Say what you will about Kanye West, but there’s no denying that he’s had a rough time lately.

Between his mental breakdown, the possible addition of one (or two) new babies to his family, and his very public falling out with Jay Z

The guy’s got a lot on his shoulders, that’s for sure.

But for now, let’s focus on that mess with Jay Z.

Kanye and Jay have been close for years and years, both personally and professionally.

Unfortunately, something happened between them in the past few years, and they grew distant — so distant that, according to Kanye, Jay never even checked in on his family after Kim Kardashian was robbed at gunpoint.

He revealed all of this information in one of his infamous rants last October.

As he explained it, he had an issue with Jay Z because he stopped their collaboration with Drake out of respect for Meek Mill — Drake and Meek don’t exactly get along.

To Kanye, Jay’s move was simply some “Tidal/Apple bullsh-t,” and “that sh-t got me tight, yo!”

“I can’t take this sh-t, bro,” he screamed at one point. And it was obviously true.

A month later, Kanye even dared to go after Beyonce, explaining in another public rant that he was hurt that she was “playing the politics too much and forgetting who we are just to win.”

“Jay Z, I know you got killers, please don’t send them at my head,” he added, apparently aware that slamming Beyonce was a bad idea

As we know, Jay Z didn’t send killers after Kanye — instead, he waited several months before addressing the matter in one brutal verse on his new album.

“I know people backstab you, I feel bad too,” he rapped in one song. “But this ‘f-ck everybody’ attitude ain’t natural.”

“But you ain’t the same, this ain’t KumbaYe, but you got hurt because you did cool by ‘Ye.”

He rapped about giving Kanye “20 million without blinkin’,” and in turn Kanye gave him “20 minutes on stage, f-ck was he thinkin’?”

“If everybody’s crazy,” Jay concluded, “you’re the one that’s insane.”

It’s all pretty sad, right? Especially since the two men were once so close.

And now, thanks to a new report from Page Six, it seems like we might finally know exactly what caused their issues.

Her name is Kim.

According to a source, Kanye’s original rant about Jay Z “was really about Kim and Beyonce not being BFFs.”

“Kanye is frustrated that his wife does not have a better relationship with Beyonce. He wanted to put that pressure on Jay.”

“It’s like, ‘We’re cool and we do business together, and now our wives should be friends?'” the source explained.

Sure, it would be nice if Kim and Beyonce could get as close as their husbands once were, but “It’s not organic. It’s not real.”

Because “Beyonce is a Southern, God-fearing woman, despite what you may see when she’s entertaining. She may not have much in common with Kim.”

So the whole feud began because Beyonce doesn’t want to be friends with Kim?

Sounds legit.

Thankfully, the source added that Jay and ‘Ye have a “familial” relationship, and he would be “very surprised if they didn’t work together or have some kind of relationship in the future.”

After all this, we could still get a happy ending?

Dare to dream.

The Hollywood Gossip