It's always awful when mum and dad fight, and it's even worse when your heroes fight. We'd all thought that Kanye West and Jay-Z were one of the bromances of our age, delivering in Watch the Throne one of the great albums of our time - the most inspirational collaboration since Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney.
If these two titans of the hip hop game could put their healthy egos to one side and work together, we as a species could do anything. Our souls soared as we watched them launch streaming services together, went on double dates together, and celebrated impending fatherhood together. They headlined Glastonbury only a few years apart, FFS. In this cruel world, where hope is a luxury and the only way is down, the fact that two demi-gods could unite in harmony was one of the few sources of joy we had.
But, as Adam Curtis would say, this was a fantasy.
Kanye, still smarting after the traumatic experience of Kim's robbery in Paris, has dropped the most disappointing truth bomb he could - he and Jay aren't on good terms.
If you have tears, prepare to shed them now.
If you're somewhere where you can't listen to Yeezy's dulcet tones, here's what he says at this show in Seattle.
“Don’t call me, after the robbery, and say, ‘How you feelin?' You wanna know how I’m feelin? Come by the house. Bring the kids by the house. Like we’re brothers. Let’s sit down... I can’t take this shit bro. Our kids have never even played together.”
He goes on to say there'll never be a Watch the Throne 2.
Apparently, it's off thanks to some "TIDAL-Apple bullshit," which means either some complex music industry politics, or his mid-morning snack drifted off into the sea and Jay is somehow responsible.
Either way, Kanye has a long history of sounding off and then backtracking, but this sounds real. We hate to say it, but this is worse than Lennon recording How Do You Sleep, Cube recording No Vaseline, or that time your dad had to go and stay with your aunt for a while. This could be it, folks.
Jay, Kanye - please patch it up. Please.