Taylor Swift and Kanye West’s infamous phone call leaked online

Taylor Swift and Kanye West's infamous phone call leaked online
Kanye West promises he’ll let Taylor Swift finish at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. Source: Getty Images
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Daily US Times: An infamous phone call between Taylor Swift and Kanye West has leaked online. The phone call triggered a long-running feud between the two.

In the 2016 phone call, West sought Swift’s permission to mention her name in his song Famous.

Swift objected to a lyric which referred to her as a “bitch”, after the track was eventually released. But Kim Kardashian, West’s wife posted an edited version of the call, saying Swift had approved.

The leak seems to prove that West omitted the offensive word.

The relationship of the two musicians started to get sour in 2009 when West interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech for best female video at the MTV Music Awards.

While giving her acceptance speech, West grabbed her microphone, objected the prize by saying Beyonce’s Single Ladies video deserved the prize more than Swift’s You Belong With Me.

West said, “Taylor Swift, I’mma let you finish,” in a clip that’s become one of music’s most recognizable memes, “but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time!”

Kim Kardashian posed the side with her husband. In an interview with the GQ magazine, she said Swift “totally approved” the line.

“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 [criticism] for things [when] he really was doing proper protocol and even called to get it approved.”

In a statement, Swift responded saying the video didn’t tell the full story.

“Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me ‘that bitch’ in his song? It doesn’t exist because it never happened,” Taylor Swift said in the statement.

“You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to being called ‘that bitch’ in front of the entire world.”

“While I wanted to be supportive of Kanye on the phone call, you cannot approve a song you’ve never heard. Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination.”

The situation got worse after West released the song’s video where a nude waxwork of is featured. She discussed the repercussions at length in her subsequent album, Reputation, and made the snake emoji a recurring motif of her 2018 world tour.

After the latest phone call is leaked, Swift said the video proves that the original clips posted by Kardashian West were “edited and manipulated.”

‘The feminists are going to come out’

Over the weekend, a 23-minute video of the Swift-West phone call leaked online, appeared to prove Swift’s account.

West first describes the lyric “I feel like me and Taylor Swift might still have sex”, eliciting laughter from Swift, who acknowledges the line is tongue-in-cheek.

Swift says: “I’m glad it’s not mean. I definitely think that when I’m asked about it, of course, I’ll be like, ‘Yeah, I love that. I think it’s hilarious.’ But, um, I need to think about it.”

A large part of the conversation then focuses on an alternative version of the lyric – “Taylor Swift might owe me sex” – which Swift argues against.

Swift then says if West releases that version, “the feminists are going to come out”.

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