When Kanye West finally dropped The Life of Pablo in February, the Taylor Swift namedrop on “Famous” became one of the album’s most immediate controversies. “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous,” he raps.
West tweeted that Swift gave him her approval before recording the line, but Swift’s representative claimed no such approval was made. Kim Kardashian, however, not only says that Swift did give West her blessing, but there are also witnesses and video footage of that conversation.
Kardashian tells GQ in a new cover story that Swift “totally gave the okay. Rick Rubin was there. So many respected people in the music business heard that [conversation] and knew.” The story also notes that West regularly hires videographers to film his album-making process. So there’s allegedly footage of the conversation with Swift.
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.
But the video footage might not see the light of day thanks to the Swift empire. Kardashian tells GQ that Swift contacted her team demanding that footage be destroyed.
“And then they sent an attorney’s letter like, ‘Don’t you dare do anything with that footage,’ and asking us to destroy it.” Kardashian said. “When you shoot something, you don’t stop every two seconds and be like, ‘Oh wait, we’re shooting this for my documentary.’ 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.”
West’s team confirmed to GQ that the conversation with Swift did take place and that he was contacted by her lawyers. Swift’s spokesperson provided the publication with a statement that doesn’t address the unreleased footage. Yet, there’s still room for a jab at Kardashian.
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. 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.
West hasn’t directly responded to the revelation yet, but he’s definitely not known for keeping quiet. For now, read the GQ profile in full here.