Taylor Swift Tells 'Vanity Fair' Jay Z Is The Reason She's Friends with Kanye West

Taylor Swift says Jay Z is the reason she is friends with Kanye West and talks taking on Apple in new 'Vanity Fair' issue.

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Nearly a year following the release of her latest album 1989, Taylor Swift still isn't going out of style as she graces the cover of Vanity Fair's fashion-focused September issue. In the interview, she talks about everything from her new friendship with Kanye West, her with strong friendships with the Swift Squad and taking on the world tech giant that is Apple.

On West, Taylor explains "I feel like I wasn’t ready to be friends with [West] until I felt like he had some sort of respect for me, and he wasn’t ready to be friends with me until he had some sort of respect for me—so it was the same issue, and we both reached the same place at the same time,” she told the magazine. “I became friends with Jay Z, and I think it was important, for Jay Z, for Kanye and I to get along. . . . And then Kanye and I both reached a place where he would say really nice things about my music and what I’ve accomplished, and I could ask him how his kid’s doing.” Interesting. If you remember, Jay Z showed up to Taylor's star-studded birthday party in December—probably to talk about Tidal—and Taylor and Kanye made their friendship public at this year's Grammy Awards in early February.

Taylor also touched on her new strong group of friends who permeate her social media and the way they value each other over relationships saying, "We even have girls in our group who have dated the same people. It’s almost like the sisterhood has such a higher place on the list of priorities for us. It’s so much more important than some guy that it didn’t work out with.”

Finally, Taylor touched on her letter to Apple and the company's immediate reception to her open letter about their streaming service compared to Spotify. “And I found it really ironic that the multi-billion-dollar company reacted to criticism with humility, and the start-up with no cash flow reacted to criticism like a corporate machine.” 

Read the interview over at Vanity Fair before the issue hits newsstands.


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