Kanye's only Twitter friend doesn't like being followed
August 4th, 2010
04:10 PM ET

Kanye's only Twitter friend doesn't like being followed

Looks like Kanye West and Steven Holmes don’t see eye to eye on the subject of fame.

The prodigious rapper and tweeter randomly selected Holmes as the solo person to follow on Twitter and let’s just say that Holmes is less than flattered by all of the attention.

Initially, Holmes seemed excited by the connection, tweeting , "Holy [expletive] bro thx for following!" But the Brit quickly changed his tune once the full glare of the limelight hit.

Speaking with his local paper, the Coventry Telegraph, The Nottingham University student sounded far from enthused by the global attention he says has led to him turning down interview requests from media outlets around the world.

“I didn’t want to talk to any of them,” Holmes is quoted as saying. “Fame has never appealed to me. It’s vacuous.”

He went on to say that “Before this weekend I thought it would be cool to have a celebrity following me on Twitter but now I think it’s really not worth it.”

Holmes reiterated that stance on his Twitter page when he tweeted “This has been completely surreal and I really have no desire for this attention i'm just a normal person” and later added that he will not be speaking with any other media outlets.

soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. kayla

    Kanye is Kanye. He's going to be remember for that incident with Taylor Swift. So, was it really a bad move?

    August 5, 2010 at 10:42 am | Report abuse |
  2. Lynn

    First off if this Nottingham University student DIDN'T want Kanye to follow him then he can block him in 2 seconds by going to his list of followers, clicking Actions and finally select the drop down for Block this follower. With that said if Kanye is still following him its because Steven Holmes wants him too. Period. Further, for all those who want to continue to crucify Kanye for his imprudent comments and/or actions... try moving on. You will have an extensive wait before Kanye goes anywhere. He is extraordinarily successful at his chosen musical career. To date, Mr. West has been nominated for 30 grammys and has won 14. He has sold over 11 million albums in the U.S. and over 20 million worldwide. In addition if he wanted to quit tomorrow and spend the rest of his life doing absolutely nothing then he is wealthy enough to just walk away from music. Kanye doesn't need you. Au contraire. It is you who need him so you have something to complain about while you're working your 9 to 5 and hoping your 401k is going to be enough for you to retire with in umpteen years. All types of people from every demographic appreciate Kanye's musical talents and while he may not or has not always chosen the proper thing to say or do...I for one am not going to judge a man I do not know. I am just going to laugh, sit back and enjoy the musical gifts he bestows and hope that Kanye is somewhere laughing too.

    August 5, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Huh


    Anyone who listens to rap has serious issues anyways.

    You know they used to say that about almost all forms of music. What makes what you listen to so much better???????????

    August 5, 2010 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |

    This is newsworthy, how? Slow news day? How about if Kanye (Bush hates black people, you ok for a white girl) just follows his girlfriend with the chemotherapy haircut. I had a bowel movement this morning with more musical talent

    August 5, 2010 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mickey

    In the sound of Eric Prydz – Call on me... Hey Kanye, Follow MEEEEEEEEEEEE!

    August 5, 2010 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  6. Jim Bob

    Regardless of his musical talent, his face has a constant ugly scowl. He should wear a surgical mask when his picture's taken.

    August 5, 2010 at 9:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. paul

    West is a raciest and always will be so he does not deserve any attention.

    August 5, 2010 at 8:41 am | Report abuse |
  8. JJ

    Really? Just because he "apologized" does not make it all better. I'm pretty sure it's the first time in the history of an awards show someone did something like that. He took that mic and said those things because he felt an injustice had been done to another artist and ruined the moment of another. It's an example of self centered egomania. What did he hope to accomplish? Did he think there would be another vote resulting from his pompus attempt to speak out? Lets be real here. If someone had done that to him what ensued would not have been so calm. Sorry, he is a loser in my book, and deserves to fade away.

    August 5, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
    • rolex

      So? Did Taylor die? Did she get hurt? No, her albums sales actually increased as a result of the incident, and she forgave him long ago, so get off your high horse and get over yourself.

      August 6, 2010 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Mark

    What's up with all the Kanye West Hate? The man already apologize for the Taylor Swift Incident. Please give him a break. Move on People this's 2010, not 09, That's the past. Let the man breath and enjoy his fame.

    August 5, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
  10. mornk

    Eduction alone will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. - Calvin Coolidge 1872 ...

    August 5, 2010 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  11. groovygoober

    Kanye is just another "I'm black, you owe me" no talent thug. It would be one thing if he actually had any talent, but this whole over the top aggrandizement of himself is just stupid. It's so typical of that culture though, think they are the best of the best when in fact just another loud mouth.

    August 5, 2010 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
  12. jude nebo from facebook.com

    Kanye west remains Da Bomb.

    August 5, 2010 at 5:00 am | Report abuse |
  13. Nebiat

    why don't shut *** up jack ass

    August 5, 2010 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. eileen

    He should be happy and honored that someone of note would want to follow his pathetic, nothing life.

    August 5, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. Redeye Dog

    Isn't being followed against the law?

    August 4, 2010 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Mark Baker

    Yo Kanya, Imma let you finish, but Mark Baker is the best to follow on twitter of all time. All time!

    August 4, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Jake Barker

    isn't kanye a gay fish?

    August 4, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Mike

    Tweeting is for twits silly Kanye! Anyone who listens to rap has serious issues anyways.

    August 4, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Mark Baker

    Kanye West rules to bad his only friendon the internet is an idiot.:(

    August 4, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Mark Baker

    What an idiot.

    August 4, 2010 at 9:49 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Go Nad

    He's a gay fish.

    August 4, 2010 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Bob

    I wouldn't be happy either if Kanye West added me

    August 4, 2010 at 9:35 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Kevin

    Kanye sucks! Remember, he's a gay fish LOL love southpark!

    August 4, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
  24. David

    So, it's news that someone doesn't want to be famous? (Not news: Dog bites man. News: Man bites dog.)

    August 4, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Spidey-Man

    kanye's done... I never was a fan and even I'm tired of him and his antics and really surprised people let get away with his crap without telling him to f off. And then he blamed his last outburst onstage at that country chick on his dead Mother?!! What a must have been talented at one time loser.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Freelan

    He could follow me around day and night WITH the media. Free publicity baby coming at you.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Jim

    Why would I possibly care?

    August 4, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Donte

    If there was ever anyone who fit the term "n*****," then it's Kanye West – and just so you know, I'm an African American.

    August 4, 2010 at 8:12 pm | Report abuse |
  29. midwest

    Well, CLEARLY since he doesn't want Kanye 'following' him anymore, he must be a racist..........Right Kanye?!?!

    August 4, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Report abuse |
  30. djmike

    as a matter of fact......any person who actually follows me off of this post will get a personal thanks and a welcome to my little tweet world. im in southern california so my tweets are cool. follow me at djmikeinthemix you know how to do it....

    August 4, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  31. djmike

    its cool....its all good man.......follow me instead....i do have interesting things i tweet about. djmikeinthemix is my name follow me.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jo

    Better for him. The next thing he'll know, Kanye will be all over twitter screaming his buddy is better than anyone else's because he gives more one on one! Sad egomaniac.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  33. JT

    Kanye's public persona is just an act. I know a few struggling music producers who have met him working studio gigs in Chicago who will swear up and down he is a really nice, really thoughtful person in real life. Seriously. I doubt he even manages his own Twitter account.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  34. ted scoot

    kanye its bugs with tim roth

    August 4, 2010 at 7:38 pm | Report abuse |
  35. katiepea

    this entire article on all fronts makes me want to jump out my 11th floor window. the kid should block and ban kanye, the end.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Ohcrymeariver

    ONLY twitter friend? I feel sorry for this "chosen" guy picked at random.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Graca

    Why all this hate, hey Kanye follow me all you want.

    August 4, 2010 at 7:14 pm | Report abuse |
  38. yep

    ...and just because it hasn't been said enough...GAY FISH!

    August 4, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Joshua Ludd

    Someone actually cares?

    August 4, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Fresh

    Kanye West is the man shame on the rest of y'all hating on him just because of the Taylor Swift incident cmon son? really? you still hating him over that? its over go listen to Power Kanye coming back to that Late Registration sound this year!

    August 4, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joshua Ludd

      I can't decide if you are actually Kanye West, or if there is someone else out there who could be as vapid and Kanye-aggrandizing as he is. Whichever it is... go eat some fishsticks. I'm sure you love them.

      August 4, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  41. William

    Twitter "FAIL"

    August 4, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  42. look at what it says

    what its proof of is that all of us want something but dont want 2 deal w/ all that it entails. so when "celebrities" wig out on TMZ camera men or something else, we think how crazy they are. but if it were u or me, we'd prob do the same thing w/ cameras on our lawn or in our face while we waited 2 get on a plane. kanye picked one guy 2 follow and THAT person became famous and so innundated w/ interview requests that he couldnt handle it. imagine what real famous people deal w/ everyday. and the media makes this kid famous for no reason. while the media may pick on kanye, kanye is pretty much laughin at the media that criticize him, by dictating who and what they cover just by following one person on twitter. thats what the real story is

    August 4, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jefffbo

      i dont think he has a big enuf brain to create a fiasco from twitter... i could be wrong, anyway think about it, one follower, lol ! a person is following kayne, the complete looser man.

      August 4, 2010 at 7:36 pm | Report abuse |
  43. FU2Timez

    He rich he don't need your money Malfaye.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Jamarcus R.

    In case you didnt know, hes a gay fish...

    August 4, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  45. jim

    Can't blame the poor guy. Who wants to be followed by a gay fish?

    August 4, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Malfaye

    West sit down. You r losing your fame. I will not spend money on any of your music or trash.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  47. gmmed

    Kanye who? Kanye what? Kanye where? No ye Kant.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  48. David R.

    Kanye West doesn't care about following people.

    August 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Smitty

    to Topical- You certainly sound intelligent. Thugs will be thugs. Hurry up and collect your welfare check or start your night shift at McDonalds. Then use the money to buy Kanye music. Moron

    August 4, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • lulu360

      ah ahahahahahahaah.....i'm practically laughing my head off hear!!

      August 5, 2010 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  50. JOBLOW


    August 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |


    August 4, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Raspo

    LMAO @ all the gay fish comments. Kanye West loves fish sticks btw.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  53. gobills716

    it wasn't random that kanye followed him... its because holmes asked kanye what kind of toothpaste he used on his diamond teeth

    August 4, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Super Fly

    Kanye West is a no talent thug and is living proof that popular culture does not mean class or real talent. No blogs can ever change that fact.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Greg G.

    If Kanye West sent me a friend request, I would decline it.
    After all, he's a gay fish! (And a MuthaFu**'n lyrical genuis)

    August 4, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  56. leone

    I am so sick of "stars" being stuck in our fae endlessly. Maybe more people will take his point and we can some real movies and music from people who actually have talent instead of the industry churn outs like West. What a puke.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  57. rabb

    Kanye is a done done, has been low life POS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  58. johnny


    August 4, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Guy

    I wouldn't want a gay fish following me either.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  60. Mike

    This guy is welcome to block Kanye, make his tweets private or change his username if the attention bothers him so much.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  61. @Arnold

    you just made my day

    August 4, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  62. MamaLike


    August 4, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Arnold

    My only Twitter friend is my mom.

    August 4, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Sewious

    Wah can't ah say Pwicklepants on teh Intehnetz?

    August 4, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Anna

    I don't blame him. I would never want to be famous. Rich, yes. Famous, hell no! I'm sure Kanye thought this guy would be honored as many would be but some people don't enjoy attention as much as Mr. West!

    August 4, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Whatever

    This guy just loves to see his name in print.

    August 4, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  67. brownie1

    Probably scared Kanye was going to "turn him out" if you know what I mean!!!!

    August 4, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  68. MsLady74

    Guess he finally realized that Kanye is WHACK!

    August 4, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Siavm

    He needs to follow me. I tweet once a month. That deserves me to be followed.

    August 4, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Matt McHugh

    I'll never think of Kanye the same way again after the South Park "Fishsticks" episode.

    August 4, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  71. portalpunk

    Maybe he should pick Taylor Swift to be his follower, hahahahahahahaha

    August 4, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |

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