Kanye West’s ex-girlfriend Brooke Crittenden weighed in on the rapper’s new girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, but she also spilled some secrets about Kanye as a boyfriend. To hear Brooke describe it, Kanye’s confident persona is a sham, and he’s secretly super insecure and needy.

“He was insecure as he couldn’t be with me every day,” she told The Sun.  “I got the impression he worried he wasn’t good enough for me. He needs people to tell him he is good and that he is needed and wanted.”

She also said Kanye wouldn’t start his shows unless Brooke was on the side of the stage. “He refused to go on ‘til I’d told him it was going to be OK.”

We can’t say for sure if Kim has these same issues, but given her public lifestyle we’d probably know if she was waiting in the wings of every single Kanye show. Even if she has, having Kanye’s baby is certainly going to take her off pep talk duty for a while!

Do you think it’s true? Who knows, maybe the Kanye of 2013 is a very different man from the one who dated Brooke for two and half years, beginning in 2004. We take anything a celeb’s ex tells a tabloid with a heaping spoonful of salt.

But we do hope one thing Brooke said is still true: that his New York apartment had a chair made entirely of teddy bears, and a dining room with “a Sistine Chapel thing” going on.