The Kanye West-Taylor Swift feud is rearing its head yet again — this time, with some help from West’s wife Kim Kardashian. In GQ‘s new cover story, Kardashian claims that, like West has said, Swift knew about the line in which he raps, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why? Because I made that bitch famous,” in his song “Famous” before it debuted.
“She totally approved that,” Kardashian said. “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 s— for things [when] he really was doing proper protocol and even called to get it approved.”
After West debuted The Life of Pablo and “Famous,” Swift’s rep responded to the lyric immediately, saying that Swift had warned West against using a verse with such a “strong misogynistic message.” Then, West took to Twitter to say that he and Swift had an “hour long convo” about the line, and had approved it.
Kardashian also claims that the “convo” he’s referring to was videotaped by West’s camp. (She says the rapper keeps camera crews around while making all of his albums for posterity and a possible documentary.) Kardashian also claims that when Swift’s team learned about the footage, “They sent an attorney’s letter like, ‘Don’t you dare do anything with that footage,’ and asking us to destroy it.”
But when Swift won Album of the Year at the Grammys, she used her acceptance speech to call out people who “try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,” which many took to be a dig at West. According to Kardashian, they were shocked by Swift’s response, claiming that she and West had actually joked about how she would respond to the lyric at the Grammys during the allegedly taped phone call.
“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,’” Kardashian said. “And I’m like, wait, but [in] your Grammy speech, you completely dissed my husband just to play the victim again.”
Swift’s team shared a statement with GQ refuting Kardashian’s claims, saying that Swift couldn’t have approved the song since she hadn’t heard it. “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,” the statement says. Read Swift’s team’s full comment to GQ 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.”
Kardashian’s full cover story is available on GQ.com.