'Called me poor': Sam Burgess' 'weird' run-in with Kanye West

Sam Goodwin
·Sports Editor
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Sam Burgess, pictured here during his NRL career with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Sam Burgess has recounted a 'weird' night out with Kanye West. Image: Getty

Sam Burgess and Russell Crowe have recounted a “weird” night out with Kanye West in which the US Presidential hopeful called Burgess a “poor person”.

Speaking to Fitzy and Wippa on Nova radio on Monday, Crowe revealed how he and Burgess met up with Kanye at a restaurant beneath the Dorchester Hotel in London in 2015.

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And on Tuesday it was Burgess’ turn to give his side of the story.

Burgess said he and Crowe partied with Nicole Kidman, Brian McFadden, a number of football stars and the cast of reality TV show ‘Made In Chelsea’.

But it was his encounter with Kanye that left the biggest impression on Burgess.

The South Sydney champion was playing rugby for Bath at the time and made the trip to London after an invite from Crowe - the Rabbitohs’ owner.

“It was a weird night. I’d driven from Bath over to the Dorchester for a session with Rusty (Crowe),” Burgess said.

“We were just sitting down having dinner. Obviously the drinks were flowing, as usual when me and Rusty are together.

“Kanye just walked in and sat down. I didn’t think it was Kanye at the start because he was so small. I couldn’t believe it and I didn’t really care too much, but then I thought, ‘that’s pretty cool’.

“He brought his laptop in. He was showing everyone his new range and he also called me poor that night.

“He was showing me the new Yeezy stuff that he’d designed. He’d just been to Paris Fashion Week. Anyway, I’m going, ‘That’s cool. That’s really cool’.

“And then he says, ‘I’m making clothes for poor people just like you’.

“I thought, aww. I was kind of chuffed that he’d called me poor. I was like, ‘aww, that’s cool’.

“So I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m a peasant’. But you can come and eat food off my table, Kanye. That’s fine. That’s what he said. It was hilarious.”

Russell Crowe and Sam Burgess, pictured here after the Rabbitohs won the 2014 NRL grand final.
Russell Crowe and Sam Burgess celebrate after the Rabbitohs won the 2014 NRL grand final. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Sam Burgess got Kanye’s lyrics wrong

However it was Kanye’s bizarre choice of food that left Burgess wondering who the real ‘peasant’ was.

“He ordered two chocolate cakes and he was like slurping these chocolate fondant cakes. And I’m watching him eat these cakes going, ‘What a peasant’,” Burgess said.

“He called me a peasant and I am watching you eat chocolate cake like you’ve never eaten it before.

“I never get starstruck and I’m not really worried about what you do as long as you’re a good person — and he was cool. He was a cool guy. He was really open to be fair.”

However things turned a little sour when Burgess got the words to Kanye’s song ‘Four Five Seconds’ wrong.

“Obviously it’s a good tune and I was pretending to like it and I was singing along,” Burgess said.

“I was totally wrong. I was off-tune. I was off-beat. Different words. Different days. I was way off, but I was having a good old time.”

As Crowe recounted, Kanye wasn’t too impressed that Burgess was getting the days of the week wrong in the lyrics.

“It doesn’t matter what day it is. Kanye, does it matter what day it is?” Crowe recalled Burgess asking.

“Kanye just looked at him across the table and said, ‘yeah, it matters what day it is’,” Crowe said.