Kanye West has decided to give tonight's Met Gala a miss in favour of looking after his children leaving wife Kim Kardashian West to attend the event on her own.

The 39-year-old rapper has reportedly decided to skip the annual Costume Institute Gala which gets underway in New York City this evening, as he is still concerned of attending public events following his stint in hospital for exhaustion in November.

West will instead be looking after his and the 36-year-old reality star's three-year-old daughter North and seven-month-old son Saint at their Los Angeles home.

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A source told PEOPLE magazine: ''Kanye West will not be attending the Met Ball.

''Kim will be flying solo. He's still very much enjoying his time off from public events.

''He'll be staying back in L.A. with their kids.

''Everything is great with him and Kim and he's supportive of her going solo."

It is the first time the pair haven't attended the star-studded bash together since they made their debut in 2013.

Last year the couple rocked matching silvery outfits.