Contrary to popular belief, celebrities are just like us. We share the same interests in making the world a better place. Let’s not forget about responsibilities.
Kanye West is arguably one of the greatest entertainers of this generation, but with all of this power, he’s apparently managed to dig himself into a financial rut. Moments before he took the stage for his SNL performance last weekend, the rapper tweeted that he is $53 million in debt.
I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt… Please pray we overcome… This is my true heart…
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 14, 2016
While a Twitter plea to Mark Zuckerberg has so far mysteriously gone unanswered (as far as we know), Kanye’s die-hard fans are coming together to help during this difficult time for the rap megastar. Long-time fan Jeremy Piatt created a GoFundMe page for Kanye, titling the page “Get Kanye Out Of Debt.” “I’m trying to help out the greatest living artist of our time while he’s in need,” he says to Mashable. “I saw that Kanye is 53 million dollars in debt and I knew I had to do anything I could to help, because as all my friends would tell you, I’m just a very giving person.”
Piatt claims his inspiration behind creating the fundraising page comes from the Medici Family, the historical Italian family known for supporting arts and humanities during the Rennaisance period.
“Kanye is the greatest living artist on the planet, he’s told us many many many many times. The great artists need people to finance them, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo had the Medici family to fund their projects, so why not have the legions of Kanye fans fund his? This is what makes crowd sourcing great! Now we can personally make a difference in the world and help pay for mind blowing art.” Piatt remains hopeful he’ll hear from Kanye.
After this ever-so-generous fundraising gesture came to surface, Mr. West shed more light on his debt claims, which apparently only refer to his business holdings.
Yes I am personally rich and I can buy furs and houses for my family
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016
Throughout his career, Kanye has sold more than 21 million albums to date, with 66 million digital downloads, so he’s presumably getting paid pretty well. But you’re still more than welcome to help him out in his time of need.