Kanye West was pretty much the only person on the planet who liked Kim Kardashian's 2013 Met Gala gown. Now rumor has it not even the designer himself thought the couch-print confection was cute ... and that he had her wear it on purpose because he and West are secretly in love.

Right. Got it.

InTouch Weekly claims that West may be in a relationship with Givenchy director Riccardo Tisci, and that the designer deliberately sabotaged Kardashian and tried making her look bad.

Apparently Tisci also spends a ton of time at West's place in Paris -- which is why Ye allegedly wants to move there with Kardashian and their spawn.

“Kanye is obsessed with Riccardo," a source claimed (via Hollywood Life). "They have a very deep bond."

"Kim’s freaking out," another friend supposedly told the tab. "If it turns out Kanye is involved with Riccardo, she will be utterly embarrassed -- more so than she’s ever been in her life."

We have no doubt this story is completely bogus -- partly because Kim's famous shamelessness would make it quite a feat for her to be "utterly embarrassed."

If it's any konsolation, West's penchant for Kardashian look-alikes in bed should quell any of her doubts. And let's be real, Kim's maternity clothing was awful long before Tisci swathed her in a slip-cover and then sent her out in public.

When the interwebz lit up with harsh criticism of the floral monstrosity, Riccardo stood firm and defended it, telling Women's Wear Daily:

“She is a really good friend, and I am very happy she came to the Met for the first time. I love Kim. Doing maternity was fantastic. I wanted to have a Kim Kardashian moment, because Kim always supports me. She is the future wife of a really good friend of mine. I wanted to have a moment of family ... Kim, Kanye and the baby. It will be a family that I will be close to.

Kim said, ‘Ricky, I love what you’re doing so much, I am in your hands.’ I said, we should give her our punk moment with a romantic beautiful flower-printed dress. I have dressed many pregnant women in the past.

People can say what they want. To me, pregnancy is the most beautiful thing in the world, and when you celebrate something, you give people flowers. I think she looked amazing. She was the most beautiful pregnant woman I dressed in my career.”

The sad part is the ludicrous story about Kanye and Tisci being in love actually makes more sense than a world-class designer thinking that gown was worthy of a world stage.