By Jessica Goodman
Updated August 04, 2015 at 12:43 PM EDT
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Taylor Swift and Kanye West enjoyed a camaraderie last year, documented on social media, in articles about them dining at the Spotted Pig and collaboration rumors. Six years after that “I’mma let you finish” moment at the VMAs, Swift reveals in a new cover story for Vanity Fair why and how that friendship developed.

“I feel like I wasn’t ready to be friends with [West] until I felt like he had some sort of respect for me,” Swift told Vanity Fair. “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. 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.”

Now, the two have arguably reached the same threshold of stardom, and together they’re two of the most powerful, best-selling artists on the planet. Earlier this year, West hinted at a joint project in an interview with Ryan Seacrest. “She wants to get in the studio and we’re definitely going to go in,” he told Seacrest. “Any artist with an amazing point of view, perspective, fan base, I’m down to get in the studio and work.”

Head over to Vanity Fair for more on Swift.