Kanye West’s ex-girlfriend says the Watch the Throne rapper was “insecure” and “vulnerable” and wouldn’t go on stage unless she was there to reassure him.
“He was quite vulnerable. He was insecure as he couldn’t be with me every day. I got the impression he was worried that he wasn’t good enough for me.
“He needs people to tell him he is good and that he is needed and wanted.”
Brooke, 31, met the star backstage at an Usher concert. Then on the cusp of global fame, West was the opening act for the R&B singer.
The two dated while his debut album The College Dropout soared up the charts and earned the rapper a Grammy Award nomination.
But she says back then he needed her reassurance just to get on stage and perform.
“He wouldn’t start his show unless I was at the side of the stage,” Brooke says.
“One night the show was delayed because he couldn’t find me. He refused to go on till I’d told him it was going to be OK.”
Brooke says they eventually split up because she wasn’t comfortable with the increasing female attention West was getting.
Saying that her ex was obsessed with curvy women she says she is not surprised that he is dating Kim Kardashian, who is pregnant with his child.
“For Kanye, what other person besides Kim Kardashian is there?” she said.
“There’s Halle Berry, J-Lo and Beyoncé but they are all taken. She fits into his brand.”
Brooke thinks his decision to settle down was inspired by his desire to be like his mentor Jay-Z.
She explained: “He admires Jay-Z and they are very close. Over the years Jay has been a role model to him.
“Whether it is starting to be more mature, taking chances with clothes or getting married and starting a family, ultimately he takes those cues from Jay.”
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