In 2008, the rapper told The Daily Mirror that he wanted to take a break from music and do something "completely normal," like intern for Louis Vuitton or avant-garde designer Raf Simons. "I was blown away from the planet when he told me," Simons told The New York Times. "I know he's very serious about this—I don't take it as a joke—but how can I imagine him being my intern? It's a very extreme situation." Neither of those gigs came about. Kanye notoriously interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and did not, in fact, let her finish, then fled the country to hide his big head in shame and let the controversy die down. The fashion-obsessed rapper's first stop was Japan and then he made a home for himself in Rome, where he tried out a new job. "I was interning at Fendi. Every day, going to work, walking to work, getting cappuccinos"” West told New York radio DJ Angie Martinez a year later. "I interned. Like Daniel Day-Lewis, when he's not acting, he's working on shoes or something, just supernormal, everyday things."