Kim Kardashian West and Taylor Swift’s rep took to Twitter Monday night to relay their respective versions of what did – or didn’t – happen during a phone call between Kanye West and Swift in 2016.
Kardashian West began by referencing coronavirus, expressing disbelief that Swift “has chosen to reignite an old exchange – that at this point in time feels very self-serving given the suffering millions of real victims are facing right now.”
To recap the feud: Back in 2016, West premiered the song “Famous,” which contained a controversial lyric about Taylor Swift: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that (expletive) famous.”
According to West, the inflammatory line was approved by Swift. Swift said she never heard the “made that (expletive) famous” lyric before the song was released. After Kim Kardashian West shared a clip from an apparent phone conversation between West and Swift about the lyric in question, the court of public opinion seemed to rule in favor of West.
The mood has since shifted.
Over the weekend new, unverified footage of a longer phone call between West and Swift seems to corroborate Swift’s claims the she did not approve of being called an expletive in the song. (The line seemed to nod to the way West interrupted Swift’s VMAs acceptance speech in 2009. Swift previously gave a dig toward West taking credit for her fame at the 2016 Grammys.)
The new phone call clip was released from an unknown source late Friday night and contains 25 minutes of chopped-up conversation.
In the nearly four-year-old conversation, West asks Swift for her approval of the “sex” lyric and she does tell him she thinks it’s funny. She continues: “I never would have expected you to tell me about a line in one of your songs. … That’s really nice that you did.”