"He's one of those people that’s not 100% normal..."

La Roux has spoke about her experiences working alongside Kanye West.

Elly Jackson was invited into the studio alongside Yeezy back in 2010, when he was completing his masterful album 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy'.

Speaking to Phil Taggart for his Slacker podcast, she explained that the whole experience was "really strange".

She recalled: "Collaboration is too much of a strong word. I just turned up and did what I was told..."

"He’s one of those people that’s not 100% normal. It’s kind of a fascinating world to be in. You can’t talk about anything normal. You can’t just have a normal conversation — I didn’t manage to anyway, I found it impossible."

She said that the hip-hop icon is "on show 24 hours a day, it’s just him. It’s also kind of amazing to be around — I’ll never be around anything like that again. It was really strange."

When she returned to the UK, La Roux commented to a friend on her experiences - somehow, word got back to an offended Kanye, who asked for a written apology.

"It was ridiculous, I just wrote it all with a massive grin on my face. They do genuinely have quite a lot of power! I was like: ‘I think I am going to actually apologise! It’s no skin off my nose.'”

Insisting that she didn't "say anything bad about him," she added that she "saw some behaviour — that wasn’t directed towards me — that I can’t approve as a fellow human being."

Elly continued: "I’m not going to go into it, but I saw some behaviour that I found upsetting, unsettling. And that’s all I said."

"(Kanye) was absolutely lovely to me, he was. It’s a hierarchical situation, I don’t know what to say. I don’t like hierarchy, and I’m not going to sit here and pretend that I do. And I’m not gonna also [partake] in this ‘conspiracy of silence’ where everyone pretends everything is fucking normal when it’s blatantly not. I’m not that person, I can’t cover shit up."

Listen to the conversation in full below.

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