Kanye West, previously a prominent supporter of US President Donald Trump, said he felt “used” on Tuesday, as he announced he was distancing himself from politics in a series of tweets.
“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!!!” the rapper said.
The announcement comes just weeks after the rapper sported a “Make America Great Again” cap as he declared his love for Trump during a surreal, televised meeting in the Oval Office.
West, one of few mainstream artists who openly supports Trump, had said his reasons for being there had much to do with societal problems like gun violence and prison reform.
On Tuesday, West said he supported prison reform, “common-sense gun laws” and “holding people who misuse their power accountable.”
“I believe in love and compassion for people seeking asylum and parents who are fighting to protect their children from violence and war,” the rapper added in an apparent reference to a migrant caravan approaching the US southern border and which is expected to be met by 5,200 US troops.
West also thanked his family and loved ones for supporting his “actual beliefs.”
The 41-year-old rapper also appeared to deny the claim that he designed the logo for “Blexit,” a campaign spearheaded by African-American conservative Candice Owens trying to convince 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. I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it,” West wrote.