Russell Crowe recently shared a surprising story about an encounter between his friend Sam Burgess and rapper Kanye West at a London hotel.
And on Tuesday, retired NRL star Sam, 31, confirmed that the meeting did indeed happen – and claimed the Grammy winner had actually called him ‘poor’.
Speaking to Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa, the former South Sydney Rabbitohs prop said: ‘It was a weird night!’
‘It was a weird night!’ Former footy star Sam Burgess (pictured) has confirmed his ‘weird’ run-in with Kanye West, telling Fitzy & Wippa on Tuesday that the rapper had called him ‘poor’ while on a night out with Russell Crowe at the Dorchester Hotel in London
Sam explained: ‘I had driven from Bath over to the Dorchester for a session with Rusty at China Tong down there and we were just sitting there and the drinks were flowing, as usual as they are with me and Rusty.
‘Kanye just walked in the room and sat down… I didn’t think it was Kanye at the start because he was so small. I couldn’t believe it!’
The rugby league player said the Gold Digger hitmaker was showing everyone in the room his designs for Yeezy sneakers, and Sam asked him what his inspiration was.
‘He goes, “Oh, I’m making clothes for poor people just like you,”‘ Sam laughed.
Ouch! The former South Sydney Rabbitohs star said the Gold Digger rapper (pictured) was showing everyone in the room his designs for Yeezy sneakers, and Sam asked him what his inspiration was. ‘He goes, “Oh, I’m making clothes for poor people just like you,”‘ Sam laughed
He continued: ‘I was kind of chuffed that he called me poor. I thought, “Oh yeah, I’m a peasant! Come and eat dinner at my table if you want, Kanye. It’s fine!”‘
Sam also said that as he and Russell were finishing up their dinner, Kanye ordered two chocolate cakes.
‘He was like slurping these two chocolate fondant cakes and I’m looking at him going, “What a peasant! He called me a poor guy, but I’m watching you eat chocolate cakes like you’ve never eaten before!”‘
Oscar-winning actor Russell first revealed the unlikely feud between the sportsman and the presidential-hopeful on the Fitzy and Wippa show on Monday.
It’s a small world! Russell Crowe (pictured) first revealed the unlikely feud between the sportsman and the presidential-hopeful on the Fitzy and Wippa show on Monday
Russell told the radio program: ‘[He came down and] brought his computer with him. He was just scrolling through a bunch of stuff he was working on. “Here’s some design stuff I have been doing,” etc.’
The hip-hop star told Russell and Sam that he had just produced a song with Sir Paul McCartney, which was later released as FourFiveSeconds in 2015.
Russell continued: ‘[Kanye said,] “So, here’s this song I recorded with Paul McCartney.” So he played it and it hadn’t come out yet. And we were like, “Yeah, it’s great.”
Russell said that Sam had had a couple of drinks by this time and decided to sing along to the track, much to Kanye’s annoyance.
Singalong? Russell explained he’d been having a drink with Sam (pictured) at the China Tang restaurant at The Dorchester when Kanye, who happened to be staying at the same hotel, saw them and asked if he could join the conversation
Social: Kanye played a sample of his new song with Sir Paul McCartney, which was later released as FourFiveSeconds in 2015, but was unimpressed when Sam drunkenly sang along despite not knowing the lyrics. Pictured: Kanye West
‘So he played it four or five times and at one point Sam is singing along except he doesn’t really know the words,’ the Australian star explained.
Unsurprisingly, Sam’s vocal efforts didn’t go down well with Kanye.
Russell continued: ‘I could see a little twitch in Kanye’s eye. I said, “Sam, you know you’re getting the words wrong? And the wrong day?”
‘And Sam was like, “It doesn’t matter what day it is, man.” Then he was like, ‘Kanye, Kanye, does it matter what day it is?”‘
Old friends: Russell explained that he’d met Kanye before the awkward encounter in London. They had spent time together in Sydney, where Kanye met with the actor to discuss using material from Gladiator (pictured) for a project
The Stronger hitmaker then looked at the English sportsman from across the table and muttered angrily: ‘Yeah…’
Russell explained that he’d met Kanye before the awkward encounter, hence why the musician decided to come over and greet him at The Dorchester.
They had spent time together in Sydney, where Kanye met with the actor to discuss using material from Gladiator for a project.
It comes after Kanye held his first rally for his 2020 presidential bid. The husband of Kim Kardashian is expected to run as an independent.
White House bid: It comes after Kanye held his first rally for his 2020 presidential bid. The husband of Kim Kardashian is expected to run as an independent