Kanye West
Kanye West breaks down while discussing his last fashion mentor, Louise WilsonReuters

American rapper and songwriter Kanye West broke down during an interview with BBC Radio 1â€ēs Zane Lowe, while talking about the death of his mentor.

The 37-year-old rapper unexpectedly started to cry while discussing about the late Louise Wilson, a fashion design professor at Central Saint Martins College of Arts and Design.

Wilson died in May last year after a battle with breast cancer.

"The last time I saw her we had dinner at Hakkasan, my favorite restaurant in London. I think she knew she was gonna pass, and she just wanted to give me some words of advice to move forward. She was asking me about my daughter. She was asking me about my wife," West said.

"She said, 'So many students, they don't give it their all. As soon as they do something good at 2 years old, 3 years old, their parents clap.' That's what she said. She just looked at me and said, 'Kanye, don't clap'."

He went on: "I didn't know we were gonna lose her. She told me, she said, 'Thank you for the times you came to performances. This has really meant a lot to me'."

After returning from a brief break, West said: "That's never happened to me in an interview before."

During an interview with Vogue in 2011, Wilson gushed about Kim Kardashian's husband.

"I have known Kanye for about two years," she said. "He is very knowledgeable about fashion and interested - he is also interesting, he has an individual point of view... I have not however been working closely with him on a collection but I certainly wish him well."