There is tension between Kanye West and his estranged wife Kim Kardashian over the video-sharing app TikTok and their daughter North West. In a post that he shared to his Instagram account on Friday, Ye asked his fans how to handle the situation concerning North—now 8-years-old—regularly seen having fun on TikTok.
"SINCE THIS IS MY FIRST DIVORCE," Ye said. "I NEED TO KNOW WHAT I SHOULD DO ABOUT MY DAUGHTER BEING PUT ON TIK TOK AGAINST MY WILL ?"
Ye has expressed concerns about his daughter using the app in the past, including in an exclusive interview with Hollywood Unlocked's Jason Lee. Ye seemingly addresses Kardashian directly during the interview, telling her not to have their daughter on the app unless he approves it.
"Don't have my daughter wearing lipstick on TikTok — or don't have her on TikTok at all," Ye said. "if I'm not there to approve that."
In her short time on TikTok, North has made an impact, amassing over 5.5 million followers. With the TikTok account (@kimandnorth) that she shares with her mother, North has enjoyed singing along with her mother, showing off her braces, and doing relatively safe activities. The account's bio indicates that the page is run by an adult, presumably Kardashian herself. However, in the past, North once went live on the app without her mother's permission.
In response to Ye's message, Kardashian posted a short statement on Instagram. The Skims mogul alleged that Ye had attacked her online and offline, which she feels is more damaging than North's social media presence.
"As the parent who is the main provider and caregiver for our children, I am doing the best to protect our daughter while also allowing her to express her creativity in the medium that she wishes with adult supervision—because it brings her happiness," Kardashian said. "Divorce is difficult enough on our children, and Kanye's obsession and manipulate our situation so negatively and publicly is only causing further pain for all."
Kardashian explains that all she ever wanted was to have a healthy and supportive co-parenting relationship with her estranged husband, but feels he is making it impossible to achieve that.
"I wish to handle all matters regarding our children privately and hopefully," Kardashian said. "he can finally respond to the third attorney he has had in the last year to resolve any issues amicably."
However, in the most Kanye-est way, Ye rebutted Kardashian's claims to be their children's primary provider with another Instagram post. In the post that has amassed almost 500K likes and 27.2K comments, Ye alleges that Kardashian has accused him of stealing from the home the couple used to share and being on controlled substances.
"What do you mean by main provider? America saw you try to kidnap my daughter on her birthday by not providing the address," Ye said. "You put security on me inside of the house to play with my son then accused me of stealing I had to take a drug test after Chicago's party cause you accused me of being on drugs Tracy Romulus stop manipulating Kim to be this way…"
Ye followed up with a screenshot of the TikTok age requirements, which describes how users under the age of 13 are redirected to a part of the app tailored to their demographics. Additionally, the "TikTok for Younger Users experience" includes additional privacy and safety features.
In the event that the app learns that a user is under the age of 13 and posting content outside the youth TikTok site, the user will be removed from the app. Do you think Ye inadvertently getting his daughter kicked off the app?