Kanye West Backtracks on Annie Leibovitz Complaint Via Joint Statement

Posted Thursday June 19, 2014 2:06 PM GMT

He stirred the pot while speaking at the 2014 Cannes Lions Festival this week after his remarks about famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, and now it looks like Kanye West is backtracking on his negative comments.

On Tuesday, the 37-year-old rapper said that the Vogue photographer “pulled out of” his wedding with Kim Kardashian the day before the ceremony. As a result, Kanye was forced to retouch the couple’s first kiss photo for four days after the Italian event before posting it to Instagram.

After West’s comments caused a ruckus, Annie and Kanye released a joint statement, which read:

Kanye West's comments about Annie Leibovitz while speaking at the 2014 Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival have been taken out of context and sensationalized.

Although Kanye expressed frustration that he was not able to collaborate with Annie Leibovitz at his recent wedding, he is not assigning blame, and is not accusing Annie in any way. Kanye and Annie's representatives were in negotiations for weeks that were not completed by the time of the wedding.

"Annie would have been happy to do the portrait but she was never confirmed," said a representative for Leibovitz.

It was Kanye's dream to bring together for the wedding his favorite creatives—Ricardo Tisci on the dress, Vanessa Beecroft on the experience, and Andrea Bocelli—Kim's favorite singer—singing Kim's favorite song as she walked down the aisle. The first choice to capture one of the most special days in Kim and Kanye's life: Annie Leibovitz.

Annie Leibovitz—the legendary photographer responsible for Kim and Kanye's recent Vogue cover—is not known to shoot weddings. But Kanye West dreams big. He loves and respects Annie as a true artist and wanted to bring her eye for beauty to the imagery of the event. In his Cannes Lions panel with Steve Stoute and tech guru godfather Ben Horowitz, Kanye was referencing Annie as an example of how to merge culture and tech.

"Picture this," said Kanye. "The most-liked Instagram photo of all time, shot by Annie Leibowitz. Oh, I'm sorry for dreaming out loud. Again."