People who have not had their fill of the Kanye West and Taylor Swift drama will be glad to know there’s more.
West’s wife Kim Kardashian released a series of Snapchat videos Sunday night that show a phone call between West and Swift about the now-infamous “Famous” lyrics. The videos reveal both parties fudged on the details. The most popular video had nearly 40,000 views by Monday morning, and all had at least 20,000 views.
The lyrics, for those living in the dark, said, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous.”
The lyrics reference the notorious incident when Swift won Best Female Video at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards and West came up on stage, interrupting her and saying, “Yo Taylor, I’m really happy for you. I’ll let you finish. But Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time!”
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West eventually apologized to Swift for the interruption, saying, “I immediately knew in that situation that it was wrong.”
The two seemed to develop mutual respect for each other after that point, and that’s reflected in the videos released by Kardashian on Sunday. In them, West tells Swift that he cares about her “as a person, and as a friend. I want things that make you feel good — I don’t want to do rap that makes people feel bad.”
Swift responds, “I really appreciate you telling me about it, that’s really nice.”
West later adds, “Relationships are more important than punchlines.”
But West only seems to read the first part of the lyric. The videos never show him reading the part where he takes credit for Swift’s fame and calls her a “bitch.” Swift later does reference a line about West making her famous, but never references the insult.
After hearing the first part of the line, Swift says she’s worried that it’s “overexposure,” but West tells her he thinks it’s “a really cool thing to have.”
She eventually seems to agree, saying when people ask her about the lyric she’ll tell them they talked about it beforehand and say, “Jokes on you guys, we’re fine.”
You can watch all of the Snapchat videos, uploaded to Kardashian’s Instagram, here.
Swift responded on Instagram right after the videos were posted, pointing out that the videos showed West never said he was going to call her, “that bitch.”
“It doesn’t exist because it never happened,” Swift wrote. “You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to being called ‘that bitch’ in front of the entire world.”
The videos contradict previous stories by both parties, but Swift’s version more so than West’s and Kardashian’s.
Immediately after the song’s original release, Swift said in a Grammy’s acceptance speech that “I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way that are going to undercut your success, or take credit for your accomplishments, or your fame. 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 will know that it was you and the people who love you that put you there.”
West asserted in a tweet that he had called Swift for approval and she had given her blessing.
Swift’s publicist denied that Swift had approved the lyric.
“Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account,” her publicist told BuzzFeed. “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.’”
In a GQ interview, Kardashian talked more about the phone call and insisted Swift had known about the full lyric.
“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?’ ‘ ”
Kardashian insisted Swift knew about the video and told them to destroy it.
In response to that article, Swift’s publicist revised the story, only saying Swift had not given approval to the lyric, “that bitch.” After the GQ interview but before last night’s videos were release, Swift’s publicist said:
“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.”
After the release of the videos, people took to Twitter to make jokes about Swift in a trending topic called the #KimExplosedTaylorParty. Many called Swift a snake.
The Snapchat videos showed only excerpts of the phone call between Swift and West, so maybe a full release will clear up more details.