Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift are nearly coming to blows — yet again!
This week, the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” star and the “Lover” singer engaged in a nasty social media back-and-forth over whether or not Swift approved lyrics to the 2016 song “Famous” — recorded by Kardashian’s husband Kanye West.
Need a refresher on the drama? Don’t worry, because we’ve got you covered!
In February 2016, West debuted “Famous” — as well as the rest of his “The Life of Pablo” album — at Madison Square Garden in New York.
“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that b*tch famous,” he rapped, referencing the infamous moment when he interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV VMAs.
Though TMZ reported that Swift gave West her approval — “She got the joke and gave him the thumbs up to release the song with the lyric,” the publication wrote — Taylor’s publicist said Swift never okayed the line, “I made that b*tch famous,” and that Kanye “did not call for approval.”
“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,” Swift’s representative told “E! News” at the time. “Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that b*tch famous.’”
Months later in July, Kardashian posted a series of Snapchats of an alleged phone call between Swift and West.
After West allegedly told her the lyrics, “For all my Southside ------- that know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex,” Swift allegedly responded, “Umm, yeah go with whatever line you think is better… It’s obviously very tongue in cheek either way. And I really appreciate you telling me about it, that’s really nice.”
Though Swift was never heard approving the line, “I made that b*tch famous” in the alleged clip, an overwhelming amount of social media users sided with Kardashian and West because they believed Swift gave her approval.
After Kardashian’s leak, Swift released a statement on social media, reiterating her argument that she never signed off on the “b*tch” line.
“Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me ‘that b*tch’ in his song? It doesn’t exist because it never happened,” Swift wrote at the time. “I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009.”
Fast-forward to last Friday when extended video of the alleged phone call circulated on Twitter and many social media users sided with Swift.
In the alleged call, West says “Famous” will include “a very controversial line,” which Swift then asks if it is going to be “mean.”
After Kanye says the line, “To all my Southside ------- that know me best / I feel like Taylor Swift might owe me sex,” Swift allegedly responded, “That’s not mean.”
Swift also allegedly tells West, “I’m glad it’s not mean, though... but like oh, my God, the build-up you gave it, I thought it was gonna be like, ‘That stupid, dumb b*tch. But it’s not.’”
Of course, West ended up calling Swift a “b*tch” in the song’s released version.
On Monday, Swift responded to the alleged resurfaced phone call, saying she “was telling the truth the whole time.” She also appears to take a jab at Kardashian, who Swift seemingly claims “edited and manipulated [the video] in order to frame me.”
While posting a link to Feeding America, to help those affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Swift shared on IG Story:
In response, Kardashian released a lengthy statement on Twitter claiming Swift “lied through her publicist” about West not asking her for approval. (As seen above, Swift’s publicist’s statement in 2016 read, “Kanye did not call for approval.”)
Though Kardashian concedes “‘b*tch’ was used without [Swift’s] permission,” she believes Swift never — in the words of her publicist’s 2016 statement — “declined and cautioned [Kanye] about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.”
Kardashian believes West is in the right because he did “call” Swift, and Swift’s “tone” suggested that she approved the song.
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 “bitch” was used without her permission.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 24, 2020
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— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 24, 2020
“declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.”— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 24, 2020
The lie was never about the word bitch, It was always whether there was a call or not and the tone of the conversation.
Kardashian also denies editing the footage, and believes the recently leaked extended video “doesn’t change the narrative.”
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.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 24, 2020
Kardashian also says “this will be the last time I speak on this because honestly, nobody cares,” as people around the world “are all dealing with more serious and important matters.”
This will be the last time I speak on this because honestly, nobody cares.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 24, 2020
Sorry to bore you all with this. I know you are all dealing with more serious and important matters.