Remember when Kanye West released his song “Famous” from his album “Life of Pablo” and pissed Taylor Swift (and the whole world) off with hisscandalous lyrics?
In case you haven’t been following the drama, here’s a quick overview:
A few months back, West took a supposed dig at Forbes’ Highest Paid Celebrity in his controversial new single by referencing her with these explicit lyrics:
For all my Southside niggas that know me best
I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex
Why? I made that bitch famous
Outraged by the song, the country-turned-pop singer had no qualms about calling the rapper out on his “misogynistic” lyrics. She made her feelings known in a very public way by throwing shade at the Grammy Awards, where she made a pointed reference to Kanye in her acceptance speech.
“As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I wanna say to all the young women out there: There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,” Swift said. “But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you’re going, you’ll look around and you’ll know that it was you and the people who love you that put you there, and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”
In response to the backlash, West was quick to defend himself by claiming that Swift had in fact approved the aforementioned lyrics (he said he called her before releasing the song) and she even thought they were “funny.” The rapper even wrote a series of tweets explaining his side:
Swift’s publicist then responded with the following statement:
“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.”
And of course, that was that—until last month, when Kim backed her husband’s story in her GQ interview.
“She totally approved that,” Kim said. “She totally knew that that was coming out. She wanted to all of a sudden act like she didn’t. I swear, my husband gets so much shit for things [when] he really was doing proper protocol and even called to get it approved.”
Revealing that the conversation had been recorded, Kim continued: “[Swift] totally gave the okay. Rick Rubin was there. So many respected people in the music business heard that [conversation] and knew… he’s called me a bitch in his songs. That’s just, like, what they say. I never once think… ‘What a derogatory word! How dare he?’ Not in a million years. I don’t know why she just, you know, flipped all of a sudden… It was funny because [on the call with Kanye, Taylor] 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.”
Now, fast forward to this week, when out of nowhere, Kim broke the Internet for the second time by releasing the incriminating footage of Taylor seemingly approving Kanye’s “Famous” lyrics on her Snapchat.
In the video clips, Kanye is seen reciting the lyrics,“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex,” to Taylor, who was on speaker throughout the duration of the call. She then responds approvingly, even going so far as to call the line a “compliment.”
“I don’t want to do rap that makes people feel bad,” he adds. “I just have a responsibility to you as a friend, you know? And uh, I mean, thanks for being, like, so cool about it.”
Taylor can then be heard thanking Kanye for seeking her approval: “I really appreciate you telling me about it, that’s really nice… I really appreciate it. Like, the heads up is so nice… I never would have expected you to tell me about a line in one of your songs.”
She adds: “And I’m really glad that you have the respect to call me and tell me that as a friend about the song… It’s just like, it’s a really cool thing to do — and a really good show of friendship. So thank you.”
Shortly after Kim’s Snapchat bombshell, Taylor posted the following response on her Instagram:
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