By Kevin Rutherford
Kanye West and Annie Leibovitz have released a joint statement following West’s comments at Cannes earlier this week, which appeared to sort of throw the famed photographer under the bus for not being able to shoot his wedding.
According to Leibovitz’s camp, the photographer was interested in taking pictures for the wedding — but she was never confirmed to do so, rather than dropping out at the last minute, calling the reporting on West’s comments “taken out of context and sensationalized.”
“She would have loved to have taken their wedding portrait and was disappointed it didn’t happen,” Leibovitz’s representatives noted.
West’s folks added that the rapper had been unaware prior to Cannes that the photographer had technically never been booked for a shoot at the wedding — and that he was not assigning any blame in the incident, or lack thereof.
“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 read. “Unbeknownst to Kanye, she was never confirmed. Kanye and Annie’s representatives were in negotiations for weeks that were not completed by the time of the wedding,”
And of course, West added his own little tidbit: “Picture this,” he said. “The most-liked Instagram photo of all time, shot by Annie Leibovitz. Oh, I’m sorry for dreaming out loud. Again.”
The statement comes after West told a Cannes audience that Leibovitz actually pulled out of doing the wedding, meaning they had to touch up a photo in order to look like what they had wanted from her. He had added that she might have been “scared about the idea of celebrity.”
He also had plenty to say about the Internet, calling it “f—ing ugly” and talking about how he’s like to redesign Instagram.