Back in 2016, a snippet from a phone call between Taylor Swift and Kanye West shook the internet. Now, a full video of the conversation has leaked online.
For those who forgot, the “Look What You Made Me Do” songstress and the rapper 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. A spokesperson for Taylor told People Magazine, “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.’”
That’s when Kanye’s wife, Kim Kardashian, 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.”
The reality star even came through with the receipts, and shocked everyone when she shared a video to her Snapchat story of the alleged phone call.
“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.”
After the video leaked, Taylor seemingly responded by liking Tumblr posts pointing out she was “telling the truth the entire time.” As for Kim, she liked a Tweet that read, “The video showed nothing new. We all knew that. I’m so confused right now.”
Fans can check out the entire transcript for the phone call here.
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