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Kanye West says he’s distancing himself from politics and Donald Trump: ‘My eyes are wide open’

Is the strangest political marriage in America finally over?

Rapper Kanye West, who earlier this month hugged Donald Trump in the Oval Office,declared on Tuesday that he had been “used to spread messages I don’t believe in” and would now be “distancing” himself from politics.

The statement is likely to come to a blow to the US president, who has touted West as a prominent black supporter even as his approval rating among African Americans barely touches double figures.

West’s primary falling out appears to be not with Trump but Candace Owens, a rising star of the right who was lavished with praise by the president at a gathering of young black conservatives at the White House last week.

On Twitter on Tuesday, West said he supports prison reform, common-sense gun laws and compassion for people seeking asylum, then denied that he had designed a logo for a branding exercise known as “Blexit,” which urges African Americans to leave the Democratic party. The concept, originated by Owens, claimed that West had designed the group’s merchandise.