News: Beyonce Breaks Silence On Kanye West's VMA Remarks, "I Knew His Intentions"

Tuesday, Oct 6, 2009 11:40AM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Grammy-winning singer Beyonce Knowles has broken her silence on Kanye West defending her "Single Ladies" music video during last month's Video Music Awards 2009 ceremony.

According to Beyonce, she understood why Yeezy took his controversial stance during Taylor Swift's acceptance speech.

"Well, I knew his intentions, and I knew he was standing up for art; and he told me before, when they said the nominees, he's like, 'You have this award,'" Beyonce explained. "And when they didn't call my name he was, like, completely shocked. And when he walked on the stage, I was like, 'No, no, no!' and then he spoke, and I was like, 'Oh, no, no, no!' ... But in the end, it ended up being a great night, and Taylor Swift did get her moment -- and I didn't have to make an acceptance speech." (Billboard)

During an interview last month, Jay-Z defended Ye's emotions.

"[Kanye is] like my little brother, I pretty much introduced him on the first Blueprint... He's just a super passionate person, and of course it was rude because it was her moment but that's how he really felt... I think it was rude, but I don't think, the way they're treating, it's on the front of every paper, he didn't kill anybody, like, no one got harmed... At the end of the day, we're gonna celebrate him for his passion... As he grows and matures, he's got to know how to balance that. He'll learn that in the years to come...That passion wasn't fake, it wasn't staged... I don't think he should lay low, I think he should go on tour and have a brilliant career...The thing you have to realize about it, he's been that passionate from his first record, he used to jump on tables, I'm trying to make the first Blueprint and he's jumping on tables. [laughs] If he had changed because of his success, then it would be something else, then it would be a different thing but he's always been that passionate." (BBC Radio)

Memphis Bleek also said Ye should take a break from the music scene.

"It was a little outta line, but then again, that's Kanye," Bleek explained in an interview with radio personality Tim Westwood. "You gotta expect that from him. I don't think he got issues, he never really took the time to deal with the problems in his life. This is his way of venting, like, some people, they lose a lot and a lot of tragic things happen in they life and they spiral outta control and go crazy. I think he realized the breaking point. If you heard his speech on Jay Leno's show, he realized, 'Yo, I need to take some time off and really chill out.' And I felt him, that's real talk, he really do. He's been constantly working for five years straight." (Tim Westwood TV)

Speaking with Jay Leno the day after his incident, Yeezy offered another apology to country singer Taylor Swift and said he needed to "take some time off."

"It's been extremely difficult... Just dealing with the fact that I hurt someone or took anything away, you know, from a talented artist or from anyone, because I only wanted to help people. My entire life, I've only wanted to give and do something that I felt was right. And I immediately knew in the situation that it was wrong, and it wasn't acceptable -- it's actually someone's emotions, you know, that I stepped on. And it was very -- it was rude, period. And, you know, I'd like to be able to apologize to her in person... I deal with hurt. And, you know, so many celebrities, they never take the time off. I've never taken the time off to really -- just music after music and tour after tour. I'm just ashamed that my hurt caused someone else's hurt. My dream of what awards shows are supposed to be -- and I don't try to justify it because I was just in the wrong. That's period. But I need to, after this, take some time off and just analyze how I'm going to make it through the rest of this life, how I'm going to improve. Because I am a celebrity, and that's something I have to deal with. And if there's anything I could do to help Taylor in the future or help anyone, I'd like -- you know, I want to live this thing. It's hard sometimes..." ("The Jay Leno Show")

Check out Kanye West's Video Music Awards 2009 speech below:

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