Kanye West hosted a live-streamed listening party ahead of the release of Donda, his latest studio album, on Aug. 27—a fairly standard thing to do. But because Ye is Ye (no, really (opens in new tab)), this listening party ended up being anything but standard.
The album is named after his mom, Donda, who passed away (opens in new tab) in 2007. As part of the rapper's homage to her, West recreated his childhood home as a set for the Chicago listening party, according to E! (opens in new tab).
Controversial guests at the event included DaBaby and Marilyn Manson, but it was the ending that got fans losing their minds. Special effects made it look like West was bursting up in flames, after which a figure in a wedding dress and semi-opaque veil appeared. Viewers immediately assumed this was Kim Kardashian, or at least someone meant to stand in for her, but TMZ (opens in new tab) confirmed it was in fact Kardashian herself who showed up to support her ex-husband. She walked to join him to the sound of organs playing.
❤️ #Donda pic.twitter.com/BqEFUAaqe4August 27, 2021
Fans took to Twitter to digitally rub their chins. "Did Kanye just end the event by remarrying Kim Kardashian?" asked (opens in new tab) one confused user. "Kim and Kanye are the weirdest divorcing couple I've ever seen," remarked (opens in new tab) another.
Clearly, the ex-spouses are on very good terms these days, if Kardashian is willing to recreate a wedding scene with West. The TV personality and entrepreneur also recently reflected (opens in new tab) on what her ex had added to her life during a podcast episode.
"I got to a point—and maybe being in a relationship with Kanye for, you know, a decade, someone that absolutely didn't care about likability factor or what any perception of him was, as long as he was true to himself—that taught me so much in the best way, of just being me and living in the moment, and you don't have to please everyone," she told hosts Kristen Bell and Monica Padman. "As long as I'm myself, and as long as I'm doing it the way that I want to do, like you have one life and you're living it for you—that taught me to just, I think, be more confident in myself, and truly not care as much of what other people thought."
Iris Goldsztajn is a London-based journalist, editor and author. She is the morning editor at Marie Claire, and her work has appeared in the likes of InStyle, Cosmopolitan, Bustle and Shape. Iris writes about everything from celebrity news and relationship advice to the pitfalls of diet culture and the joys of exercise. She has many opinions on Harry Styles, and can typically be found eating her body weight in cheap chocolate.
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