Taylor Swift brands Kanye West ‘two-faced’ as she shares new feud details
The singer said she had always sought his approval.
Taylor Swift has shared new details about her rocky relationship with Kanye West, branding the rapper “two-faced”.
Discussing events that led up to the now infamous phone call when the pair discussed the lyrics to West’s song Famous, in which he rapped, “Me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that bitch famous”, the singer said the world “didn’t understand the context” that led up to it.
West’s wife Kim Kardashian subsequently shared edited clips of the call on social media, in which Swift appeared to consent to him including her in the track.
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Taylor Swift returns to Rolling Stone's cover in our new issue, giving one of the most revealing interviews of her career. Click the link in our bio to read the story in full, where she tells Brian Hiatt her side of the last three years, from the backstory of that infamous phone call to her musical evolution and much, much more. “People had so much fun hating me, and they didn’t really need very many reasons to do it," she says. "I felt like the situation was pretty hopeless.” Photograph by @erikmadiganheck
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Swift told Rolling Stone: “Some events took place to cause me to be pissed off when he called me a bitch. That was not just a singular event.
“Basically, I got really sick of the dynamic between he and I. And that wasn’t just based on what happened on that phone call and with that song — it was kind of a chain reaction of things.”
Swift said she had started to feel like the pair had “reconnected” in the years after West crashed the stage during her acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs to say Beyonce was truly deserving of the prize she had won.
She said: “All I ever wanted my whole career after that thing happened in 2009 was for him to respect me.
“When someone doesn’t respect you so loudly and says you literally don’t deserve to be here — I just so badly wanted that respect from him, and I hate that about myself, that I was like, ‘This guy who’s antagonising me, I just want his approval’.
“But that’s where I was. And so we’d go to dinner and stuff. And I was so happy, because he would say really nice things about my music.
“It just felt like I was healing some childhood rejection or something from when I was 19.
“But the 2015 VMAs come around. He’s getting the Vanguard Award. He called me up beforehand — I didn’t illegally record it, so I can’t play it for you. But he called me up, maybe a week or so before the event, and we had maybe over an hour-long conversation, and he’s like, ‘I really, really would like for you to present this Vanguard Award to me, this would mean so much to me’ and went into all the reasons why it means so much, because he can be so sweet. He can be the sweetest.
“And I was so stoked that he asked me that. 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. 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 s***. And I was so upset.
“He wanted me to come talk to him after the event in his dressing room. I wouldn’t go. So then he sent this big, big thing of flowers the next day to apologise.
“And I was like, ‘You know what? I really don’t want us to be on bad terms again. So whatever, I’m just going to move past this’.
“So when he gets on the phone with me, and I was so touched that he would be respectful and, like, tell me about this one line in the song.
“And I was like, ‘OK, good. We’re back on good terms’. And then when I heard the song, I was like, ‘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’.”