Sharon Osbourne has called Kanye West "embarrassing" and said the billionaire rapper should "give back" the loan he received from the US government for his Yeezy fashion brand.

Official figures show that West, who is married to Kim Kardashian-West, was approved for a loan between two and five million dollars to help retain 106 jobs during the coronavirus pandemic.

Speaking on US daytime show The Talk, Osbourne said that West should return the money to the US government. 

Sharon Osbourne has called on Kanye West to give back his government loan 

She said: "I thought it was like mama and papa type companies that really don't have that much profit in the bank, so you know they need help to keep people's jobs and everybody going.

"And I just think that when you have that sort of cash, it's embarrassing to ask when you have it yourself. You have it, you have more than enough to keep 100 people going, so why ask the government, take from the government?

"I just don't get that. When you are so wealthy, your family, everybody in your family is so wealthy, why are you doing this? I think he should give the money back."

Kanye West with his wife Kim Kardashian-West

West was named a billionaire by Forbes magazine in April, largely thanks to his stake in the Yeezy trainer line.

The 43-year-old had long coveted the status and the magazine said he accused Forbes of "purposely snubbing me" when it refused to class him as a billionaire a year earlier.

After announcing his intention to run for US President the musician gave a wide-ranging interview to the same publication, outlining his presidential credentials, despite already having missed the deadline to appear on the ballot in a number of US states.

West said he is anti-abortion, anti-vaccination and pro-school prayer.