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Kanye West doubles down on White Lives Matter slogan as Diddy comes to his defense

Kanye West stood by the ‘White Lives Matter’ slogan he wore on a T-shirt at his surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris on Monday.  

The Donda rapper, 45, posted a photo of the long-sleeved black shirt to his Instagram on Wednesday with the caption: ‘Here’s my latest response when people ask me why I made a tee that says white lives matter… THEY DO.’

Meanwhile, one of the only famous friends coming to the defense of Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband at the moment is Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, who called the musician a ‘free thinker’ and says his message was ‘misconstrued.’ 

‘They do’: Kanye West doubled down on his ‘White Lives Matter’ slogan on Wednesday and explained that when people ask why he made the shirt he replies that it’s because ‘They do’ 

Diddy, 52, said ‘My boy is a super, super, super free thinker’ in an interview on ‘The Breakfast Club on Wednesdy.

‘And a lot of times, what he means is, like, misconstrued, you know what I’m saying?’ the record executive added. 

When host Charlamagne, 44, interjected to say, ‘You gotta stop making excuses for him’ he replied, ‘No, no, I’m not making excuses, I’m just sayin’ if he did it, that’s the way he thinks.’ 

Shocking the fans: Ye, 45, first wore the 'White Lives Matter' design at his surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris on Monday

Shocking the fans: Ye, 45, first wore the ‘White Lives Matter’ design at his surprise Yeezy fashion show in Paris on Monday

Free thinker: One of the only famous friends coming to the defense of Kim Kardashian's ex-husband is Sean 'Diddy' Combs, who called the musician a 'free thinker' and says his message was 'misconstrued'

Free thinker: One of the only famous friends coming to the defense of Kim Kardashian’s ex-husband is Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, who called the musician a ‘free thinker’ and says his message was ‘misconstrued’

The rapper also stated that people ‘don’t have to condemn Kanye or cancel him,’ but that he understands that the shirts are ‘very tone-deaf.’

‘I understand white lives do matter, but it’s not that,’ Diddy went on.

‘[Black Lives Matter] was our slogan. That wasn’t our slogan to go share with nobody else… Because right now, we’re the ones that are dying, that are incarcerated, that are left in poverty.’ 

In defense: Diddy, 52, said 'My boy is a super, super, super free thinker' in an interview on 'The Breakfast Club on Wednesdy

In defense: Diddy, 52, said ‘My boy is a super, super, super free thinker’ in an interview on ‘The Breakfast Club on Wednesdy

Misconstrued: 'And a lot of times, what he means is, like, misconstrued, you know what I¿m saying?' the record executive added, but noted that the shirts are 'very tone-deaf'

Misconstrued: ‘And a lot of times, what he means is, like, misconstrued, you know what I’m saying?’ the record executive added, but noted that the shirts are ‘very tone-deaf’

‘You have to be unapologetically black and love your people and love your tribe first,’ he added. 

Diddy also revealed that he had previously planned to release his own T-shirt to support West, but now ‘[needs] a couple of days to get over’ the ‘White Lives Matter’ design. 

Kanye also took to Instagram later on to troll Justin Bieber’s wife Hailey, 25, after she defended Vogue editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson for criticizing his White Lives Matter shirts. 

West shared a screenshot of his Google results with an E! News article discussing Bieber’s support for Karefa-Johnson.

Your tribe: 'You have to be unapologetically black and love your people and love your tribe first,' he added

Your tribe: ‘You have to be unapologetically black and love your people and love your tribe first,’ he added

‘Wait Am I canceled again??? Justin please let me know,’ he captioned the Instagram post.

He also shared a screenshot of an article from Dailymail.com where professor Tatishe M. Nteta stated West is ‘not alone’ in his skepticism at the Black Lives Matter movement. 

He continued his posting spree, sharing a screenshot from Hollywood Unlocked detailing Diddy’s support for him.

‘God is love,’ he captioned the post.

Ye shocked fans on Monday, when he debuted the design, and even had fashion models in the show wearing the clothing with the message written across it, a response to the Black Lives Matter movement that was founded in 2013 following the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. 

Trolling: Kanye also took to Instagram later on to troll Justin Bieber's wife Hailey, 25, after she defended Vogue editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson for criticizing his White Lives Matter shirts

Trolling: Kanye also took to Instagram later on to troll Justin Bieber’s wife Hailey, 25, after she defended Vogue editor Gabriella Karefa-Johnson for criticizing his White Lives Matter shirts

Not alone: He also shared a screenshot of an article from Dailymail.com where professor Tatishe M. Nteta stated West is 'not alone' in his skepticism at the Black Lives Matter movement

Not alone: He also shared a screenshot of an article from Dailymail.com where professor Tatishe M. Nteta stated West is ‘not alone’ in his skepticism at the Black Lives Matter movement

The front of West’s ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt appeared to show a collage of photos of Pope Saint John Paul II, with the bottom caption referring to him in Spanish as ‘Juan Pablo II.’ 

Also posing with West was right-wing commentator Candace Owens, who wore a complementary version of the shirt, and Kanye’s daughter North West, nine. 

Among those who modeled West’s new design in Paris was Bob Marley’s granddaughter, Selah Marley. Selah is the daughter of Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley. 

Palling around: Also posing with West was right-wing commentator Candace Owens, who beamed while wearing a complementary version of the 'White Lives Matter' shirt

Palling around: Also posing with West was right-wing commentator Candace Owens, who beamed while wearing a complementary version of the ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt

Bob Marley's granddaughter was among those who modeled West's new design in Paris as well

Bob Marley’s granddaughter was among those who modeled West’s new design in Paris as well

It is not the first time that Ye has stoked controversy surrounding race, after saying in 2018 that he thought 400 years of slavery ‘was a choice.’

Kanye has aligned himself with right-wing figures such as Owens, as well as former President Donald Trump, regularly sporting a Make America Great Again baseball hat in public.

During a May 2018 interview regarding his support of Trump, West said: ‘Racism isn’t the deal-breaker for me. If that was the case, I wouldn’t live in America.’

Juxtaposition: The front of West's 'White Lives Matter' shirt appeared to show a collage of Pope Saint John Paul II with the bottom caption referring to him in Spanish as 'Juan Pablo II'

Juxtaposition: The front of West’s ‘White Lives Matter’ shirt appeared to show a collage of Pope Saint John Paul II with the bottom caption referring to him in Spanish as ‘Juan Pablo II’

It was an eventful Wednesday for Kanye, who earlier in the day accused the Kardashian family of ‘basically kidnapping’ his daughter Chicago on her birthday, as he continued to make claims that ex-wife Kim Kardashian has prevented him from seeing their children.

The accusation came as Khloe Kardashian made a public plea for the rapper to stop ‘tearing down’ her sister, after Kanye dredged up his family dispute amid the ongoing controversy surrounding his ‘White Lives Matter’ T-shirt.

Kim, 41, – who co-parents North, nine, Saint, six, Chicago, four, and Psalm, three with the rapper – previously denied his claim that she threw a secret birthday party for their daughter Chicago in January this year, after he alleged that the reality star had refused to tell him where it was.

Fighting back: It was an eventful Wednesday for Kanye, who got into a public spat with his former sister-in-law Khloe Kardashian, 38, earlier in the day, as tensions erupted over his continued claims about his ex-wife Kim Kardashian and their kids

Fighting back: It was an eventful Wednesday for Kanye, who got into a public spat with his former sister-in-law Khloe Kardashian, 38, earlier in the day, as tensions erupted over his continued claims about his ex-wife Kim Kardashian and their kids

Going at it: Kanye fired back on his Instagram page, calling the Kardashians ‘LIARS’ and accusing them of having ‘BASICALLY KIDNAPPED CHICAGO ON HER BIRTHDAY’

‘AND FOR ALL AUDIENCE SO OUTRAGED ABOUT MY T SHIRT,’ Kanye, 43, wrote in his latest Instagram rant, adding: ‘WHERE WAS YOU WHEN I COULDN’T SEE MY KIDS.’

In response Khloe, 38, begged him to ‘STOP tearing Kimberly down and using our family when you want to deflect,’ and insisted that he ‘Leave her and the family out of it so that the kids can be raised peacefully.’

Kanye fired back on his Instagram page, calling the Kardashians ‘LIARS’ and accusing them of having ‘BASICALLY KIDNAPPED CHICAGO ON HER BIRTHDAY SO SHE COULD REMEMBER HER FATHER NOT BEING THERE.’

Family matters: Kanye and Kim, who married in Florence in 2014, share four children - North, nine, Saint, six, Chicago, four, and Psalm, three

Family matters: Kanye and Kim, who married in Florence in 2014, share four children – North, nine, Saint, six, Chicago, four, and Psalm, three

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