Kanye West was once engaged to designer Alexis Phifer. The couple began dating in 2002 and he proposed in 2006, but they ultimately called the wedding (and relationship) off in 2008. Since then, we’ve seen him catapult his arm candy Amber Rose into fame and her very own reality show. So, how has Alexis been since being out of the limelight? Vibe found out.
Can we assume there will never be an Alexis reality show?
(Laughs) I’ve been approached a few times. I don’t know. First and foremost, I’m a mother and I just feel like it’s important to be represented a certain way and it’s a lot to put your image and the things you say or how you’re perceived, into someone else’s hand. And I just haven’t been comfortable with that. Now if it was something like a documentary style, maybe. But I’m not interested in fighting with some girl or talking about my ex because those relationships are personal. I mean the album [808s & Heartbreak] was bad enough at first, but a TV show, I don’t know, it would have to be real tasteful.
Amber Rose once went on the radio and said something to the effect of “You see Kanye’s other ex, he was with her for six years, took her the same places and no one even remembers her name now…” Did that sting?
I believe that you get what you want out of a situation and Kanye will tell you, that I didn’t [want that attention]. It’s weird. I’ll get on the red carpet and over-criticize myself. I don’t want that attention. She wanted that and that’s what she got out of it. But if I want to go to King magazine right now and be in a sexy bathing suit, I’m sure I’d generate some type of interest. It’s just the decisions you make that put you where you are. She is where she’s at because that’s where she wants to be and I’m where I’m at because that’s where I want to be also. I was kind of like “Girl please.” I just laughed that off, brushed that one right off my shoulders. She doesn’t really know what she’s saying, so I can’t even be mad at her. She doesn’t even know the half. [Ed Note: This interview was conducted prior to Amber Rose’s June 2011 King cover]
What was your reaction to seeing those two for the first time?
I think that at that point, you know sometimes you go through things and you’re like “I just want to do something different” and I think that’s what he was experiencing at that time so he just did something different. Not to say that she’s bad and I’m good, nothing like that, but that’s just what he wanted at that time.
If you had to give any type of advice to Amber since she’s now an infamous Kanye West ex, what you would tell her?