Controversial rapper Kanye West has confirmed that he intends to vote in the upcoming US presidential election - and indicated he will be supporting Donald Trump.

The musician and fashion designer is one of the few high-profile celebrities to publicly back Mr Trump and has been criticised for wearing a Make America Great Again (MAGA) hat.

In a wide-ranging interview with GQ magazine, West said the influence of his parents - who were both involved in the Civil Rights movement - means his race will not influence which box he will tick on the ballot paper in November.

"They didn't fight for me to be told by white people which white person I can vote on," he said, a reference to Mr Trump and Joe Biden, who has all but secured the Democratic Party nomination.

The 42-year-old said he is "definitely" voting, adding "and we know who I'm voting on".

He mocked Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign slogan of "I'm with her" and said the success of his most recent album was proof his music career will survive the fallout from any controversy surrounding his support for Mr Trump.

Kanye West with Donald Trump

He said: "And I'm not going to be told by the people around me and the people that have their agenda that my career is going to be over.

"Because guess what: I'm still here! Jesus Is King was No 1! I was told my career would end if I wasn't with her. What kind of campaign is that, anyway?

"That's like if Obama's campaign was 'I'm with black.' What's the point of being a celebrity if you can't have an opinion? Everybody make their own opinion!"

West also said buying property was "better now" than when Barack Obama was in the White House.

He said: "I buy real estate. It's better now than when Obama was in office. They don't teach you in school about buying property. They teach you how to become somebody's property."

Asked about his intentions when wearing the MAGA hat, West said: "I didn't intend for anything except to speak my mind and express how I felt. I have no intention other than to be free, and I don't intend to be free - I just simply am."

West is no stranger to making controversial comments on race and attracted strong criticism in 2018 when he said slavery was a "choice".