GQ dedicated its 10th Love, Sex & Madness issue to Internet-breaker Kim Kardashian. The reality star mogul and missus to rapper-cum-designer Kanye West posed in all her NSFW glory but also revealed the finer details of the beef between her husband and pop megastar Taylor Swift.
Recall in 2009 when ‘Ye stole Swift’s shine during her acceptance speech for Best Female Video at the MTV Video Music Awards by exclaiming, “Im’ma let you finish but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time!” Fast forward to 2016 and hit play on “Famous” off Kanye’s seventh studio album The Life of Pablo and once again, the leader of the Swifties becomes rap fodder. “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that bitch famous,” he spits. While Swift’s rep says the singer wasn’t pleased with the line, Kim K shared a different version of events. Here’s the excerpt:
“She totally approved that,” Kim says, shaking her head in annoyance. “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 is on a roll now, speaking faster and more animatedly than at any other point during our time together. “What rapper would call a girl that he was rapping a line about to get approval?”
Swift, Kim insists, “totally gave the okay. Rick Rubin was there. So many respected people in the music business heard that [conversation] and knew. 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.”
Kim also alleges that an attorney from Team Swift sent a letter warning not to release footage that was allegedly recorded during Taylor and Kanye’s phone call, where the former was said to have approved the “Famous” line. However, Swift’s rep returned with a lengthy statement in response.
“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 reads. “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.”
Billboard has reached out to reps for Swift and Kardashian for additional comment.
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