Ye had initially directed a series of comments towards Billie in an Instagram post made on February 10. He had shared a screenshot of an Instagram post from RapSeaTV (which CNN reports has since been deleted) that alleged Billie had “dissed” Travis when she stopped a recent Atlanta concert to help a fan.
When a fan had trouble breathing during the Atlanta stop on Happier Than Ever tour, Billie had paused the show, CNN reports. In a video of the moment, Billie waited for an inhaler to be brought to the fan. She kept audience members aware of what was happening, adding, “I wait for people to be okay before I keep going.” Once the fan was OK, Billie prepared to resume the show and led audience members in taking a deep breath together.
During the performance, Billie never directly mentioned Travis or Astroworld Festival. However, as Buzzfeed reports, some on social media speculated that the comment was made in reference to the events that occurred at Travis Scott’s Astroworld Festival. Ten people were killed and hundreds were injured at the November festival when attendees had rushed towards the stage as Travis began his performance.
In his Instagram post, Ye wrote alongside the screenshot, “COME ON BILLIE WE LOVE YOU PLEASE APOLOGIZE TO TRAV AND TO THE FAMILIES OF THE PEOPLE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES NO ONE INTENDED THIS TO HAPPEN TRAV DIDN’T HAVE ANY IDEA OF WHAT WAS HAPPENING WHEN HE WAS ON STAGE AND WAS VERY HURT BY WHAT HAPPENED.” He closed the note by adding, “TRAV WILL BE WITH ME AT COACHELLA BUT NOW I NEED BILLIE TO APOLOGIZE BEFORE I PERFORM.”
Responding in a comment on Ye’s Instagram post, Billie wrote, “literally never said a thing about Travis. was just helping a fan.” Meanwhile, relatives of one of the Astroworld victims has spoken out against Ye’s request for an apology. “To hear Kanye’s words, that’s hurtful to us. What an idiotic thing to say,” Bernon Blount told Rolling Stone. Blount’s nine-year-old grandson Ezra Blount died after being injured at Astroworld, Associated Press reports.
There’s no word on whether Ye will still perform at Coachella. Both the rapper and Billie were announced as headliners for the event which will be held over two consecutive weekends in April.
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