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Kanye West may have spent four days during his own honeymoon working on his wedding's Instagram picture, but he's not holding that against Annie Liebovitz – honest.
Despite initially claiming that the photographer pulled out of the shoot at the eleventh hour and leaving West to Instagram his own wedding, the rapper now says that his comments at the 2014 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival were taken out of context and sensatlonalised (pretty sure he must be used to that happening by now). The pair have since released a joint statement clearing the air.
"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," it reads. "Kanye and Annie’s representatives were in negotiations for weeks that were not completed by the time of the wedding. Annie would have been happy to do the portrait but she was never confirmed."
"It was Kanye’s dream to bring together for the wedding his favorite creatives – Ricardo Tisci on the dress, Vanessa Beecroft on the experience, and Andrea Bocelli – Kim’s favorite singer - singing Kim’s favorite song as she walked down the aisle.
"Annie Leibovitz – the legendary photographer responsible for Kim and Kanye’s recent Vogue cover – is not known to shoot weddings. But Kanye West dreams big. He loves and respects Annie as a true artist and wanted to bring her eye for beauty to the imagery of the event.
"'Picture this,' said Kanye. 'The most-liked Instagram photo of all time, shot by Annie Leibovitz. Oh, I’m sorry for dreaming out loud. Again'."
In any case, it's not like losing Leibovitz hurt the photograph's popularity: it now has 2.3 million likes (and counting).
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