Julia Fox says she dated Kanye West to distract him from harassing Kim Kardashian.
Earlier this year, the Uncut Gems actor had a brief yet highly publicized relationship with West from January to February. “There’s no labels, none of that,” Fox once said of her relationship with West, per People. “It’s just people that make each other feel better. It’s really, like, such a Gemini-Aquarius connection. It’s very inspirational. Our minds, we both work very fast; we keep up with each other, which is cool.”
However, throughout their time together, West repeatedly took shots at ex-wife Kim Kardashian and her then boyfriend Pete Davidson on social media, while accusing her of attempting to keep him from his children.
Since their split, Julia Fox developed a platform on TikTok by speaking up on feminist topics like aging and the male gaze. However, the actor found herself at the center of a recent debate over whether she should be held accountable for dating West while he was targeting another woman. “I just wish you weren’t dating a famously violent misogynist and antisemite,” one fan replied to one of Fox’s videos about the topic.
In response, Fox said she dated the rapper to “distract” him from Kardashian, though she also claimed he had been acting “normal” when they first met. “The only thing he had done was change the name in the song and said like, ‘Come back to me, Kimberly,’” she said in the video. “But then I had this thought: I was like, ‘Oh, my God, maybe I can get him off of Kim’s case. Maybe I can distract him, just get him to like me and I knew if anyone can do it, it’s me.’”
Fox also claims she ended things with West “the moment he started tweeting” about his ex, realizing she wasn’t going to get through to him. “I wanted to help him,” she said. “I sounded almost as dumb as you guys, saying that I should’ve done something to stop him from saying—like, what? But anyway, I was delusional.”
You can read her full explanation below:
Okay, since—I was just going to write about it in my book and then have y’all buy it, but I’ll just tell you guys for free. First of all, the man was being normal around me and not only that but the Kardashians—when I had a fashion line 10 years ago they actually bought our clothes and sold them in their stores—so I’ve always had a love for Kim especially and even Kourtney especially and like all of them pretty much. But, no, like the big three: Khloé, Kim, Kourtney. Those are my girls. Anyway, so by the time me and him got together, it was like, he hadn’t been doing anything, you know, like out there yet. He, the only thing he had done was change the name in the song and said like, “Come back to me, Kimberly.” That was like really the only thing when we met.
But I remember just being like, ugh, he was texting me, I wasn’t really answering. I was like I don’t really want to talk [to] this celebrity again. You know what I mean? Nothing ever comes of it. They’re kind of boring. They’re not what you think they’re going to be like. But he kept going and going and he was like, ‘you have bad text etiquette,’ and I was like, ‘oh my god, Kanye’s yelling at me. What do I do?’ But then I had this thought: I was like, ‘oh my god, maybe I can get him off of Kim’s case. Maybe I can distract him, just get him to like me and I knew if anyone can do it, it’s me.’ Because when I set my mind to something, I do it.’
And I will say that that month that we spent together, he wasn’t on Twitter, first of all. He wasn’t on any form of social media. He didn’t even talk about his relationship. We only really talked about clothes and weird ideas and plans for the future and our hopes and dreams for childhood and education. And it was really beautiful, guys.
The moment he started tweeting, I was out. And that’s the thing, it’s like, the media reported on our relationship ending a week after it happened or something. So during that week, I think you guys thought that we were together, but we weren’t. I’d already been like, ‘Dude, I’m not going to stick around for this shit.’ And also, I realized pretty quickly that he wasn’t gonna take my help. I was like, ‘I want to help him. I want to help him.’
I sounded almost as dumb as you guys, saying that I should’ve done something to stop him from saying—like, what? But anyway, I was delusional. I thought I could help him. Anyway it didn’t work and now we’re here. But that being said, [I] really, deeply respect the man as an artist. I don’t want to shit on that. I don’t want to reduce his whole career to his really bad moments, you know? But that being said, I stand with the Jewish community. Period.