For the July cover story of GQ, Kim Kardashian chatted about the other mega-celebrity that people talk about when not discussing a Kardashian: Taylor Swift. Kardashian and her interviewer Caity Weaver touched upon Swift within the scope of Kanye West's song "Famous," which came out on The Life of Pablo earlier this year.
In the song, West raps, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous." West went on a klassic Twitter rant, saying that he and Swift talked over the lyric. West even went so far as to credit Swift for the lines. Swift's rep did not agree.
"Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that bitch famous.’ "
Fast forward to the present time, when Kim Kardashian shared her two (million) cents. "She totally approved that," Kardashian told Weaver.
Weaver described Kardashian as "shaking her head in annoyance" upon sharing her version of the story, which goes as follows:
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.
Kardashian kept going, saying that other people were there and "bitch" is a cool word, ya know?
Rick Rubin was there. So many respected people in the music business heard that [conversation] and knew. 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?’
Kardashian claimed that Swift was "playing the victim."
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.
Here's the speech, with the shade thrown at 2:02.
Kardashian said Taylor Swift's lawyers contacted West and demanded that West delete the footage of her and West discussing the song. When did this all get so dramatic??
GQ talked to West's and Swift's teams. Kanye's people asserted that there is footage of Swift consenting to the song and her lawyers did get in touch.
Swift's reps gave GQ a lengthy statement. The most important parts say that, "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."
According to Swift, "much of what Kim is saying is incorrect." Swift and West talked in January, and that's it. "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." When she did hear "Famous," Swift did not enjoy it. "Taylor heard it for the first time when everyone else did and was humiliated."
The statement concludes: "Taylor cannot understand why Kanye West, and now Kim Kardashian, will not just leave her alone." If Taylor's team was trying to get away from the "playing the victim" thing, they should've finished on a different note.
Read the rest of the statement and Kim Kardashian's interview here.