For Kanye West, $53 million in personal debt is nothing. In fact, it’s not even enough to keep the rapper from building a lake on his estate!
According to a report from TMZ, Kanye and Kim Kardashian have removed a backyard pool on their estate in order to install a fully-filtered lake. Lake Kimye is expected to be five times larger than any other lake in their Hidden Hills neighborhood.
— Mary Bicknell (@MaryBicknell2) February 21, 2016
The installation of a lake in Kanye’s backyard has become a bit of a joke on social media, as Drake previously dissed West for having a smaller pool than the Canadian-born rapper.
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have been living with Kim’s mom, Kris Jenner, since September as they complete major renovations on the estate they purchased in 2014 for $20 million. Installing a large lake certainly sounds like a major renovation.
This is the second time the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star and her rapper husband have spent time living in the home of Kim’s momager, Kris Jenner. Back in 2013, the couple moved in with Jenner for the first time as they completed a remodel on their $11 million Bel Air home, which West and Kardashian eventually sold when they discovered that Kim was pregnant with their first child. At the time, Kim and Kanye said they needed more room and different features for their growing family. Since, Kim K and West have had two children: daughter, North, and son, Saint.
— DJ Michael Knight (@DJMICHAELKNIGHT) February 20, 2016
The news of a lake installation comes on the heels of an odd claim from Kanye West. Earlier this month, West took to Twitter to tell fans that he is currently $53 million in personal debt. Kanye eventually went so far as to beg Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and Google co-founder Larry Page for $1 billion.
Subsequent reports indicated that Kanye West might not be as far in debt as he originally claimed, and in fact, might not be in debt at all. According to some reports, West’s claim of extreme debt is not really debt at all, but instead a total amount of money that Kanye has invested into his creative projects. Just this month, West launched his Yeezy Season 3 fashion line and released his newest album, The Life of Pablo. Both are expected to turn a profit for the rapper-turned-fashion designer. Find out more about Kanye West’s most recent projects in the video below.
Some fans and media members believe that Kanye’s recent outbursts — including his $53-million debt rant — have to do with the promotion of his current projects. Whether or not that is the case could be difficult to determine, but if publicity is West’s goal, he’s doing something right. Between his Twitter rants and his backstage diatribe at Saturday Night Life, West has generated an enormous number of headlines. Additionally, West has been in the spotlight for what many call his misogynistic lyrics directed at pop princess Taylor Swift.
What do you think of the news that Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are building a lake on their Hidden Hills estate? Do you think West should be doing those kinds of renovations, given his recent revelation of a $53 million personal debt? Do you think West’s debt claims are even real? Why or why not?
Find out more about the previous living arrangements of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in the video below.
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