Kanye West is renowned for shooting his mouth off, proclaiming he’s a genius and – to paraphrase Barack Obama – behaving like a general jackass. However, these 20 images show that the hip-hop star does in fact have a softer, sweeter side. In fact, he’s often pretty much a perfect gentleman…
20. The charitable side
Back in 2005 West showed that he believed that children are the future by unveiling an eponymous foundation that gives school kids an education in music. And the rapper proudly took his mother Donda along to the launch of the initiative. Sadly, however, she passed away just two years later.
19. The Amy Schumer incident
So it turns out that West is actually capable of letting someone else grab the limelight! While appearing on the red carpet at the TIME honoree dinner in 2014, comedian Amy Schumer pretended to land flat on her face at the feet of Kimye. And instead of trying to regain the attention of the waiting paps, the pair simply carried on walking.
18. His caring side
West can add hair stylist to his list of many talents, judging by this picture. The rapper, producer, fashion designer and businessman ensured that his lady was looking her best by fixing her hair as they walked up to the 2016 Met Gala in New York City.
17. The assertive gentleman
Two years previously, the pair attended the same New York City event where West also proved that he can be the assertive type of gentleman. The hip-hop star was regularly seen with his hand placed on possibly the most famous and biggest derriere in the whole history of showbiz.
16. The Taylor Swift truce
Several years after gatecrashing Taylor Swift’s big moment at the VMAs, West showed he’d learned his lesson by greeting the country star in far more gracious fashion. Although, of course, the truce was cut short when West rapped “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that bitch famous,” on 2016’s The Life of Pablo.
15. The chivalrous side
Given their vast fame and fortune, you wouldn’t be surprised to find out that Kimye have someone on their books specifically to open car doors for them. But West has shown that chivalry isn’t dead by doing the deed for his beloved wife himself.
14. The family man
Of course, West has proven time and time again that he’ll go beyond the call of duty for his family. In 2015 he actually arranged to have his daughter North baptized at none other than the Armenian St. James Cathedral in one of the world’s most religious spots, Jerusalem’s Old City.
13. Footing the bill
Despite being one of the most famous couples in the world, Kardashian and West still occasionally manage to partake in normal family life every now and then. In 2015, for example, the pair took their daughter to see a movie in Calabasas, California, with West appearing to foot the bill.
12. The doting father
Style icon West may well have been in his element while attending the Alexander Wang show at Fashion Week Fall in 2015. However, far from focusing his gaze on the runway, West only had eyes for his understandably bored toddler North. Aww.
11. The romantic gesture
The most beautiful princess in the world. That’s how West described his wife in a 2014 Instagram post, in which he can be seen giving her a red rose while the pair were out walking in public. And they say that romance is dead!
10. The marriage proposal
Let’s face it, West was never going to do things by halves when it came to popping the question to his reality star girlfriend. The rapper hired out AT&T Park – a.k.a. the home of baseball team San Francisco Giants – in 2013 and filled it with the whole Kardashian clan and entourage. And then the old Romeo got down on one knee to do the deed – all in front of the cameras, of course.
9. The Prince Charming act
The Kimye fairytale continued in 2014 when the pair staged a lavish pre-wedding ceremony at the Palace of Versailles in the region of Île-de-France. And West certainly played the Prince Charming part to perfection as he whisked his bride-to-be away in a beautiful horse-drawn carriage.
8. The wedding
Of course, the actual wedding ceremony itself – staged at the exquisite Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy –was even more lavish, reportedly costing over $12m. And afterwards, a picture of the newlyweds kissing in front of a large flowery wall subsequently surpassed a Justin Bieber/Selena Gomez photo as the most-liked pic in Instagram history.
7. The daytime nap
It seems like West can’t even take a nap with his daughter without a spot of color-coordinating first. His wife posted this adorable snap of the pair catching 40 winks in their gray getups after celebrating both Father’s Day and North’s first birthday in 2014.
6. The proud son
West was left devastated in 2007 when his mother Donda passed away just 24 hours after undergoing several plastic surgery operations. And nearly a decade on, the star regularly takes to Instagram to post tributes to the former chairwoman of Chicago State University’s English department, and the woman who inspired many of his hits.
5. The mommy’s boy
West also invited his mom to accompany him at various events throughout his career. The most high profile was undoubtedly the 2006 Grammy Awards, when he invited her to pose for photos after winning the Best Rap Album, Best Rap Song and Best Rap Solo Performance honors.
4. The educator
It might be a long time before North is old enough to read her father’s rather explicit lyrics. But in an Instagram message posted by Kardashian in which she revealed the pair were having a baby boy, West can be seen helping his daughter enjoy some far more age-appropriate material.
3. The red carpet pose
As the first born of the most papped couple in showbiz land, North West will no doubt have to get used to appearing in front of the cameras. But in one of her first walks on the red carpet, her famous mom and dad ensured that they were there for her every small step of the way.
2. The autograph signer
It’s not just West’s nearest and dearest that get to see his softer side, either. The star took time out from his busy schedule in 2005 to give students a songwriter masterclass at Chicago State University, as part of the MTVu Stand In series. Plus, he also stayed at the end to sign autographs too.
1. The baby pusher
West may have had a big burly bodyguard in tow to look after his luggage when he and Kardashian returned home from a trip away at JFK Airport in 2015. But the star didn’t need any help looking after his daughter North, and he was filmed happily pushing her stroller from arrivals all the way up to the airport’s exit.