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West was criticised for a line referencing Swift in ‘Famous’, where he rapped: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that bitch famous.” Speaking about the lyric at the time after the ensuing outrage the lyric caused, West said that Swift consented to the inclusion of the lyric in a phone call. Later, his wife Kim Kardashian released a video that appeared to support West.
However, a new video appears to show West seemingly told Swift a different line to the one that was eventually used in the song.
In the latest video, Kanye appears to tell Taylor the line’s lyrics will be: “To all my Southside n*****s that know me best. I feel like Taylor Swift might owe me sex.” Swift can then be heard laughing before saying: “That’s not mean!”
Kanye then goes on to add: “If you felt it’s funny and cool and hip-hop and felt like just the ‘College Drop-Out’ and artist like ‘Ye’ that you love, then people will be way into it.” Taylor responds: “I mean, I need to think about it…because it is absolutely crazy” before repeating that she needed time to think about the use of the line.
Elsewhere in the video, West asks Swift to tweet out the song upon release and Taylor thanks West for checking the line with her. “I really appreciate you telling me about it, that’s really nice…you’d be surprised how many people just do things without like even asking or seeing if I was okay about it.”
West replied: “I just had a responsibility to you as a friend. That you for being so cool about it.”
Later on in the clip, West asks Swift “what if later in the song, I was to have also said ‘I made her famous?'” – referencing the time West interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech at the MTV VMA’s in 2009. Swift later replies: “You got to tell the story the way it happened to you and the way you experienced it…you honestly didn’t know who I was before that. It doesn’t matter if I sold 7 million of that album before you did that, which is what happened, you didn’t know who I was before that.”
West adds: “I’m going to send you the song and send you the exact wording and everything about it, right and then we can sit and talk through it” before he talks about laying down the track and sending it to Swift.
Towards the end of the recording, West tells Swift: “I’m gonna go lay this verse and send it to you right now…I recorded it I’m nuancing the lines like the last version of it says ‘me and Taylor might still have sex’ but my wife was like ‘that doesn’t sound as hard.'”
In response, Swift adds: “It says different things. ‘Owes me sex’ means like look ‘I made her what she is, she actually owes me…it’s gonna split people…it throws shade whereas the other one is a little more flirtatious.”
At the end of the video when the call ends, West tells the person filming “we had to get that all the way through.”
🔗 Full video:https://t.co/Xc53YVZrzU
— Taylor Swift News (@TSwiftNewsLA) March 21, 2020
Basically, the whole phone call leaked, revealing Taylor Swift never consented to being called “that bitch.”
She never lied or was a “snake.”
She was recorded illegally and manipulated by Kanye West and everyone owes her an apology.https://t.co/nTZXrJo7yS
— Ryan Schocket (@RyanSchocket) March 21, 2020
— Pop Crave (@popcrayye13) March 21, 2020
— Ana🦋 (@anilovestay) March 21, 2020
— SWIFTIES™ (@SwiftiesIndia13) March 21, 2020
The two stars have had a tumultuous friendship over the years, with West infamously interrupting Swift’s speech at the 2009 MTV VMAs.
In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, Swift said she’d “done” with the rapper after thinking they had overcome their rift. “I started to feel like we reconnected, which felt great for me because all I ever wanted my whole career after that thing happened in 2009 was for him to respect me,” she said.
Explaining that the pair would go for dinner together, she added: “It just felt like I was healing some childhood rejection or something from when I was 19.”
But, when West asked her to present him with the Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV VMAs, another incident caused her to think twice about their friendship. “I was so stoked that he asked me that,” she said. “And so I wrote this speech up, and then we get to the VMAs and I make this speech and he screams, ‘MTV got Taylor Swift up here to present me this award for ratings!’ And I’m standing in the audience with my arm around his wife, and this chill ran through my body.”
She continued: “I realised he is so two-faced. That he wants to be nice to me behind the scenes, but then he wants to look cool, get up in front of everyone and talk shit. And I was so upset.”
Swift discussed the drama around the lyric West included in ‘Famous’ in the same interview as well as the footage of her phone call with West and Kim Kardashian in which she appeared to approve it. “The world didn’t understand the context and the events that led up to it,” Swift said. “Because nothing ever just happens like that without some lead-up. Some events took place to cause me to be pissed off when [West] called me a bitch.”
The pop star added that when she heard the song she thought: “I’m done with this. If you want to be on bad terms, let’s be on bad terms, but just be real about it.”
In a four-star review of Swift’s last album, NME said: “To call ‘Lover’ a comeback feels like a reach considering that ‘Reputation’, her lowest-selling album to date, still went triple Platinum in the US. So let’s just say that the old Taylor can’t come to the phone right now – ‘cause she’s busy writing songs that suit her again.”
NME has contacted representatives of Swift and West for comment.