Friday, June 17, 2016

Taylor Swift Responds to Kim Kardashian Calling Her a Liar and Saying She Was "Playing the Victim" for GQ

Unless you've been living under a rock for the past seven years (perhaps, this rock?), you're probably aware that there's some, ahem, bad blood between Taylor Swift and Kanye West. Despite a brief respite from the feud in 2015 (see: Swift dancing with Kim Kardashian West during Kanye's performance at the 2015 Brit Awards; Swift presenting West with the Vanguard Award at the VMAs), tension returned this past February after Kanye debuted his latest album.


 The Life of Pablo. In opening verse of the track "Famous," West uttered the now infamous line "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex...Why? I made that bitch famous." Quickly, two sides formed. One: West, proclaiming he had gotten Swift's approval to go forward with the verse. The other: Swift publicly declaring that not only did she not grant approval, he was trying to take credit for her numerous career accomplishments. Taylor told Vogue that she's since lost interest in the whole debacle, but the American public has seemingly not. And now, thanks to GQ's latest cover story with Kim, we're getting some new intel on the entire situation.

In her interview, Kardashian told GQ's Caity Weaver that Swift lied about being caught off guard. Countering Swift's claims, she said:

She totally approved that. 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. What rapper would call a girl that he was rapping a line about to get approval?”

Kim also alleged that the entire conversation was caught on tape because Kanye, ever the perfectionist, commissions a video team to record him for the entire duration of his studio recordings (presumably, so he can review the tapes; possibly so he can create a documentary about his life).


She continued, saying:

[Taylor] totally gave the okay. Rick Rubin was there. So many respected people in the music business heard that [conversation] and knew. I mean, he's called me a bitch in his songs. That's just, like, what they say. I never once think, [gasping] ‘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.”

And according to Kardashian, Swift's legal team contacted West and urged him to destroy any video record of the conversation. Playing coy, she said, "[There's] maybe an attorney's letter she sent saying, ‘Don't ever let that footage come out of me saying that. Destroy it.’”

GQ reached out to Kanye's team for confirmation, and though they asserted a recording did happen, they refused to provide further proof.

Swift, however, maintains that no such tape exists, she did not grant Kanye approval for the line, and it is Kim, not her, who is lying. In a statement to GQ, her team said:

“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. 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. 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 bitch’ 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 being recorded is not true, and Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, will not just leave her alone.”

...and so the Kanye West/Taylor Swift feud lives on.

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