Two of the entertainment industry’s most mysterious, volatile, and fashionable men are Kanye West and Shia LaBeouf. So, in a twisted sense, it only follows that the actor and rapper would have some type of strong relationship that could withstand multiple rants and retreats from the public eye—on both parts. Their friendship, it seems, all started, naturally, with a shout-out in an outtake of West’s song “No More Parties in L.A.” In it, West raps, “I wish I dressed as fresh as Shia LaBeouf.” Many months later, the two were spotted apparently sharing the same signed United States Army Armor School baseball hat. At the time, Kim Kardashian confirmed that the two hats were one and the same and that LaBeouf “gave” the hat to West, but she also promised a larger story behind the accessory. And the day has come where that story is revealed.
Some time between the recording of “No More Parties in L.A.” and hat-gate of May 2017, West visited LaBeouf’s house “to discuss possible art collaborations,” the 31-year-old actor told Esquire for a new cover story. While he was there, West apparently asked if he could take some of LaBeouf’s clothes “for a pop-up shop.” The actor agreed because around the same time West was a “sweetheart” to LaBeouf’s mom at a concert. “I’m like, ‘Go for it, my guy. Take everything you want.’ And he did. He took all my f*cking clothes,” LaBeouf revealed.
Here’s where it gets interesting. After the most epic clothing swap of all time, West went on a rant in the middle of a concert in Sacramento, California. Among many other things, West reportedly said, “Shia LaBeouf: Kid Cudi feels a way. Call him.” What was meant by that is not totally clear, but LaBeouf and West haven’t spoken since, according to the actor. “Me and him haven’t really been in contact since he blew up onstage and, you know, shit on me,” LaBeouf said. Apparently all has been forgiven on West’s end because six months later he was spotted out with the hat. “The dude has a lot of my sh*t,” LeBeouf added in the interview, even mentioning his Indiana Jones hat.
Despite raiding his closet for a shop that never happened, calling him out publicly, and then wearing some of his prized possessions around town, it’s still all love between Shia and Kanye. Asked if he’s tried to reach out, LaBeouf said, “Of course, bro. I f*cking love Kanye West. He’s going through a lot. And I don’t know where he’s at or what he’s doing.” Somehow, it seems like this story isn’t yet over.