Kanye West Backtracks on Annie Leibovitz Comments

'Ye and photographer release joint statement explaining that Chicago MC's previous words were "taken out of context."

Posted: 06/19/2014 05:53 PM EDT
Kanye West, Annie Leibovitz

Kanye West is taking back his words about Annie Leibovitz after the famed photographer didn't shoot his wedding. 

West told an audience at the 2014 Cannes Lions Festival this week that Leibovitz may be "scared about the idea of celebrity" because she "basically pulled out" of the ceremony at the last minute. West ended up editing his own wedding photos, one of which broke records on Instagram.

He backtracked via a joint statement with Leibovitz, claiming that his original words had been "sensationalized" by the media. "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," reads the statement. "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,” said a representative for Leibovitz.

Leibovitz shot Kimye's Vogue cover and has worked with just about every big name in entertainment and beyond. A rep for Leibovitz said that she "would've loved" to capture the wedding for West but "was never confirmed."    

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