Over the past month or so, there’s been a lot of talk in the media about the drama going on between Taylor Swift, Kanye West and the Kardashian clan — namely, Kim Kardashian West. And, honestly, the feud has been entirely confusing, hard to keep tabs on and seemingly never-ending.
So, for those of you who weren’t obsessively refreshing Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat like I was at 11:30 last night, here’s a quick run-down of what’s going on between the two mega-stars.
Grab your popcorn, folks.
In February, Kim’s husband and world-renown rapper Kanye West released a song called “Famous.”
The track, which is about the fame and wealth Kanye has gained over his career, features the line, “Me and Taylor might still have sex… I made that bitch famous” — obviously, this is referring to that unforgettable “Ima let you finish” interaction that took place between the two stars in 2009.
When the song debuted, Taylor released a statement saying she’d never heard the song, she didn’t approve it and she was offended by the lyrics.
“Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account,” her publicist said. “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 bitch famous.'”
In reply, Kanye posted this Tweet.
Then, a couple weeks later, while interviewing for her cover story with GQ, Kim weighed in on the situation.
“[Taylor] totally approved that,” Kim told GQ. “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.”
She then went on to say that, as proof, they also had a video of the phone interaction.
“Kim’s husband commissions videographers to film everything when he’s recording an album,” GQ wrote. “For posterity (and possibly, one day, a documentary).”
After this claim by Kim was released, Taylor’s people fought back with another statement which ended with the quote, “Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, will not just leave her alone.”
“Taylor does not hold anything against Kim Kardashian, as she recognizes the pressure Kim must be under and that she is only repeating what she has been told by Kanye West,” the statement read. “However, that does not change the fact that much of what Kim is saying is incorrect. Kanye West and Taylor only spoke once on the phone while she was on vacation with her family in January of 2016 and they have never spoken since. Taylor has never denied that conversation took place.”The statement goes on to say, “It was on that phone call that Kanye West also asked her to release the song on her Twitter account, which she declined to do. Kanye West never told Taylor he was going to use the term ‘that b**ch’ in referencing her. A song cannot be approved if it was never heard. Kanye West never played the song for Taylor Swift. Taylor heard it for the first time when everyone else did and was humiliated. Kim Kardashian’s claim that Taylor and her team were aware [of the lyrics] is not true, and Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, will not just leave her alone.”
Well, in Kim’s mind, enough was enough and during the most recent episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” she not only openly spoke out about the situation, but promised to release footage of the conversation that took place between Taylor and Kanye, if she felt it necessary.
“But I was just like, ‘I’ve so had it.’ I just felt like I wanted to defend him in it. [Taylor] legitimately, quote, says, ‘As soon as I get on that Grammy red carpet, I’m gonna tell all the press I was in on it,'” she said on the show. “Just another way to play the victim. Definitely got her a lot of attention the first time.”
And, apparently, she felt it necessary because not even an hour after the “KUWTK” episode aired, Kim posted the conversation footage on her Snapchat.
This is only a snippet of the video, you can watch the whole thing on Kim’s Snapchat, but here’s a breakdown.
Kanye sings Taylor the “Famous” lyrics and they go on to talk about the importance of their friendship over the release of a track. Taylor even calls the line “a compliment.”
“Oh well this one is, uh — I think this is a really cool thing to have,” Kanye says.
“I know! I mean it’s like a compliment kind of,” Taylor replies.
She then goes on to talk about the 2009 drama saying, “Like you obviously didn’t know who I was before that. It doesn’t matter if I sold 7 million of that album before you did that, which is what happened. You didn’t know who I was before that.”
And claims that, if asked about the song, she’ll tell everyone Kanye asked her permission.
“And you know, if people ask me about it, I think it would be great for me to be like, ‘Look, he called me and told me about the line before it came out.’ Like, joke’s on you guys, we’re fine. You guys wanna call this a feud, you wanna call this throwing shade. But right after the song comes out, I’m gonna be on a Grammy red carpet and they’re gonna ask me about it. And I’m gonna be like, ‘He called me,'” she said.
So, this proves that Taylor did talk to Kanye, but she didn’t in fact hear the line where he calls her “that bitch.”
Taylor fought back with an icy Instagram post saying, “That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet.”
Kim’s got the receipts ¯_(ツ)_/¯.