Here's What Kanye West's Exes Have Said About Him

Though Kanye West's most public relationship is definitely his high-profile romance with reality star Kim Kardashian, she is far from the only person to have captured the controversial rapper's heart. During the early days of Ye's career, the "City of Gods" artist was in significantly fewer public relationships. However, this ultimately shifted as his popularity grew. Naturally, as his fans became more and more curious about the Yeezy creator's personal life, some of his exes' opinions began making headlines of their own.

While some former flames had nothing but good things to say about Ye, others definitely didn't seem interested in remaining friends with the outspoken entertainment mogul. With plenty of West's exes offering up their opinions about the artist, fans of Ye are dying to know what his former partners really think about the star. Continue reading to find out more about what some of West's exes have said about him.

Brooke Crittendon said Kanye was insecure

Reality star and businesswoman Brooke Crittendon dated Kanye West from 2004 to 2006 (via The Sun). While the couple's romance certainly wasn't as high-profile as some of West's other relationships, their partnership clearly made quite an impression on Crittendon. The entertainer told the outlet in 2013 that she met West in 2004 when he was opening up for R&B star Usher in New York. Crittendon, who was working as an MTV production assistant at the time, said that West began pursuing her that very night.

Crittendon told The Sun that her ex, however, was very childish and insisted that he wasn't at all a macho man. She added that West was also woefully insecure and needed constant reaffirmation. "He was insecure as he couldn't be with me every day. I got the impression he worried he wasn't good enough for me. He needs people to tell him he is good and that he is needed and wanted."

Alexis Phifer wanted to stay friendly with Kanye

Alexis Phifer, fashion designer and stylist, dated Kanye West off and on beginning in 2002. The two later got engaged in 2006, but ultimately broke up in 2008 (via People). Following the split, Phifer confirmed that she and West remained on good terms. "It's always sad when things like this end, and we remain friends," she told the outlet at the time. "I wish him the best in his future and all of his endeavors. He's one of the most talented people I've ever met."

A West source also told the outlet that Phifer and the rapper went through a rough patch before mutually agreeing to break from their on-again, off-again relationship once and for all. 

In 2011, Phifer told Vibe that she ultimately began to appreciate life out of the spotlight after having been with West. "I think after experiencing being with somebody that is a celebrity, it's really nice to have your anonymity," she said. 

Amber Rose has been open about her feelings toward Kanye

Though the romantic relationship between model Amber Rose and Kanye West ended back in 2010 (via Us Weekly), the two still managed to make plenty of headlines for their comments about each another. In 2015, West famously stated during an interview with "The Breakfast Club" that he felt it was hard to be with another woman after breaking it off with Rose — but not for the reasons some might think. The rapper explained that he felt unclean after his relationship with Rose, and added that he had to thoroughly wash before he could ultimately be with future wife Kim Kardashian. Ten years later, Rose said she was tired of being linked to her ex-partner and told the "No Jumper" podcast that she had no idea why Ye continued to speak ill of her after their split.

In 2022, Us Weekly reported that Rose was continuing to distance herself from the rapper after his "dirty" remarks resurfaced once more. "I never got an apology," she said, "but **** it." 

Selita Ebanks said she and Kanye West had a good time

Kanye West and model-actress Selita Ebanks were rumored to have embraced a short-lived romance near the end of 2010 after being spotted together looking cozy at the U.S. Open (via Essence). The model also starred as a phoenix in West's mini-film for "Runaway" and spoke about the experience during a 2010 interview with Vulture. At the time, she told the outlet that she was already "good friends" with West when she took the role in the project and added that West was a talented and formidable director without a shred of ego. 

During an interview with Essence, Ebanks stated she'd taken her role in "Runaway" very seriously and stayed in character, remaining "phoenix-ed out" even when it was difficult to do so. When asked about a potential romance with West, the model claimed they weren't dating but "just hanging out because we're doing this movie together."

Rumored ex Chanel Iman claimed to be really close to Kanye

Back in 2011, Us Weekly reported that model Chanel Iman and Kanye West were quietly dating. At the time, Iman denied that the two were in a relationship, and instead chalked the reports up to being nothing more than rumors. She explained that the pair were very close and that West was supportive of her modeling career. "Everyone's going to have something to say. We're really close; we're cool. We've been really tight since I first started modeling, actually," she said at the time.

While West is fairly well known for his controversial behavior and some of his exes have spoken out about his actions, Iman appeared to have a very different take on the "Donda" artist and said, "He's a good guy." She added that West was very dedicated to his career and insisted that his work ethic was nothing short of inspirational. "When you're around him, you want to be at your best too," Iman added. 

Kim Kardashian spoke up after the couple split

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West started a romantic relationship way back in 2012 and eventually became an infamous power couple known as Kimye (via Billboard). However, Kardashian later proved that some relationships aren't meant to last forever when she officially filed for divorce in 2021. After their split, the former couple continued to make headlines as outlets such as Entertainment Tonight reported that Kardashian was supportive of her ex dating other people. Still, despite the Skims' founder's apparent acceptance of the situation, it didn't seem that West felt the same way, and waged a vocal campaign against his ex's budding relationship with comedian Pete Davidson.

A source told Entertainment Tonight that Kardashian wasn't happy with West's response and spoke out in Davidson's defense. After West's antics continued, Kardashian hit back in a since-deleted Instagram story (via Buzzfeed). The "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star complained that West's "constant attacks on me in interviews and on social media" were hurtful. Kardashian pointed out that the couple's separation was very hard on the couple's children and added, "Kanye's obsession with trying to control and manipulate our situation so negatively and publicly is only causing further pain for all."

Irina Shayk wasn't interested in discussing Kanye

Kanye West was spotted with model Irina Shayk shortly after his split from ex-wife Kim Kardashian according to TMZ, which reported that the two began dating around March 2021. However, in an interview with Highsnobiety, Shayk herself addressed the speculation surrounding the pair. "Tomorrow there is going to be a rumor that I'm dating my doorman, okay? Then after tomorrow, it's going to be someone else," the model said at the time. "Look, there's always something there, and I'm just keeping it to myself."

In July of that same year, US Weekly reported that Shayk had distanced herself from the relationship. An insider told the outlet that the rapper and the model had less contact with one another and explained that Shayk wanted to remain friends. The source also declared that while Shayk still had feelings for West, she wasn't interested in having a public relationship. Not long after that report, People announced that the pair had split, with a source telling the outlet that the couple never had serious intentions for one another. The insider added Ye wanted to focus on work and making time for his children and pointed out that he and Shayk ended things on good terms.

Julia Fox called Ye the ultimate stunt queen

Kanye West and model-actress Julia Fox may have had a short-lived romance (via Glamour) in late 2021 and into early 2022, but it would appear that their relationship still managed to make quite the impression on Fox. As noted by Buzzfeed, the "Uncut Gems" star confirmed the rumors of their break-up herself in a since-deleted statement on Instagram while also calling out the Daily Mail for alleging that she was in tears over their separation. "@dailymail yall are straight trash I haven't cried since 1997 and I especially wouldn't cry over THIS!!" Fox wrote. Billboard reported that the actor was still on friendly terms with Ye after their break-up.

According to an interview with The New York Times, Fox said she saw the bright side of her relationship with West. "Look at the big picture," Fox stated. "That was amazing for me. The exposure was priceless." During the chat, Fox also referred to her ex as "the ultimate stunt queen" and said, "Kanye's not the most interesting thing that's ever happened to me."