Famed tweeter and sporadic Instagrammer Kanye West has mysteriously scrubbed his social media presence. Today the rapper quietly vanished from both social platforms, without leaving as much as an explanation. The handle @kanyewest on both Twitter and Instagram takes visitors to displays saying “that page doesn’t exist,” instead of Kanye’s 140-character stream-of-conscious dispatches or the many archival Maison Martin Margiela pieces that the musician-turned-fashion designer launched his Instagram account with.
The move comes months after West has been uncharacteristically quiet on social media, following his hospitalization for exhaustion last December. However, it’s not the first time Twitter users have received this message when trying to visit West’s timeline: Back in August of 2016, the same notification appeared, as Complex then reported. Twitter quickly resolved the issue though, telling The Fader that the message wasn’t due to “any specific Twitter account and is now resolved.” Apparently, some Twitter users “may have briefly been unable to access certain Twitter accounts.”
It’s possible that this could be another bug, however, given West’s recent comments on social media. Or, it’s just as plausible that he is taking a much-needed hiatus. Or perhaps he’s rebranding as today marked the launch of his latest fashion venture with his wife Kim Kardashian West: a children’s clothing line. While we wait for exactly what happened with West’s accounts to be revealed, you can spend time on Kardashian’s timeline, which is still very much active.
Kanye West Just Wants to Bring Joy to the World Like Will Ferrell in ‘Elf’:
On being rich: “I’m not a billionaire; I’m just a millionaire. But I’m the youngest guy I know who has this much interest in design and the ability to actually get some of it. So that makes me an important cog in the wheel.”
Kanye West with Amber Rose, October 2010.
On design: “Furniture is my superobsession now. Furniture and pornography, still. The porn thing has never left since I was in high school.”
Kanye West performing in Atlantic City, December 2012.
On Watch the Throne, his 2011 collaboration with Jay-Z: “It was like Steve Jobs and Bill Gates talking at the same time. You know which one of us was Steve.”
Kanye West onstage with Jay-Z, Paris, 2012.
On doing everything: “You know how they say, ‘Jack of all trades, master of none’? I want to be master of all. And not even to be a jack but a king. In fact, not even a king. An ace.”
Kanye West at a Lanvin show, January 2009.
On his new album, Yeezus: “This music is made to spark the visionaries to stand up for themselves and help the world. Because the world is fucked.”
Kanye West with with Kim Kardashian on Halloween, 2012.
On Christianity and Ralph Lauren: “I’m Christian in the same way that people have issues with certain elements of Christianity. It’s like if you go into a Ralph Lauren store, maybe that buyer didn’t do the exact buy that you want, but you still really like that brand.”
Kanye West at the Wallpaper Design Awards, Paris 2009.
On being intimidated by celebrities: “Anyone who meets me for the first time and is not slightly nervous is completely full of shit. Because when I meet people I respect, I’m nervous. When I go have lunch with Tarantino at the Chateau Marmont, I’m nervous. It’s fucking Tarantino!”
with Selita Ebanks, September, 2010.
On his intellect: “Visiting my mind is like visiting the Hermès factory. Shit is real. You’re not going to find a chink. It’s 100,000 percent Jimi Hendrix.”
At the Big Day Out festival, Southport, Australia, 2012.
On his imagination: “I live a pretty interesting life. But the life that I’m living is way less interesting than what I’m thinking.”
Kanye West at a Martin Margiela show, January 2013.
On the tattoo on his forearm of Madonna and Baby Jesus: “This is me and my mommy.”
Kanye West with his mom, Donda, at her book signing, Los Angeles, 2007.
On how seriously to take him: “You should only believe about 90 percent of what I say. As a matter of fact, don’t even believe anything that I’m saying at all. I could be completely fucking with you, and the world, the entire time.”
South Park’s Kanye, 2009.
On W’s 2010 cover of a nude Kim Kardashian: “I loved the fact that it happened, that it disturbed people. I loved the fact that it put those curves right inside that Hamptons house, that there’s some Hamptons husbands who had to cover that up.”
Kanye West with Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala, May 2013.
On his rock-star status: “Instead of using it to date as many supermodels as possible or to be as much of an asshole at a restaurant as possible, I would rather use it to access great minds. To be able to go to Axel Vervoordt’s castle on the first day that I meet him.”
Kanye West at a Givenchy show, January 2013.