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Balenciaga ends fashion relationship with Ye

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Ye x Balenciaga is no more. 

The French fashion house announced the end of its relationship with the rapper but did not cite a specific reason for the split. 

According to Women’s World Daily, Kering, the parent company of Balenciaga, released a statement saying, “Balenciaga has no longer any relationship nor any plans for future projects related to this artist.”

The news follows Kering’s third-quarter earnings report, which released Thursday, as well as a string of Ye’s recent controversial public remarks, including anti-Semitic comments posted to Twitter.

Last month, Gap announced the end of their Yeezy Gap Engineered by Balenciaga collection, a two-year relationship originally envisioned as a 10-year deal. German fashion brand Adidas then announced its partnership with the Grammy winner would be placed “under review.” 

The end of Ye x Balenciaga marks the close of one of the rapper’s oldest fashion partnerships. According to Rolling Stonethe rapper and Demna Gvasalia, current head of Balenciaga, have a relationship dating back to 2014. WWD says Demna is also close with Ye’s ex-wife, Kim Kardashian

Ye sparked widespread backlash earlier this month after wearing a “White Lives Matter” shirt during a Yeezy fashion show in Paris. Jaden Smith, who was in attendance at the show, left after seeing the Donda rapper’s outfit.

“I Had To Dip Lol,” he tweeted before adding, “True Leaders Lead.”

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