This past February, the latest wrinkle in the ongoing saga of Kanye West vs. Taylor Swift occurred after Ye name-dropped Swift on the track “Famous” from his album The Life of Pablo. “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous,” was the now-infamous line that led to Swift putting Kanye on blast during her acceptance speech after her Album of the Year win at this year’s Grammys. In the aftermath, Kanye was livid–he claimed Swift knew about the line and approved of the line; only to then pretend to be offended for the sake of her public image. And now, his wife Kim Kardashian, says there’s proof that Swift’s shocked reaction was bogus.
In her GQ cover story, Kardashian says that Swift did, in fact, co-sign the line, only to backpedal for the sake of “playing the victim.”
“Rick Rubin was there. So many respected people in the music business heard that [conversation] and knew,” Kim says. “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.”
“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?”
Kardashian also says that Swift’s attorney sent West a letter requesting that the footage be destroyed.
“Then they sent an attorney’s letter like, ‘Don’t you dare do anything with that footage,’ and asking us to destroy it.”
Kardashian explained that it was normal for everything to be filmed because it was a documentary project.
“When you shoot something, you don’t stop every two seconds and be like, ‘Oh wait, we’re shooting this for my documentary,’” she said. “You just film everything, and whatever makes the edit, then you see, then you send out releases. It’s like what we do for our show.”
Once again, Swift’s team has denied that she knew about the lyric. They released a statement following Kim K’s claims–essentially accusing her of co-signing Kanye just to “stand by her man.”
“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,” the statement says. “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.”