Candace Owens Says Kanye West 'Lied to the World' When He Cut Ties With Her

Candace Owens has revealed that she was left feeling "shocked and hurt" after Kanye West publicly distanced himself from her back in 2018.

West, who has legally changed his name to Ye, first publicly showed his support for the conservative commentator in April 2018, when he tweeted: "I love the way Candace Owens thinks."

The pair seemed to be aligned in their political ideals through their support of former President Donald Trump, until West tweeted in October 2018: "My eyes are now wide open and now realize I've been used to spread messages I don't believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!"

As West appeared to denounce his political ties, he took issue with suggestions that he had designed T-shirts for Owens' Blexit Foundation, the organization she founded to encourage Black people to leave the Democratic Party.

"I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn't want their name on it so she used mine," West explained in a tweet at the time. "I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it."

On Saturday, Owens addressed the public fallout from West distancing himself from her organization in a series of tweets, charging that the rapper and designer "outright lied to the world."

She shared her thoughts after "Let's Go Brandon" rapper Bryson Gray criticized West for slamming Soulja Boy for a verse he recorded for the Donda album during an interview on Revolt TV's Drink Champs.

When Gray said that West had privately told Soulja Boy he liked the verse before publicly stating that he disliked it, Owens responded: "Tbh he's done this to a lot of people. Privately it's one thing and then publicly it's another.

"Feel like he's hurt a lot people who have respected and looked up to him but never had to say sorry because he's Ye. As an artist I respect him but as a man? Idk."

Comparing it to his years-long feud with pop star Taylor Swift, Owens went on: "The irony being is that what he does to people is exactly what Taylor Swift did to him over the famous verse.

"Plays it one way privately and then publicly it's something else. He did it to me over BLEXIT and it was horrible. Outright lied to the world."

Candace Owens and Kanye West
Candace Owens (L) has stated that she was left "shocked and hurt" after Kanye West (R) publicly distanced himself from her back in 2018. Jason Davis/Getty Images/Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Sean Combs

"I had national political exposure at the time but his lie caused international headlines claiming I was a 'liar' who used him," she wrote in a follow-up tweet.

"Every person on my team and one person on his told me to drop the receipts (like Kim did Taylor on Snapchat) but I didn't. I was too shocked and hurt."

"Not sure why I decided to say this 3 years later. LOL. Just more sure of my self now," Owens concluded.

Shortly after West tweeted that he felt "used" by the Blexit campaign, Owens took to her personal blog to apologize to the star in an open letter, which has since been deleted.

Tbh he’s done this to a lot of people. Privately it’s one thing and then publicly it’s another.
Feel like he’s hurt a lot people who have respected and looked up to him but never had to say sorry because he’s Ye.
As an artist I respect him but as a man? Idk

— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 6, 2021

I had national political exposure at the time but his lie caused international headlines claiming I was a “liar”who used him.
Every person on my team and one person on his told me to drop the receipts (like Kim did Taylor on Snapchat) but I didn’t.

I was too shocked and hurt.

— Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO) November 6, 2021

"Kanye was completely right to feel used in that regard and as I have done personally, I would like to publicly apologize to him for any undue stress or pain the effort to correct that rumor has caused him, his business relationships, or his family," Owens wrote at the time.

"I never once said that Kanye designed the T-shirts for BLEXIT," she continued. "This is a lie that seems to have made its way around the world; a lie I would like to again correct for the record. He simply never designed them."

Newsweek has contacted a representative of West for comment.

Additionally, Owens apologized to then-President Trump after West's announcement that he was distancing himself from politics led to online speculation that he was also disavowing Trump's administration.

"I would also like to publicly apologize to President Trump, as I know that Kanye's tweets were rapidly misinterpreted as a shot to this administration," she wrote. "His tweets were aimed at me and me only, rightfully, for my personal failings. I bare full responsibility."

While West announced that he was done with politics in 2018, he did go on to launch an ill-fated presidential run ahead of the 2020 election.

Kanye West and former President Donald Trump
Kanye West stands as he talks with real estate developer and President Donald Trump in the White House's Oval Office, Washington DC, on October 11, 2018. The rapper publicly supported Trump, and then ran against him in the 2020 presidential election. Ron Sachs/Consolidated News Pictures/Getty Images