Kim Kardashian West‘s feud with Taylor Swift escalated on Sunday night, when the reality TV star published a recording of her husband Kanye West discussing his song “Famous” with the “Shake It Off” singer.
In a series of videos posted to her Snapchat account, West is seen asking Swift for her opinion of the lyric “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.”
In the videos, Swift told West that she never would have expected him to give her a heads up about a lyric and thanked him for the courtesy.
“Go with whatever line you think is better. It’s obviously very tongue-in-cheek either way,” she added. “If people ask me about it I think it would be great for me to be like, ‘He called me and told me the lines before he came out. Joke’s on you guys. We’re fine.'”
Swift responded shortly thereafter with a statement posted to her Instagram account, in which she accused West of recording the conversation without her knowledge. Swift also wrote that West never told her that he planned to refer to her as “that b****” in the song.
“You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to being called ‘that b****’ in front of the entire world,” she wrote. “Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination. I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of since 2009.”
After West, 37, released “Famous” in February, Swift’s rep denied that West asked for approval and instead, claimed he asked Swift, 26, to release “Famous” on her Twitter account. According to Swift’s publicist, the singer declined to do so and warned West about the song’s “misogynistic message.” The rep also noted that Swift was never made aware of the lyric “I made that b**** famous.” The next day, Swift made a speech at the Grammys that many believed was aimed at West.
“As the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammys twice, I want to 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,” she 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 it was you and the people who love you who put you there and that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”
Then, in June, Kardashian West, 35, gave an interview to GQ magazine, in which she accused Swift of manufacturing the feud with West. She claimed in the story that there were recordings of the rapper discussing the song with the singer, and added that Swift gave her blessing.
“I don’t know why she just, you know, flipped all of a sudden,” Kardashian West said. “It was funny because [on the call with West, Swift] 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.'”
At the time, Swift’s rep responded with the following statement: “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 b****’ 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.”