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He tells XXL magazine, "The incident wasn’t about Taylor personally... Where I messed up is, at the end of the day, it’s your show, Taylor. It’s your show, MTV... I shouldn’t have been at the awards show."

Insisting the incident will never be repeated, West reveals his Swift protest almost wrecked his career: "I knew I wasn’t in a great spot publicly after the incident, but I would just block it out and work as hard as possible and let my work be my saving grace.

"In a way, I had thrown a Molotov cocktail at my own career, and it gave me an opportunity, for the first time, to go away and find out who I was. Because I felt very alone."

The article is part of a special XXL edition, which West agreed to oversee as guest creative director.