While most of us are fretting about going literally mad cooped up inside our houses for the next month, celebrities are doing their best to distract us with live concerts, a la James Blake and John Legend, and Instagram Live conversations with each other, a la Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato. Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift have a different tactic, opting to reignite their ongoing feud surrounding Kanye West’s ‘Famous’ lyrics.
In case you somehow missed it, over the weekend the 2016 full phone call between Swift and West was leaked online, showing that Swift didn’t approve West’s lyric “I made that b*tch famous.” At the time of the song’s release three years ago, Swift released a statement denying knowing about the lyrics of the song, which also includes the line “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex”, prompting Kardashian to release a secretly recorded video proving West and Swift had talked and West had cleared the song before its release.
However, the full clip actually shows that while West did mention that he was going to include a line about the two of them having sex, he didn’t mention calling Swift a b*tch or saying that he made her famous. The revelation prompted #KanyeWestIsOverParty to start trending on Twitter, the same hashtag that was trending with Swift’s name back in 2016.
After a few days of silence, Kardashian took to Twitter last night to go in on Swift after the musician made a dig about the whole thing on her Instagram Stories. Swift wrote to her 128m fans, “Instead of answering those who are asking how I feel about the video footage that leaked, proving that I was telling the truth the whole time about *that call* (you know, the one that was illegally recorded, that somebody edited and manipulated in order to frame me and put me, my family, and fans through hell for 4 years)… swipe up to see what really matters” linking to a donations page for people struggling to feed their families during the COVID-19 crisis.
A few hours later, Kardashian took to Twitter, posting a thread about how Swift was “actually lying,” and she was “left without a choice but to respond.”
“@taylorswift13 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,” she wrote. “I didn’t feel the need to comment a few days ago, and I’m actually really embarrassed and mortified to be doing it right now, but because she continues to speak on it, I feel I’m left without a choice but to respond because she is actually lying.”
.@taylorswift13 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.
— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 24, 2020
“To be clear, the only issue I ever had around the situation was that Taylor lied through her publicist who stated that “Kanye never called to ask for permission…” They clearly spoke so I let you all see that. Nobody ever denied the word “bitch” was used without her permission,” she continued. “At the time when they spoke the song had not been fully written yet, but as everyone can see in the video, she manipulated the truth of their actual conversation in her statement when her team said she “declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message.”
“The lie was never about the word bitch, It was always whether there was a call or not and the tone of the conversation. I never edited the footage (another lie)—I only posted a few clips on Snapchat to make my point and the full video that recently leaked doesn’t change the narrative. To add, Kanye as an artist has every right to document his musical journey and process, just like she recently did through her documentary. Kanye has documented the making of all of his albums for his personal archive, however has never released any of it for public consumption & the call between the two of them would have remained private or would have gone in the trash had she not lied & forced me to defend him.”
Her final tweet was: “This will be the last time I speak on this because honestly, nobody cares. Sorry to bore you all with this. I know you are all dealing with more serious and important matters.”
Though Swift hasn’t replied, her publicist, Tree Paine, took to Twitter to write, “I’m Taylor’s publicist and this is my UNEDITED original statement,” she wrote. “Btw, when you take parts out, that’s editing. P.S. who did you guys piss off to leak that video?”
I’m Taylor’s publicist and this is my UNEDITED original statement. Btw, when you take parts out, that’s editing.
— Tree Paine (@treepaine) March 24, 2020
Grab a cup of tea, it looks like we’ll be here a while, which is actually perfect because what else are we going to do?