“Nothing is going to take me away from my children”

Kanye West explains his decision to buy a house across from ex-wife Kim Kardashian.

The 44-year-old rapper revealed he finds it comforting to be with his children during an interview with Jason Lee for hollywood unblocked, which will be released on Monday.

“My solace comes from seeing my kids and having a solid schedule. That’s why I even got the house,” West explained to hollywood unblockedit’s Jason Lee. “[It was] I discovered that there was something wrong with my decision to have a house next to my children.”

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The Grammy winner also opened up about how his own move to Chicago as a kid made him want to stay closer to the kids. North, 8, Saint, 6, Chicago, 3½, and Psalm, 2½ — who he shares with Kardashian, 41. He was last pictured with his children earlier this month.

“You see, when my mom took me from Atlanta to Chicago, my dad didn’t come to the coldest, most dangerous city in the world to be next to [me]West said. “He said, ‘I’m going to stay in Atlanta.'”

“Nothing with my career, with this rap, with this media, none of that, it’s going to stop me from approaching my children. And that’s what I want everyone to know,” he said. added. “Don’t play with me, don’t play with my children. There is no safety between me and my children and you are not going to waste me.”

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A rep for Kardashian did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West attend the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 09, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California.

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In December, West bought a $4.5 million home in California in hopes of staying close to his family, a source told PEOPLE at the time.

The insider called the home, built in 1955, “family friendly” and added that the deal was made solely to be near Kardashian and their children.

“Kanye’s new house is in shambles. He only bought it for the location. It’s near Kim and the kids. He has a vision for the house and plans to start construction as soon as possible,” the source told PEOPLE.

The insider added, “It’s going to be family friendly. He wants to be able to bring the kids in as much as possible. Living only in Malibu was making it harder for Kanye to visit.”

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