Taylor took to her Instagram Stories to address the situation, and she used the opportunity ito raise money for the current coronavirus pandemic.
“Instead of answering those who are asking how I feel about the video footage that leaked, proving that I was telling the truth the whole time about *that call* (you know, the one that was illegally recorded, that somebody edited and manipulated in order to frame me and put me, my family and fans through hell for four years)… Swipe up to see what really matters,” she wrote, alongside a link to Feeding America — an organization designed to help deliver food to those who can’t afford to eat. “The World Health Organization and Feeding America are some of the organizations I’ve been donating to. If you have the ability to, please join me in donating during this crisis.”
Then, Kim posted a message of her own.
“@taylorswift has chosen to reignite an old exchange — that at this point in time feels very self-serving given the suffering millions of real victims are facing right now. I didn’t feel the need to comment a few days ago, and I’m actually really embarrassed and mortified to be doing it right now, but because she continues to speak on it, I feel I’m left without a choice but to respond because she is actually lying,” Kim wrote on her Instagram Stories. “To be clear, the only issue I ever had around the situation was that Taylor lied through her publicist who stated that ‘Kanye never called to ask for permission…’ They clearly spoke so I let you all see that. Nobody ever denied the word ‘b***h’ was used without her permission. At the time when they spoke the song had not been fully written yet, but as everyone can see in the video, she manipulated the truth of their actual conversation in her statement when her team said she ‘declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.’”
“The lie was never about the word b***h, It was always whether there was a call or not and the tone of the conversation,” the reality star continued. “I never edited the footage (another lie) — I only posted a few clips on Snapchat to make my point and the full video that recently leaked doesn’t change the narrative. To add, Kanye as an artist has every right to document his musical journey and process, just like she recently did through her documentary. Kanye has documented the making of all of his albums for his personal archive, however has never released any of it for public consumption and the call between the two of them would have remained private or would have gone in the trash had she not lied and forced me to defend him. This will be the last time I speak on this because honestly, nobody cares. Sorry to bore you all with this. I know you are all dealing with more serious and important matters.”
Taylor’s publicist, Tree Paine, then responded via Twitter, where she shared a screenshot of her original statement, which read, “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that b***h famous.’”
“I’m Taylor’s publicist and this is my UNEDITED original statement. [By the way], when you take parts out, that’s editing,” she captioned it. “P.S. who did you guys piss off to leak that video?”
For those who forgot, the “Look What You Made Me Do” songstress and the “Stronger” musician have been embroiled in a feud for years. It all started when the singer won the award for Best Music Video at the 2009 Video Music Awards. But when Kanye jumped on stage in the middle of her acceptance speech and interrupted her, everyone was pretty shook.
“Imma let you finish, but Beyoncé had the best music video of all time,” he said.
Then, things got worse when Kanye released a song, called “Famous,” which had some pretty nasty lines about Taylor. In the tune, he called her a “b***h” and claimed that he was the reason she was famous. But after receiving a ton of backlash over it, the 42-year-old took to Twitter, where he claimed that he had gotten Taylor’s approval before releasing the track. But according to the blonde beauty, that’s not what happened at all. She released the above statement, and that’s when Kanye’s wife got involved. She stuck up for her husband during an interview with GQ Magazine. She also called Taylor a snake on Twitter.
“She totally approved that,” she said of the song. “She totally knew that that was coming out. She wanted to all of a sudden act like she didn’t. I don’t know why she just, you know, flipped all of a sudden. It was funny because [on the call with Kanye] she said, ‘When I get on the Grammy red carpet, all the media is going to think that I’m so against this, and I’ll just laugh and say, ‘The joke’s on you, guys. I was in on it the whole time.’ And I’m like, wait, but [in] your Grammy speech, you completely dissed my husband just to play the victim again.”
“It’s like a compliment,” Taylor could be heard saying in the clip, seemingly referring to the line in the song. “I never would’ve expected you to like tell me about a line in your song. I mean, I don’t think anybody would listen to that and be like, ‘Oh, that’s a real diss.’ You gotta tell the story that way that it happened to you and the way you experienced it.”
She went on to add, “If people ask me about it, look, I think it would be great for me to be like, ‘He called me and told me before it came out — Joke’s on you, guys. We’re fine.”
The media quickly started to attack Taylor and call her a liar, but now that the full video has been leaked, it looks like she was telling the truth after all. It turns out, Kanye never told her about the line, “I made that b***h famous.” In fact, at one point during their conversation, she even expresses relief that he did not use the B-word in the song.
“Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me ‘that b****h’ in his song? It doesn’t exist because it never happened. You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to being called ‘that b****h’ in front of the entire world,” Taylor responded at the time with one last post on her Instagram. “Of course I wanted to like the song. I wanted to believe Kanye when he told me that I would love the song. I wanted us to have a friendly relationship. He promised to play the song for me, but he never did. While I wanted to be supportive of Kanye on the phone call, you cannot ‘approve’ a song you haven’t heard. Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination. I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009.”
Fans can check out the entire transcript for the phone call here.
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