Kanye West might be having a baby with the most photographed woman in the world, but he is determined that his little girl won't grow up in the spotlight.
"This is my baby. This isn't America's baby," he told the New York Times this week, as he spoke about his brief stint on girlfriend Kim Kardashian's reality series, Keeping Up With The Kardashians.
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"You know, the amount of backlash I got from it when I decided to not be on the show anymore," the rapper said, admitting he didn't like the attention. "And it's not that I have an issue with the show; I just have an issue with the amount of backlash that I get.
"Because I just see like, an amazing person that I'm in love with and want to help."
Kanye, 36, who is expecting his first baby with Kim this month, also shared his views on parenthood, explaining that he felt it was his duty to protect his two ladies.
"One of the things was to be protective, that I would do anything to protect my child or my child's mother," he said. "As simple as that."
The US star — who described himself as the "Steve Jobs of popular culture" — went on to state that he doesn't want his daughter to become public property. "Well, I just don't want to talk to America about my family. Like, this is my baby. This isn't America's baby."
Kanye's frank interview comes amid allegations he had a fling with Canadian model Leyla Ghobadi, 24, while in a relationship with Kim.
Leyla told America's Star magazine that she started seeing the musician in July 2012, and that their affair continued even after Kim, 32, had announced her pregnancy when Kanye told her his relationship with the reality star was "for publicity and nothing serious".
Her claims have been dismissed by Kim's representatives and Kanye's spokesperson, who added, "This most recent attack on Kanye West and his family is totally without merit.
"It is a blatant attempt by a misguided individual who is clearly seeking publicity, and another in a series of malicious stories drummed up by non-credible 'news' sources. This is a sad attempt to hurt two people trying to live their lives."