In her new GQ cover story, Kim Kardashian West backed up her Kanye West’s assertion that Taylor Swift knew about a contentious lyric from his song “Famous” before the song was released. “I feel like me and Taylor still might have sex/ Why? I made that bitch famous” were the lyrics. A rep for Swift denied this assertion for a second time in a statement to GQ.
At the time, a representative for Swift responded: “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. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that bitch famous.'”
Now Kardashian West has weighed in. “[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.”
Kim said she has two forms of proof. First, she claimed Rick Rubin was there. “So many respected people in the music business heard that [conversation] and knew.” Second, Kim said that the call between Kanye and Taylor was filmed. “Kim’s husband commissions videographers to film everything when he’s recording an album,” GQ notes, “for posterity (and possibly, one day, a documentary).” In addition, Kim alleges that Swift knew about this footage and was nervous about it. “They sent an attorney’s letter like, ‘Don’t you dare do anything with that footage,’ and asking us to destroy it.”
Swift’s rep issued another refutation. The latest statement has more teeth, declaring that Kim “is only repeating what she has been told by Kanye West” before adding, “Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, will not just leave her alone.”
Read the statement in full below.
“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.”