Kanye West revealed in a new interview that wife Kim Kardashian inspired him even before they officially started dating.
“Her [spirit] was there even before she was my girlfriend,” the 39-year-old rapper told E! News.
“I would do these performances and hope that she would see me in my cool outfit and think that I would be cool enough to be her boyfriend.”
West and Kardashian, 35, tied the knot in 2014 in an elaborate ceremony in Florence, Italy, and renewed their vows one year later, this time in Paris, France.
Though the pair have been plagued with rumors of marital strife, Kardashian has always stood by her man.
In April, she posted a video to her app directly addressing reports that she and West were on the rocks.
“I’ve definitely had my fair share of, like, dramatic relationships,” she said. “Honestly, this is like the most calm and it’s like, nope, we’re still together. We’re happy. There’s nothing to really report on.”
West kicked off his 39-state Saint Pablo tour on Thursday, August 25, and Kardashian and their two kids North, 3, and Saint, 8 months will soon join him.
“To be able to see my daughter and my son and my wife, it’s amazing,” the “Ultralight Beam” rapper said.
“I feel extremely blessed and I’d like to do everything I can to give as dope a performance, give all of that energy to the crowd, have people have as good a time as possible and feel inspired.”
West and Kardashian are set to attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards in NYC on Sunday, August 28, where the rapper will be given four minutes to “do as he pleases” onstage before he performs.