little confusing, but we’re told Kanye views it this way … that he will have a home base in Chicago, but apparently he believes he can have more than one home base.

You’ll recall … Kanye launched Donda’s House — named after his mom — in Chicago in 2013. It’s a place for artists to develop their skills and collab with others.

[From TMZ]

My interpretation is that Chicago is about to become Kanye’s work-base and he’ll still consider LA his home-base. I think there are two solid possibilities here. One possibility is that Kanye just wants to support the artistic community in Chicago and wants to be a part of some kind of Chicago Renaissance, even if he’s not going to be there full-time. The second possibility is that Kanye is speaking the truth and he’ll be moving to Chicago full time and Kim will be in LA full-time and they’ll just live like that. I’m not sure that people realize that… Kanye and Kim have always spent a lot of time apart. That’s been their relationship from the beginning. Even when Kim was pregnant with North, Kanye spent months at a time working and living in Paris. I tend to think their marriage works better that way, when they aren’t together a lot of the time.

Kim Kardashian gets a helping hand from her man Kanye West while they grab ice cream

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  1. Lala11_7 says:

    I think it will be good for him to go home…folks are celebrating from 75th to the Wyld 100s!!!! I hope this turns out to be a consistently good transition for him….

  2. grabbyhands says:

    Question – does Chicago even want you after the way you and your wife sh*t all over Donda’s House (something she has never apologized for and dropped after it quit being newsworthy) because someone dared to question why you ignored it?

    I would ask you to take your wife and her entire horrible family with you if you go and never leave, but I would feel bad asking the city to take on that burden.

  3. LORENA says:

    They work better when they are apart because their relationship is one of convenience. It’s so obvious there is no heat at all between them, they don’t even look like they are intimate. Kim does not seem attracted to him at all and I think for him shes his fashion muse, and his beard

  4. Elena says:

    Kim loves…Kim. Long distance relationships probably work fine for her.

    • Erinn says:

      And Kanye loves Kanye.

      I don’t know about these two. I think they do genuinely care about each other. I don’t know whether it’s a romantic love, or more of a friendship or what – but they do seem for the most part suited in some strange strange way.

      I know there’s plenty of couples who travel for work separately and don’t spend the kind of time living with their spouses as I do with mine. And for some people that seems to really work out fine. Not for everyone, clearly, but some people are more comfortable being able to do their own thing, and I guess when they find someone else who’s the same that can work out really well. I can imagine every time you end up in the same place at the same time that you’d be extra excited to see them, which is a nice little bonus. But I’m not someone who can live like that. I grew up with both parents at home, and a dad that went in to work really early, and would be home by around 2 or 3 pm and only have to put in overtime just before the holidays. He’d get something like 8 weeks vacation, and take it during our breaks from school. I have a friend who’s dad traveled a lot and worked really long hours so he was gone a lot. She’s completely content with her husband picking up a bunch of overtime and traveling for work when needed. She encourages the overtime, honestly, because that’s what she grew up with. My husbands dad sold hardwood and would cut land for people. His mother worked in the woods with him – so he’s used to being at the home base. It works out well for all of us, but I’m thankful I found someone who only likes to do the occasional overtime when he wants to justify splurging on something he doesn’t really need because for me, I’m more interested in spending time than having the extra cash.

  5. HK9 says:

    Boy bye! My condolences to the good people of Chicago though.

  6. ByTheSea says:

    So many things. First, Donda’s House is the organization he co-created and then abandoned.

    Second, he and Kim have always lived apart. She always has to call him or e-mail him or even tweet him when things are going down. Frankly, I think that’s the only way she can deal with him and that’s why they will probably last for a few more years.

    Last, Kanye is very Trump-like; there are a lot of words and grandiose ideas that he actually never really fulfills. So, I’m sure he’ll rent space, maybe even buy a house, but he won’t hire any Chicagoans and he’ll be bored with the concept within a few months. Then when someone calls him on it, Kim will fly in to cape for him and show “receipts.” (Not cause she cares but because she has to protect her own brand.)

  7. RBC says:

    Kim and Kanye will continue to live separate lives. There is no way that Kim will relocate to Chicago full time. Of course there will be separation/divorce rumours but Kim(Kris) will only pull the plug on this marriage where it will somehow benefit them and not cause damage to the “brand”. They learned after the 72 day marriage to Kris Humphries and the fallout

    • jwoolman says:

      I don’t think Kim likes the Midwest in general. She seemed horrified at the idea of living here even part-time with Husband #2 (although i’m sure she told him otherwise before the wedding) and was probably astonished that we even have airports and cities. Chicago is a big city but is still in the horrible Midwest.

      Kim seems ok with NYC or Florida, though. Not permanently, but long enough for a tv season as long as her sisters and mother are around.

      Kim’s oldest kid Nori is very close to her cousin, Kourtney’s girl, so Kim can legitimately use that as an excuse to stay where she is. Young children don’t maintain friendships long distance very well. Plus Kim has business reasons for staying in the LA area.

      But I think the move has more to do with Kanye wanting to put more distance between himself and Kim. He has always had low tolerance for actually being around her and the kids for very long. This will be easier for everybody. Except Chicago. Sorry.

  8. Floydee Mercer says:

    Never say never, Kanye. What if you get a call from your pal Donnie with a cabinet appointment for ya? Surely you couldn’t let your country and your fellow Americans down now.

    • KLO says:

      Maybe it`s better for the kids. Just sayin. How much time is he spending with them NOW?

      • jwoolman says:

        I would guess it’s definitely better for the kids. Kanye has so many difficulties and I doubt that small children are easy for him to be around (and the kids are probably confused by him). In my dysfunctional family, we did much better with a dad who only occasionally popped in and even better when he stopped even yearly visits. (And that was before the parents were officially divorced, he just managed to get a job on another continent.) Really, adults who behave erratically are very stressful for kids. Kim has her own problems but she also has a lot of other people around the kids to compensate.

        But does Kanye still have family in Chicago? I know his mom had moved out to California with him. That would be one advantage for the kids, being closer to family and more cousins if so. But wasn’t he an only child? His family connections there may be more tenuous then. I know he has family that has spent a lot of time with Nori in LA, even put on the payroll in at least one case. His aunt was also around a lot when Nori was a baby (thank goodness…), don’t know if she still is. Maybe close family migrated to the LA area when his mom was alive, that happened with my mother’s family — one person moved to a different area for a job long long ago and after that, people who wanted to relocate had a place to stay while getting jobs and housing themselves. So there are two separate enclaves for her family as a result.

  9. Christopher says:

    This tells me he is serious about a 2024 Presidential run, he is laying the political ground floor in Chicago for himself! Just watch he is going to get more & more political now
    It’s what he always wanted

  10. Beth says:

    Every time I go to Massachusetts, I say I’m moving back there and never leaving, but when my flight leaves, I’m on the plane heading back to Florida. Him and Kim seem to handle living separate lives, and I doubt she would leave California, so maybe he really is moving back

  11. Mego says:

    Kanye does love making pronouncements.

  12. booboocita says:

    Ever see the movie, “Barbershop: The Final Cut”? In one scene, someone suggests that they ask Kanye to do a benefit concert for the neighborhood, and someone else yells, “Kanye’s not coming back! Kanye’s a Kardashian now!”

  13. Jaded1 says:

    First Bieber wants to join my country and now Kanye wants to rejoin my city (and bring Kim with him). What horrible things did we do to deserve this?!

  14. Relli80 says:

    People calling it Chi-town is so lame. Kim is never moving here there is no paparazzi, whose going to photograph all her very important moments of the day. It will be like when Kristin Calamari was dating Jay and she would “just happen to get caught walking her dog on Michigan Ave.” Whose taking your picture? The guy dressed as The Tinman who robots to Michael Jackson or the guy who preaches about Christianity from his bullhorn.

  15. Kris says:

    Look at those fucking ridiculous shoes! Money does not buy taste.

  16. Amelie says:

    Kim will never move herself and her kids to Chicago full-time. She is a California LA girl through and through and will never be able to live elsewhere. Khloe has tried a few times–Austin when she was married to Lamar, Cleveland to give birth to True to be with Tristan. In the end, they always come back to LA to be close to family and friends. I don’t blame them for it but I doubt any of them will ever live in any other place aside from California/LA.

    However it is true that you don’t need to live 100% of the time with your spouse to have a successful marriage. It can be done. I should preface that my parents were married for 28 years and had lived together all that time before they decided to do this so they had a very solid relationship. My sister and I were also grown, I had just graduated from college when she took this job. But they’ve been living apart during the work week for the last 8 years when my mom left her job in NYC to take a job in Boston. My dad didn’t want to relocate because he liked his job and my mom never saw herself or my dad living in Boston permanently. So she got an apartment and she works and lives in Boston Monday-Friday and on Friday evening through Sunday evening/Monday morning she gets on Amtrak back to Boston. She has a lot of flexibility and will sometimes stay in NY depending on her schedule.

    So it can be done but you need to be very solid. I wouldn’t call Kim and Kanye rock solid like my parents.

    • I adore my husband but your parents lives sound like something I would aspire to.I don’t know about 5 days apart,but 4,sounds great-enough time to yourselves,and the time you have together is time to really enjoy each other-Maybe when our daughter is in college this could work for us…

      • LaBlah says:

        The only way I can maintain a long relationship is if we either live apart or at least live apart part time. For the next few years my job will continue to have me away at least 3 nights a week so my partner moved in. It was with the understanding that if the travel stops, he moves back to his apartment which he’s currently renting out. We’re both quite stubborn and independent so 7 nights a week together would drive us both mad. It works for us but it seems to bother some of our friends and some of his family, lord only knows why.

  17. Chef Grace says:

    I just like that green dress she is wearing. :)

  18. Veronica S. says:

    Can the place he moves to be an underground bunker with an Internet connection that doesn’t extend beyond Kanye West articles?

  19. Olive says:

    he’s acting manic by making statements like this without apparently checking with his wife first. kim will never leave LA.

  20. Cay says:

    Rahm announces he isn’t running again for mayor and Kanye says he’s moving back to Chicago. Anyone else think Kanye’s running for mayor?

  21. JennOP says:

    We Chicagoans don’t suffer fools lightly and Kayne is a fool. He’ll last a week back here. We just don’t have time or patience for his histrionics or his wife’s vapidness. He also grew up in one of the suburbs, so perhaps he should change his daughter’s name to “Oak Lawn”? Stay in LA, Kayne.

  22. Riley says:

    I live in Chicago and think he should keep his dumb ass in Cali!

  23. Shae says:

    I’m wondering if he’ll live in Chicago or the suburbs. People like to rep Chicago when they actually live in the suburbs

  24. Jessica says:

    So you want kanye back but potus gets no leeway for whatever he did wrong?.
    Sounds like you don’t hold kanye accountable
    And I don’t think he has always been like this. He wasn’t wearing maga hats and loving on republican presidents back in 06 for one.

  25. indian says:

    I’m disappointed with the $10 lease for 99 years that they’ve got going on with the Obama library.. The city needs that money to help the inner city and that is prime, prime real estate by the lake!

  26. Obvious is Obvious says:

    So you don’t want Obama, and would rather have Kanye?

    Oh, ok…