Even without actually working for Kanye West, it’s an easy assumption that he might be an… exacting boss.
West is famously demanding and detail-orientated. Perhaps the most telling example is of the floors in the “soulless” Bel-Air mansion he designed.
It’s made of a Belgian plaster so rare that it can only be repaired by a crew flown in from Europe in the event it gets scuffed.
Of course, West’s specificity goes further than that – which is probably why his former bodyguard has just described him as one of his “least favourite people to work with”.
Speaking on the Hollywood Raw podcast, Steve Stanulis has opened up about West’s alleged demands.
In 2016, Stanulis was hired as West’s bodyguard, and accompanied West and wife Kim Kardashian to high-profile events like New York Fashion Week.
According to Stanulis, it was not an easy brief.
He says things started on a rocky foot from their first meeting, during fashion week.
The first day I met him…it was fashion week. I was supposed to meet him at the studio.
When he gets there, we get into the elevator and he says, ‘Aren’t you going to push what floor we are going to?’ I was like ‘I have no idea what floor, it’s my first day.’ So he starts ranting ‘So you mean you didn’t call ahead to find out where I’m supposed to be going?” I said ‘No.’
So he’s ranting and raving. So I said ‘look bro, we can do this one of three ways. One, you could tell me what button to press, and now I’ll know. Two, you could press the button, and I’ll see which one you press so I’ll know. Or three, you can sit in here all day and tell me how important your time is and we are not going to go anywhere.’ Again, that was our first interaction. He went for the first option.
Stanulis also says Kanye had a list of bizarre rules, including requiring him to stay 10ft behind the rapper when they were walking around.
‘He wanted you to stay 10 paces behind him on a city street,” Stanulis said. So obviously if someone is going to come up and do something, by the time I try to run up and prevent it, it would have already happened”.
The former NYPD officer also said that he suspected West and Kardashian were alerting paparazzi to their movements.
First of all, there’s no way [paparazzi] doesn’t get called upfront. There’s no way every time they are leaving, all these people know about it.
There’s definitely somebody calling ahead. That’s just my opinion… I’m just saying it coincidental that wherever we are, they’re always there. Maybe they’re just better than I think they are.
Stanulis was eventually sacked for “speaking to Kim Kardashian” prior to the Met Gala, he claims.
Oh dear. Maybe it was a relief?