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Kanye West and mother Donda West at GQ Magazine Celebrates BVLGARI's New Ergon Watch

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After her passing in 2007, Donda West still is a big figure in Kanye‘s life. There’s “Only One,” a song sung to North West from the perspective of Donda, and his creative brand DONDA. The heartbreak hasn’t left either.

Kanye revealed in an interview with U.K.’s  Magazine that the heartbreak isn’t simply about losing his mother. He feels like he’s at fault.

“If I had never moved to L.A. she’d be alive,” he says. “I don’t want to go far into it because it will bring me to tears.”

Donda has been a source of inspiration for Kanye. Last year, video surfaced of West rapping “Hey Mama” in front of his mother. West also tweeted a bittersweet tribute to Donda during last year’s Mother’s Day. Rest assured, Donda is sorely missed.


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