Kanye West only follows one person on Twitter: a fellow named Steve Holmes in the UK. It’s unclear how Kanye, who has amassed almost half a million followers since he started his account, decided that Mr. Holmes would be the one person whose updates he sees when he logs onto Twitter. But the rapper’s decision has wreaked havoc on the University of Nottingham student’s life. He went from having just 60 followers a week ago to now having almost 7,000. At first he was excited about it, and thanked Kanye for following him. At one point he event tweeted in response to a question Kanye had asked about the streaming music service Spotify, which so far is not available in the US.
But then things got dark. In an interview with the Coventry Telegraph, Mr. Holmes said he’d been approached for interviews by reporters at, Independent, Sky News, the BBC, CNN and New York. He’d turned them all down.
“I didn’t want to talk to any of them. Fame has never appealed to me. It’s vacuous,” Mr. Holmes told the newspaper. “I think there’s an obsession with celebrity culture. The thing is I don’t buy into that, but judging from the comments and messages I’ve had over the last couple of days, a lot of people do. 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.”
He also tweeted that the experience of having Kanye’s ear—and the attention that came with it—”has been completely surreal.”
“I really have no desire for this attention,” he wrote. “I’m just a normal person.”
(via Silicon Alley Insider)