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Amber Rose responds to controversial 'Famous' video: 'I am not just Kanye West's ex-girlfriend'

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Published 02/07/2016 | 11:40

Model Amber Rose sought cosmetic injections from the woman accused of killing a London break dancer with an illegal jab, the Black Madam trial was told
Model Amber Rose sought cosmetic injections from the woman accused of killing a London break dancer with an illegal jab, the Black Madam trial was told
Kanye West 'Famous'
PARIS - JANUARY 26: Kanye West and Amber Rose attend the Givenchy Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture S/S 2010 on January 26, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Amber Rose arrives at the 2016 iHeartRADIO MuchMusic Video Awards at MuchMusic HQ on June 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
Recording artist Wiz Khalifa (L) featured wearing Converse in support of the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp and model Amber Rose attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Amber Rose is sick and tired of tabloid reports forever linking her to her exes, Kanye West and Wiz Khalifa.

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The model dated Kanye from 2008 to 2010 and was married to Wiz, the father of her son, for a year until they split in 2014.

Amber's likeness appears in Kanye's controversial new Famous video, in which she appears to be lying naked in bed next to her ex, his wife Kim Kardashian, her ex Ray J, and West's rival Taylor Swift, among other stripped celebrities.

Everyone in the video is someone Kanye has been connected to in the past, but Amber wants people to know she has built her career on her own since splitting from him six years ago - and she hates being referred to as his ex-girlfriend.

Kanye West 'Famous'
Kanye West 'Famous'

"The misconception - and I still hear this seven years later, to this day - is, 'You're only famous for Kanye," she tells The Daily Beast.

"Initially, absolutely. In 2009, when they're like, 'Amber Rose - Kanye's girlfriend,' I was like, 'OK, that's pretty accurate. That's what it is.' But I didn't ask to be famous, and I didn't even talk or do interviews for two years, because I thought, 'I don't want this. I'm not famous.'

"Over time, with going out in public, I realised it would never go away, so I didn't have any choice but to progress," she continues.

"Everything I've done since then is my own doing, and I've worked my f**king a** off for everything I have...

PARIS - JANUARY 26: Kanye West and Amber Rose attend the Givenchy Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture S/S 2010 on January 26, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
PARIS - JANUARY 26: Kanye West and Amber Rose attend the Givenchy Fashion Show during Paris Fashion Week Haute Couture S/S 2010 on January 26, 2010 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)

"But they (tabloid reporters and chat show hosts) always want to diminish my accomplishments and put them on someone else when I work really hard."

And now she is ready to shake off her links to the past by fronting a new talk show for American network VH1 - something she insists she couldn't have done when she was married to rapper Wiz.

"When you're in a relationship, especially with a famous man... there are certain things that you stop yourself from doing," she explains.

"Wiz is a rapper so he talks about 'f**king hos' and doing s**t like that, but I'm a feminist, so I have my views about that, while also supporting my husband in his craft, and supporting him to be creative.

Amber Rose arrives at the 2016 iHeartRADIO MuchMusic Video Awards at MuchMusic HQ on June 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)
Amber Rose arrives at the 2016 iHeartRADIO MuchMusic Video Awards at MuchMusic HQ on June 19, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Sonia Recchia/Getty Images)

"That became very difficult. And now that we've separated, I was able to have my own voice and do me. And it worked."

Recording artist Wiz Khalifa (L) featured wearing Converse in support of the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp and model Amber Rose attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
Recording artist Wiz Khalifa (L) featured wearing Converse in support of the GRAMMY Foundation's GRAMMY Camp and model Amber Rose attend the 56th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on January 26, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

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