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For anyone still clinging to the eensiest bit of hope that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's gold toilet tower-inclusive Florence wedding was a celebration of their mutual love and respect instead of paean to their deep pockets, love of publicity and carefully crafted aspirational image, it's time to give it up.

During an onstage talk at the Cannes Lions Creativity Conference on June 17, Yeezy revealed (via Page Six) that they spent four days of their short Irish honeymoon perfecting the flowery wedding kiss photo Kim shared on Instagram, which quickly became the most-liked pic ever. The purported reason for the intense image tweaking: Photographer-to-the-stars Annie Leibovitz bailed on their nuptials at the last minute.

"Let me tell you something about that kiss photo that my girl put up," the rapper told the crowd. "This was pi--ing my girl off during the honeymoon. She was exhausted because we worked on the photo so much because Annie Leibovitz pulled out right before the wedding. I think that she was, like, scared of the idea of celebrity."

Leibovitz, you might recall, has spent decades shooting the biggest stars in the world. But OK, Kanye, carry on …

"Because Annie pulled out, I was like, 'Okay, I still want my wedding photos to look like Annie Leibovitz,' and we sat there and worked on that photo for, like, four days because the flowers were off-color and stuff like that," he explained. "Can you imagine telling someone who wants to just Instagram a photo, who's the No. 1 person on Instagram: 'We need to work on the color of the flower wall'? Or the idea that it's a Givenchy dress, and it's not about the name Givenchy, it's about the talent that is Riccardo Tisci -- and how important Kim is to the Internet. And the fact the No. 1 most-liked photo [on Instagram] has a kind of aesthetic was a win for what the mission is, which is raising the palette."

Whatever West is trying to say, it might explain why Kim was supposedly miserable during the honeymoon.

As for why Kanye loves the reality starlet, let him count the ways. "[She's the] No. 1 woman in the world. I can't be with any girl but Kim, because that's the girl I look at her pictures the most -- I get turned on the most," he said, in a statement that surely bodes well for them reaching their golden years together.


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