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Kanye West slams Annie Leibovitz over Kim Kardashian wedding pic

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Kanye West talks about his famous wedding photo at the Cannes Lions 2014, 61st International Advertising Festival in Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.
(Lionel Cironneau / AP)

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s wedding-kiss photo, which broke social-media records, might be breaking a few professional relationships as well. 

West, who married the “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” star May 24 in Florence, Italy, bashed famed photographer Annie Leibovitz and blamed her for ruining his honeymoon because he had to spend four days retouching a photo she didn’t take.

Can’t make this stuff up.

The reality star on May 27 shared an official photo of them kissing as man and wife in front of a floral wall, and the pic quickly amassed more than 2.28 million “likes” and 51,000 comments on Instagram — records for the photo-sharing site.


But it wasn’t easy, Yeezy revealed Tuesday a creativity conference in France, after Leibovitz backed out of their over-the-top nuptials on short notice, Page Six reported. He said he spent four days on his honeymoon working on the image to make it look as if she had shot it. 

The image was shot by 22-year-old British photographer Conor McDonnell, the New York Daily News reported.

The vainglorious rapper said Leibovitz bailed because she was “scared of the idea of celebrity,” which is surprising, as the acclaimed photographer has a massive portfolio of famous faces. She also shot the couple’s notorious cover for the April issue of Vogue.

“Let me tell you something about that kiss photo that my girl put up … this was pissing my girl off during the honeymoon, she was exhausted because we worked on the photo so much because Annie Leibovitz pulled out right before the wedding,” West said. “I think that she was, like, scared of the idea of celebrity.”


Being exhausted on your honeymoon from retouching a photo. Quick! What’s wrong with that sentence?!

Kanye said he and Kim “sat there and worked on that photo for, like, four days because the flowers were off-color.”

“Can you imagine telling someone who wants to just Instagram a photo, who’s the No. 1 person on Instagram, ‘We need to work on the color of the flower wall,’ or the idea that it’s a Givenchy [wedding] dress, and it’s not about the name Givenchy, it’s about the talent that is [its designer] Riccardo Tisci — and how important Kim is to the Internet,” he said. “And the fact the No. 1 most-liked photo [on Instagram] has a kind of aesthetic was a win for what the mission is, which is raising the palette.”

A guy lands one Vogue cover and then all of a sudden...

Yo, Annie, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish, but Kim has the most-liked photo on Instagram of all time. Follow me @NardineSaad.

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