Will Kanye West join Kim Kardashian at the Met Gala?

Kanye West won’t be making a trip to the tailor this month. A source close to the Kardashians tells Us Weekly exclusively that the rapper will not attend the 2018 Met Gala on Monday, May 7, with his wife, Kim Kardashian.

“Kanye is definitely not going,” the source insists.

A second source tells Us that West had been “all over the place about going,” adding, “One minute he says that he will go. Another, he insists that the album needs more work. Kim just wants to go to the gala and have a great time.“

This will be the second consecutive year that West, 40, skips the annual fashion event in New York City. Last year, he instead opted to relax back in Los Angeles in the wake of his nine-day hospitalization for a mental breakdown the previous November.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Priyanka Chopra attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
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“He’s at home,” Kardashian, 37, told Vogue’s André Leon Talley during an interview inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art at the time. “He’s been taking some time off and really loving that.”

The 21-time Grammy winner and the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star made their red carpet debut as a couple at the 2013 Met Gala while she was pregnant with their daughter North, now 4. She showed off her baby bump in a Riccardo Tisci-designed floral Givenchy dress, while her then-boyfriend wore a classic black suit by the same French fashion house.

The couple — who married in Italy in May 2014, and also share son Saint, 2, and daughter Chicago, 3 months — last attended the gala together in 2016. They coordinated in silver Balmain outfits, with Kardashian wearing a long-sleeved gown and West donning a crystal-encrusted jacket over a white T-shirt and ripped jeans.

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NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Rihanna attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Caroline Kennedy and John Schlossberg attend the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Hailey Baldwin attends 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Nicki Minaj attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by John Shearer/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Haley Bennett attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Evan Rachel Wood attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Cara Delevingne attends 'Rei Kawakubo/Commes Des Garcons: Art of the In-Between' at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Sofia Sanchez de Beta attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Cynthia Erivo leaves from The Mark Hotel for the 2017 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Gar�ns: Art of the In-Between' Met Gala on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Ben Gabbe/Getty Images for The Mark Hotel)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Celine Dion attends 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala - Arrivals at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Rabbani and Solimene Photography/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Katy Perry arrives 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Julie Macklowe attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Gigi Hadid arrives at 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Tabitha Simmons attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Cynthia Erivo attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images For Entertainment Weekly)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Donatella Versace attends 'Rei Kawakubo/Commes Des Garcons: Art of the In-Between', the 2017 Costume Institute Benefit at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Rick Owens and Michelle Lemay arrive 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at The Metropolitan Museum on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Sean Zanni/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Fei Fei Sun attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Lily Aldridge attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Actress Carly Steel attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 01: Grace Hartzel attends the 'Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garcons: Art Of The In-Between' Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 1, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)
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The news of West’s forthcoming absence comes on the heels of his return to Twitter. In recent weeks, he has come under fire for expressing his support for President Donald Trump and suggesting that slavery was a “choice.” But a source notes in the new issue of Us that the artist “did exactly the same thing the last time he had an album coming out.”

The theme for this year’s Met Gala is Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination. The event will be cohosted by Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, Donatella Versace, Rihanna and Amal Clooney.

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