Kanye West poses for a photograph.
Gulf Today Report
The mercurial Kanye West anticipates traveling to Moscow later this year, according to Billboard, a trip that will see him hold a Sunday Service performance and meet with President Vladimir Putin.
West heads to Russia as he works on new business deals with Aras Agalarov — the Azerbaijani-Russian billionaire businessman with ties to Donald Trump — and Agalarov's musician son Emin, the music outlet said, citing West's advisor Ameer Sudan.
"He will be spending a lot of time" in the country, Sudan told Billboard, saying it will be "a second home" for Ye, who legally changed his name last year.
The rapper's Sunday Service shows are church-esque concerts featuring gospel choirs that he began holding in 2019, according to AFP.
Ye, 44, is no stranger to questionable forays into the political world, having launched an unsuccessful bid for the American presidency in 2020 as an independent candidate of the Birthday Party.
In 2018 he met with then-president Trump for a surreal tete-a-tete that included a hug between the two and an on-camera rant.
Neither the prospect of travel restrictions nor potential criticism over building ties in Russia would deter Ye, according to Sudan.
"Kanye knows what's going on more than the average human being, he's well aware of things. And it's nothing against the United States or to cause conflicts, but Ye is Ye - he can't be controlled," Sudan said.
"This is Ye, Ye is going to get there regardless. What are they going to say?"
Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with Pope Francis on Thursday, a day before Ukraine’s Catholic leaders meet at the Vatican to discuss the crisis in their country,
A judo blackbelt, Putin has long been keen to show off his athletic prowess, including by working out with Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, hitting the ski slopes in Sochi or diving to the bottom of the Black Sea.
President Donald Trump said he held “very positive” talks on Friday with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on the crisis in oil-rich Venezuela, where Washington is pushing to oust the Moscow-backed president.
The entertainer, whose career spanned more than five decades, devoted much of her time and celebrity to charities after being diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992.
"It’s an honour and a privilege to be able to represent my country all over the world and to continue my work and efforts globally to see that we leave our mark and make a difference," she said.
Insisting that the teens don't love their mother, Federline told the publication, "The boys have decided they are not seeing her right now.