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Kanye West fled America and wandered the world for six months over the ruckus surrounding his crashing of Taylor Swift‘s acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs.

The 33-year-old rapper opened up to Ellen DeGeneres in an interview airing today, about the immediate aftermath of Taylor’s speech, when he took the mic from her hand and insisted that Beyoncé was the rightful winner, reports Just Jared.

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“I left America. I stopped doing music all together. I just took some time. I went to Japan just so I could get away from paparazzi all together,” he says.

“Then in November I moved to Rome and just lived there and when I came back to the States I moved to Hawaii. I lived there for about six months and just worked on music.”

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Why did he stay out of the spotlight? “It was the first time that I got to stop since my mom had passed,” he confesses. “I had never stopped and never tried to even soak in what all had happened.

“It was time to take a break and develop more as a person as a creator and focus more on my thoughts and my ideas and what I wanted to bring to the world.”

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