Taylor Swift has issued a statement condemning Kanye West and Kim Kardashian after the rapper’s wife leaked a video of a phone call the two artists had over West’s controversial lyric about Swift on his song ‘Famous’.
The track – which features on West’s ‘The Life Of Pablo’ album – made headlines upon its release with the lyric: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that bitch famous”. The line refer to the infamous incident when West interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV VMAs.
West initially claimed that he had asked for Taylor’s approval of the lyric before releasing the track and that she gave her blessing. Swift later denied this and appeared to subtly refer to West’s lyrics during her acceptance speech at the Grammy Awards in February, saying: “I want to say to all the young women out there [that] there are going to be people along the way who are going to try and undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.”
Kardashian posted snippets of a video to Snapchat, showing West talking to Swift on the phone. During the conversation, West raps “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex” but not the following line “I made that bitch famous”. Swift calls the line “dope” and says that she “really appreciate[s] you telling me about it”.
Since the leak, Swift has taken to Twitter to accuse West and Kardashian of “character assassination”. In a statement, she points out that West failed to inform her of the “that bitch” lyric.
“I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009,” Swift adds. Read the full statement below.
West later unveiled a controversial video for ‘Famous’, which features wax figures of naked celebrities laying in bed. Included in the video’s roll call are Swift, West, Kim Kardashian, Amber Rose, Rihanna, Chris Brown, Caitlyn Jenner, Bill Cosby, Donald Trump, George W Bush, Anna Wintour and Ray J.