Balenciaga has cut its collaboration with Kanye West


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Fashion powerhouse Balenciaga has officially cut ties with Kanye West following a series of anti-Semitic posts and other controversial comments from the rapper, according to a report in Women’s Wear Daily, citing a statement from Balenciaga’s parent company.

“Balenciaga no longer has any relationship or plans for future projects related to this artist,” Kering, Balenciaga’s parent company, said in a statement to WWD. Kering did not respond to CNN Business’ requests for comment.

West, who legally changed his name to Ye, collaborated with Balenciaga earlier this year for the wildly popular Yeezy Gap line. Gap first announced a 10-year deal for the Yeezy Gap brand in June 2020, but West said last month that his partnership with Gap was ending due to “non-performance.”

In an internal company email, Mark Breitbard, president and CEO of Gap Brand, said he had decided to “end the partnership” because “the vision is not aligned.”

The New York Times reports that West and Balenciaga’s relationship has been strained and that he and creative director Demna Gvasalia text “several times a day.” But Gvaslia and Cédric Charbit, Balenciaga’s CEO, reportedly attended the Paris fashion show where West wore one of his controversial “White Lives Matter” T-shirts.

Ye’s Twitter and Instagram accounts were restricted earlier this month for violating policies on posts containing anti-Semitic content.

In a now-deleted tweet, West said he was “going to die on the 3rd [sic] About JEWISH PEOPLE,” according to Internet Archive Wayback Machine records obtained by CNN.

Ye recently announced plans to acquire the far-right social platform Parler so that he “never has to fear being removed from social media again.”