And just like that, T. Swift’s back. But maybe not for the best reasons.
Remember Kanye West’s song “Famous”? Just a refresher: There is a line at the beginning of the song that goes, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why / I made that bitch famous.” Swifties everywhere were upset about that lyric, as was Taylor. Or so we thought.
Turns out, Taylor knew about it before the song was released—at least, that’s what Kanye’s wife and GQ’s newest cover star Kim Kardashian West claims. In her interview for the magazine, Kim tells GQ that Kanye called Taylor and told her about the reference in the song. Kim says a bunch of other higher-ups in the music industry also knew about the phone call.
Kim even says, “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.”
Taylor’s people responded via GQ, saying Kanye didn’t play Taylor the song before it was released to the public:
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.
But honestly, when a rapper you’ve had beef with tells you he has mentioned you in one of his songs, what would you really expect? Probably not something super nice, tbh…