UPDATED 7/17/16: On Sunday’s episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, Kim revealed that there’s studio footage of Kanye speaking with Taylor about the “Famous” lyric. Once again, it refutes the claim from Taylor’s camp that she had no knowledge of the lyric until it was released. Watch a clip from KUWTK, below.
A bit after the show ended, Kim told her Twitter followers to follow her on Snapchat. Something big was about to happen.
do u guys follow me on snap chat? u really should ;-)— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) July 18, 2016
It turns out she shared the phone conversation between Kanye and Taylor. You can hear Taylor saying the "Famous" line was sort of like a compliment. Taylor also tells 'Ye that she appreciated the heads up. So did the biggest feud of the summer just end? Watch the clips, below.
Kim Kardashian exposing Taylor Swift via Snapchat [Regarding Kanye's "Famous" (Part 1) pic.twitter.com/vC17jRElfo— Elena and Anthony (@LabOfHookers) July 18, 2016
Kim Kardashian exposing Taylor Swift on Snapchat - Taylor: "It's like a compliment" 💀 pic.twitter.com/Zl1ktdkjU7— Music Facts & Shades (@musicfacts_shdy) July 18, 2016
Kanye: "Thanks for being cool about that"— Music Facts & Shades (@musicfacts_shdy) July 18, 2016
Taylor: "I really appreciate the heads up!" 💀🐍 pic.twitter.com/pCjtZOfEAG
UPDATED 12: 50 p.m. ET: Within hours of Kim Kardashian's claim that Taylor Swift definitely knew about the "Famous" lyric, Taylor Swift's camp has released an official statement adamantly denying any knowledge of the lyric. The statement affirms that Taylor has no problem with Kim Kardashian and blames Kim's claim on the "pressure" that she must be under and the fact that she is repeating what Kanye told her. She admits to having a phone conversation with Kanye, but still maintains that she didn't hear the lyric until everyone else did and was "humiliated." You can read the full statement below.
"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 bitch" 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."
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Kim Kardashian held nothing back in her first ever cover story for GQ, including saying that Taylor Swift actually approved Kanye West's now notorious lyric about having sex with her on The Life of Pablo track, "Famous."
"She totally approved that," Kim told GQ. "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."
Kim doesn't stop there and even claimed that there is actual proof of the entire phone call because a videographer was filming the whole thing. "[Taylor] totally gave the okay. Rick Rubin was there, so many respected people in the music business heard that [conversation] and knew."
If you don't remember, Swift quickly denied any approval or knowledge of the lyric after the public heard it for the first time at Kanye's Madison Square Garden debut. An official statement from Swift's camp noted, "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." The representative went on to say, "Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, 'I made that bitch famous.'"
Mrs. West doesn't think the message was misogynistic at all. "I mean, he’s called me a bitch in his songs," she explained. "That’s just, like, what they say. I never once think, ‘What a derogatory word! How dare he?’ Not in a million years."
For his part, Kanye told the public that he had actually called Taylor and "had a hour long convo with her about the line," and she "thought it was funny."
Swift took the whole thing to the Grammys where she won Album of the Year for 1989 and took a moment of her acceptance speech to take a shot at Kanye. "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," she said directly referencing the "Famous" lyric before closing the speech by taking credit for her own success.
According to Kim, Taylor was going to have the opposite reaction. "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."
The whole thing seemed to reignite a contentious relationship between the two artists who had actually been on good terms as friends who were going to dinners together, sending each other flowers, and introducing each other at awards shows. According to Kim, Taylor completely changed sides on Kanye. You can read Kim's full interview here.