Julia Fox, who recently starred in a KNWLS campaign shot by Elizaveta Porodina, says she was “delusional” about being able to help the artist formerly known as Kanye West during their brief relationship.
In a clip shared to TikTok on Friday, Fox responded to a remark about “dating a famously violent misogynist and antisemite” by reflecting on what she says she observed during her and Ye’s time together.
“First of all, the man was being normal around me,” Fox said, as seen below. “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, like, a love for Kim, especially. And, like, even Kourtney especially. All of them pretty much. But no, like, the big three: Khloé, Kim, Kourtney. So by the time me and him got together, he hadn’t been doing anything, you know, like ‘out there’ yet. The only thing he had done was change the name in the song and said ‘Come back to me, Kimberly.’ That was, like, the only thing when we met.”
The latter, of course, is a reference to Ye changing up the lyrics to “Runaway” during the Free Larry Hoover Benefit livestream last year. From there, Fox made mention of an apparently tense text-based interaction she had with Ye, highlighting the moment as when she first thought she might be able to “help” him.
“He kept going and going and he was like, ‘You have bad text etiquette,’” Fox said. “And then I was like, ‘Oh my god, Kanye’s yelling at me. What do I do?’ But then I had this thought and I was like, ‘Oh my god, maybe I can get him off of Kim’s case. Like, maybe I can distract him.’”
During their month together, Fox further noted, Ye wasn’t initially using social media. Additionally, Fox said, he wasn’t talking about his relationship with Kim. Instead, the two talked about “clothes and weird ideas and plans for the future and our hopes and dreams for childhood and education.”
But once certain social media-focused developments started to take place, Fox explained, the relationship had already come to a close.
“I’d already been like, ‘Dude, I’m not gonna stick around for this shit,’” Fox said, adding that she also realized “pretty quickly” that Ye wasn’t going to accept her help.
“I was like, ‘I wanna help him. I wanna help him.’ I sounded almost as dumb as you guys saying that I should have done something to stop him,” she said.
And while Fox now sees this belief as a “delusional” one, she still respects Ye as an artist.
“I don’t wanna shit on that,” she said on Monday. “I don’t wanna reduce his whole career to his really bad moments, you know. But that being said, I stand with the Jewish community. Period.”
See more from Fox below. In a follow-up clip, also shared on Monday, Fox elaborated further on her defense of Ye as an artist, noting there are “a lot of really good things” about him despite the “really, really messed up” things he’s said or done.