Annie Leibovitz has decided to address Kanye West's attack on her ... problem is, she wussed out.
You'll recall Kanye trashed Annie for bailing on shooting their wedding right before the vows. Kanye said she was just "afraid of celebrity." A weird comment, since Annie has become world famous for shooting celebs.
So ... Annie's just sent us a long, rambling statement which also contains comments from Kanye -- and it never directly addresses the "afraid of celebrity" comment.
The rep says Kanye was frustrated he couldn't "collaborate with Annie" but he's not blaming her for bailing .... even though his comment sure sounds like blame.
The rep says, "Unbeknownst to Kanye, she was never confirmed." Annie's rep adds, "she would have loved to have taken their wedding portrait and was disappointed it didn't happen."
And get this ... the statement says Annie is responsible for shooting Kim and Kanye's Vogue cover, but she's "not known to shoot weddings." It sounds like she wasn't really into doing it in the first place."
And get this BJ ... Kanye says, "The most-liked Instagram photo of all time, shot by Annie Leibovitz. Oh, I'm sorry for dreaming out loud. Again."
Over Wedding Photo
6/17/2014 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kanye West says famed photographer Annie Leibovitz practically RUINED his honeymoon with Kim Kardashian ... because they had to spend days fixing the now-famous floral wall wedding pic.
Annie was supposed to shoot the pic but she pulled out entirely the day before the wedding. Kanye says she claimed she was "afraid of celebrity" -- a weird statement because Annie's brand is all about celebrity.
Nonetheless ... the pic was taken but not perfected, and Kanye says he and Kim spent 4 days -- yes, 4 DAYS -- screwing with the pic because the flowers were "off color."
Kanye -- speaking at a conference in Cannes -- says the extra work pissed off Kim during their honeymoon, saying ... "She was exhausted because we worked on the photo so much."
The photo ended up being the most popular pic ever on Instagram -- almost 2 million likes and 35,000 comments.
Kim & Kanye
Topless Kim Wedding Painting
Wasn't Our Idea
6/6/2014 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's egos DO know a limit, after all -- TMZ has learned they are disavowing any knowledge of a partially nude painting of Kim ... allegedly commissioned for their wedding.
A report from across the pond this week said Kanye had contacted a street artist named Bambi to do a thong-baring painting of Kim entitled "Perfect Bitch" -- which, by the way, looks nothing like her in the face. Bambi nailed the ass though.
But sources close to the couple tell TMZ ... neither of them know ANYTHING about this -- no painting was ever ordered, nor does Kim want one. This should sound familiar ... another artist, Monica Warhol, claimed the same thing last year.
We spoke to Bambi's manager, who's standing by Bambi's story and claims Kim's people should be receiving the artwork any day now.
Look for it in a garbage bin outside their home.
Mrs. West Returns
6/2/2014 5:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
With husband Kanye West nowhere in sight, Kim Kardashian returned to the U.S. Sunday following the couple's multi-country wedding/honeymoon extravaganza.
KK signed a few autographs as she made her way through LAX ... accompanied by a gaggle of paps ... who hit KK with a slew of Rob Kardashian early exit wedding questions.
The Kimye wedding/honeymoon international tour stretched across Paris, Florence, Ireland and even Prague.
The honeymoon is over ... now the real work begins.
Kim & Kanye
5/30/2014 11:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Make no mistake about it ... Kanye West is full out MAN DOWN!!!
After hitting up Paris, Florence and Ireland, the Kim Kardashian and Kanye wedding/honeymoon extravaganza landed in Prague ... where the newlyweds stepped out in matching black leather.
Kanye sported a fairly massive wedding band as the couple made their way to dinner ... making it clear to anyone and everyone ... he's taken.
But make no mistake ... Kim's is bigger.
MLB Star Andrew McCutchen
Kim & Kanye Were Right
Don't Ever Tongue During Wedding Kiss!
5/28/2014 3:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TONSIL HOCKEY IS A NO-NO when it comes to the big wedding kiss ... so says engaged MLB superstar Andrew McCutchen who tells TMZ Sports he'll be following Kim & Kanye's tongue-less lead when he takes the plunge.
The reigning National League MVP was out in NYC Tuesday when we asked him about kissing etiquette at the altar -- which, apparently, is a super-controversial topic (people in the TMZ newsroom are pretty fired up about it).
But Cutch says there's no debate about it -- when it comes to swapping spit, ya gotta save it for AFTER you head down the aisle.
WHAT WILL THE RELATIVES THINK!?!?!?
Lana Del Rey
I Didn't Get a Dime
to Sing at Kimye's Wedding
5/28/2014 10:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Lana Del Rey shot down the ridiculous rumor she scored an insane pay day for singing at Kim Kardashian's wedding to Kanye West ... telling TMZ she did it for nothing.
One report had Lana's fee at a whopping $2.8 million ... but this afternoon at LAX, a very friendly Del Rey told our photog she didn't receive a dime.
Lana also explains WHY she performed gratis, and the good news is -- there's a slim chance she could do the same for you.
Vows to Dump the Plump
After Wedding Meltdown
5/28/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rob Kardashian is determined to drop his considerable gut after fleeing Kimye's wedding in fat shame ... vowing to hit the gym EVERY DAY until he sees his toes again, Rob's trainer tells TMZ.
Celeb trainer Gunnar Peterson tells us ... Rob texted him when he arrived back from Italy, where he bailed on Kimye's wedding because he felt too fat to pose for family photographs.
Gunnar says Rob's text was clear as crystal -- he wanted to hit the ground running ... literally ... posting up workouts every day this week, and continuing the intensity until the fat is gone.
As we reported, Rob's gym regimen hit a lull before Kim's wedding -- he worked out just a couple times a week -- but we're told Rob is now determined to get his old body back.
Gunnar tells us ... he will show Rob no mercy -- he'll endure a full hour of high-intensity full body exercises, cardio, resistance training ... the whole hog -- daily.
Gunnar tells us ... "Rob is locked and loaded" ... and NOT with cheeseburgers.
Kim & Kanye
1ST KISS ...
5/27/2014 8:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
When in France (or Italy) ... don't French Kiss ... at least, not for your first smooch as man and wife.
Kim just posted a couple of pics from the big event -- including a shot from the moment Kanye was told, "You may kiss the bride" ... and it was closed mouths all the way.
Mrs. West also posted a pic of the happy couple walking down the aisle after tying the knot -- with baby North looking on.
Not Pictured: Rob Kardashian.
The Party's Over
Family Returns to the U.S.
5/26/2014 12:55 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Khloe Kardashian ditched the family and returned to the U.S. today by herself -- arriving in NYC after Kim and Kanye's wedding.
We're guessing Khloe's just on the East Coast for work (whatever that means for the Kardashians) -- and not fleeing the fam a la Rob.
Meanwhile, Kris and Bruce Jenner flew non-stop from Paris to LAX ... along with Kylie, Kendall ... and, of course, granddaughter North.
Kris was pushing North's stroller as they left the terminal moments ago ... with the usual crush of cameras.
After all that fanfare in Europe ... nothing's changed back home.
Mini Kim & Mini Kanye
We're Just A Lil' Married
5/26/2014 9:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wedding may have been the biggest ... but we've got the lil'-ist.
Mini Kim and Mini Kanye tied the knot at Beacher's Madhouse Saturday at the MGM Grand in Vegas.
It was star-studded ... Mini Gaga, Mini Britney and Mini Miley all looked on as a mini-preacher officiated. Jeff Beacher was front and center throwing his weight around -- taking on the role of Rob Kardashian.
It wasn't a legally binding ceremony, of course ... it was all for show. Just like Kim and Kanye's.
Watch the video to see how Mini Kanye consummates the wedding.
Please, No Photos!
Fled Wedding Over Family Pics
5/25/2014 1:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The reason Rob Kardashian ditched his big sister Kim's wedding was simple ... he didn't want to take wedding pics because of his weight gain.
Sources close to the Kardashian clan tell TMZ ... Rob has become so insecure and depressed about his appearance ... he refused to be in the family wedding pics, despite his family's encouragement.
We're told the Kardashians were heartbroken and tried to support Rob, saying he doesn't look bad ... but he still wasn't down to pose
Things got heated because the more they insisted, the more Rob dug in his heels ... and eventually he made the call to fly home alone.
Fabulous Nose Pickers Welcome
5/25/2014 9:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Only one guest at Kim Kardashian and Kanye West's wedding truly touched the couple -- with a booger finger -- and still got the nod.
We were shocked to see this pic of ex-Vogue honcho Andre Leon Talley (sweet cape) leaving Florence with all of Kimye's other wedding guests Sunday morning ... considering his nose pick faux pas with K & K at the Met Gala a few weeks ago.
Ya can't say Kim holds a grudge -- and we ain't sayin' Andre's a golddigger, but ...