According to a source speaking to People, Kanye West is avoiding the Met Gala this year to save himself the stress of a red carpet event. Accordingly, his absence isn't meant to be a slight to the Met Gala specifically — rather he wants to avoid the immense public scrutiny that comes with a high-profile appearance like this.
This post was originally published on May 1 at 6:00 a.m.
We get it. You only really care whether or not Beyoncé and her twins will glide across the red carpet at tonight's Met Gala. But trust us: A Met Gala without the full Kimye experience is quite the bummer.
“Kanye West will not be attending the Met Ball," a source told the magazine. “Kim will be going solo. He’s still very much enjoying his time off from public events.
“He’ll be staying back in L.A. with their kids,” the source continued. “Everything is great with him and Kim and he’s supportive of her going solo.”
West has been keeping a relatively low public profile since being hospitalized last November. Though Kardashian has had her own self-imposed retreat from the media following her Paris robbery last October, her attendance at the Met Gala was essentially set in stone the moment she began filming scenes for the upcoming Ocean's Eight, which involves a staged heist at the annual celebration. Her sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner will also make cameos in the film, suggesting that they will also be on the red carpet tonight.
West's no-show means we'll never know how he might have interpreted Kawakubo's envelope-pushing designs, or how he possibly could have followed up last year's silver contact lenses and shredded jeans.
We'll always have these memories, though...
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The rapper made his Met Gala debut for 2013's "Punk: Chaos to Couture" theme. He and Kardashian, who was pregnant with daughter North at the time, donned his-and-hers Givenchy designs, one of which got memed into oblivion. West also performed at the party in a kilt worn over leather pants.
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2015's "China: Through the Looking Glass" saw the "Stronger" star rocking black velvet, while Kardashian (pregnant with son Saint) opted for an embellished Peter Dundas for Roberto Cavalli number.
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Nothing could possibly top Kimye's silver Balmain looks (complete with matching contact lenses for West) at last year's "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" event. Hate all you want, but it was definitely on theme.