It’s not unusual for megastars to make diva demands, but Kanye West’s request to have his dressing room carpet ironed by BBC staff might be a step too far.
The 36-year-old rapper – who welcomed his first child North into the world with Kim Kardashian in June – caused a stir on the Later with Jools Holland show on Tuesday when he made a series of outrageous requests before taking to the stage to perform.
After turning up for rehearsals in Maidstone, Kent, the star was less than impressed with his studio set and demanded that staff tear it down and rebuild it to his original plans.
He then insisted everything in his dressing room be replaced in the colour white, including the walls, sofa and flowers.
The singer, who joined Sting and Kings of Leon on the show, was also adamant that he and his huge entourage should be given more than half of the fifteen dressing rooms available to the performers.
However, he really shocked BBC employees when he asked for his carpet to be flattened out with a heated tool as it was too bumpy for his liking.
A source told The Sun newspaper: ‘Everybody knew Kanye’s reputation for being a handful, but nobody had heard of a request for a carpet to be ironed before.
‘His entourage took over the studio, even though plenty of other stars were present.
‘Luckily once he got to the performance he was very quiet and unassuming.’
Perhaps the new father was letting off some steam after a recent altercation with the law. West has been charged with criminal battery and attempted grand theft after a fight with a photographer in LA’s LAX airport in July.
Both charges are misdemeanours but Kanye could face a year in jail if found guilty.
The theft charge relates to the rapper reportedly attempting to take the photographer’s camera during the incident.
West will be arraigned on October 10th.