Just when it looked like the dust was settling, the Kanye West/Taylor Swift feud has reared its ugly head, turning the world into this Michael Jackson eating popcorn GIF. For those of you who have no idea what I'm talking about, or who thought that those snakes all over Swift's Instagram really was for National Snake Day, then you likely don't know the long, torrid history between the "Blank Space" singer and the guy who "made her famous."
It all started in 2009, when West stormed the stage at the Video Music Awards during Swift's win for Best Female Video to announce that "Beyonce had the best video of all time." Most people agreed that interrupting the star's acceptance speech was a not-so-nice thing to do, though eventually the dust settled, and the popstar and rapper went back to being cordial — though not for long, thanks to West's 2016 Life Of Pablo track "Famous." The shenanigans that went down in the timeline of the "Famous" feud is one that has to be seen to be believed.
Though the feud may have started with West and Swift back in 2009, the person perhaps even more involved than West himself is his wife, Kim Kardashian, who has been vocal about defending her husband's choice to use the phrase, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/I made that bitch famous" in his new song. Here's how this part of the Swift/West saga started, and the insane place it ended:
February 2016: West Drops His Single "Famous"
Life Of Pablo is released in February, and "Famous" is finally heard. West defends his line about Swift on Twitter, stating that he had "an hour-long conversation" with the singer about the song, and that Swift gave the track her blessing. Multiple members of Swift's "squad," including Ruby Rose, Jaime King, and Gigi Hadid, speak out against "Famous" and show solidarity with Swift. Swift's brother Austin throws out West-designed sneakers on Instagram.
February 2016: Swift Makes Her Grammy Speech
Swift wins Album Of The Year, and uses her acceptance speech to reference West's "Famous" diss, stating: "There are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame."
June 2016: Kim Kardashian Defends West
Kardashian finally states her side of the story in an interview with GQ, and it doesn't sound like she's too happy with Swift. Kardashian tells GQ:
[Swift] totally approved that [line in "Famous"]... 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... [She] totally gave the OK. Rick Rubin was there. So many respected people in the music business heard that [conversation] and knew... It was funny because [on the call with Kanye, Swift] 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.
Swift's reps responded to the accusation in a statement to GQ:
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 b—h’ 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.
June 2016: The "Famous" Video Drops
It wasn't just West's song that gave way to controversy. In June of 2016, West finally releases his video for the Life Of Pablo track, which includes the naked, sleeping bodies of celebrity figures including Amber Rose, Donald Trump, and, of course, Swift. Lena Dunham, a close friend of the 1989 mogul, pens an essay stating how disappointed she is by West's violation of her friend's body.
July 2016: Kim Kardashian Releases The Video
It turns out that Kardashian's talk of a "video" in existence of Swift discussing the song with West was true after all. After telling her Twitter followers to start following her on SnapChat, Kardashian posts the above video, in which you can hear Swift talking to West about "Famous." Sure enough, Swift does seem to give her approval, though it is worth noting that the video never shows Swift actually hearing the song, nor does it show her hearing the word "bitch" in the lyrics.
Swift responds to Kardashian's video with a statement on Instagram:
Will West/Kardashian ever bury the hatchet with Swift? Only time will tell — but something tells me that "Famous" might not be the last track of West's that disses Swift.