Kanye West’s former bodyguard, Steve Stanulis, just gave an interview on the Hollywood Raw podcast, where he revealed that the rapper was his “least favorite” celebrity he’s ever worked with and opened up about what it was like protecting him.
According to Steve, Kanye had “ridiculous rules” that he had to follow — like standing far behind the rapper on the street, which made it much harder to keep him safe.
“He wanted you to stay 10 paces behind him on a city street,” Steve said. “So obviously, if someone is gonna come up and do something, by the time I run up and try to prevent it, it would have already happened.”
He also shared the story of his first time meeting the rapper, which Steve says involved a lot of “ranting and raving” on Kanye’s part:
It was fashion week…I was supposed to meet him at the studio. When he gets there, we get into the elevator and he’s like, “Aren’t you going to push what floor we are going to?” I said, “I have no idea, 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.
Steve said he eventually talked Kanye down by giving him three choices:
So I said, “Bro, we can do this 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 and then 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.” And again, that was our first interaction.
“It happened numerous times,” Steve said, referring to the times he allegedly had to give Kanye three choices for things. “I gave him the one, two, threes.”
Steve also opened up about what it was like dealing with all the paparazzi — and accused Kanye and Kim of calling the photographers ahead of time so they’d be ready for them:
First of all, there’s no way [paparazzi] don’t get called upfront. There’s no way every time they’re leaving, all these people know about it. There’s definitely — somebody’s calling ahead. That’s just my opinion.
“I’m just saying it’s coincidental that wherever we are, [the paparazzi are]…Maybe they’re just better than I think they are.”
And Steve said that when he tried to protect Kanye from the paparazzi, Kanye would get angry at him for “being in his shot.”
“Technically, I’m supposed to walk in front of you. I gotta make sure you’re okay,” Steve explained. “He got mad at me for being in his shot.”
“So I’m like…are you serious?” Steve said. “He was worried about me being in his shot, for either a TMZ video or a Daily Mail…whatever. Instead of saying thank you, he was mad at me for being in the shot.”
In his career as a bodyguard, Steve has protected celebrities including Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Alanis Morissette, Woody Harrelson, and Tobey Maguire, but he says Kanye has been “one of [his] least favorite people to work with.”
Steve concluded his remarks by saying that Kanye was the neediest, moodiest, and the worst tipper of any celebs he’s protected. But, on the brighter side, he said that Kanye was also the hardest working:
I always gave him props for that.
Kanye has yet to respond to any of Steve’s claims, and neither has Kim.
You can listen to the full Hollywood Raw interview here, in which Steve also tells a story about a time Kanye allegedly refused to get into his car because there were baby seats in it.
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