Taylor Swift says leaked Kanye West video proves 'I was telling the truth the whole time'
The singer says the video proves that she "was telling the truth the whole time" about her call with West, and "that somebody edited and manipulated [it] in order to frame" her.
“Instead of answering those who are asking how I feel about the video footage that leaked, proving that I was telling the truth the whole time about *that call* (you know, the one that was illegally recorded, that somebody edited and manipulated in order to frame me and put me, my family, and fans through hell for 4 years)…SWIPE UP to see what really matters,” wrote Swift on Instagram Stories. The singer-songwriter then revealed that she has been donating money to the World Health Organization and Feeding America in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and encouraged her fans to donate if they are able.
Swift, of course, is referring to the 25-minute long video that leaked Friday night of the call between her and West, wherein the two discuss the lyrics to his song "Famous." The conversation previously had only been publicly released in edited snippets by West's wife, Kim Kardashian, via her Snapchat account in 2016.
The full video reiterates that Swift did sign off on the “might still have sex” line of West's song — which was released years after the 2009 VMAs fiasco in which he interrupted Swift's acceptance speech, starting the bad blood between the singers — but it also confirms that West did not tell her about the “I made that bitch famous” line that comes after it. Swift has maintained for years that she never approved that particular line and that she was bothered by its inclusion.
In the video, Swift also asks to be sent the final version of the song and West agrees, but Swift has always said he never ended up sending her the song.
Kardashian fired back with a series of tweets on Monday night, saying Swift's new comments were "self-serving" and inappropriate given the current climate.
"@taylorswift13 has chosen to reignite an old exchange - that at this point in time feels very self-serving given the suffering millions of real victims are facing right now," Kardashian began a series of tweets.
The reality star went on to say that her issue with Swift wasn't over the word "bitch" (she agreed that West did not ask Swift's permission to use that line); rather, it was about the singer's original denial that a call between the two happened.
"I didn’t feel the need to comment a few days ago, and I’m actually really embarrassed and mortified to be doing it right now," Kardashian continued. "But because she continues to speak on it, I feel I’m left without a choice but to respond because she is actually lying."
"To be clear, the only issue I ever had around the situation was that Taylor lied through her publicist who stated that 'Kanye never called to ask for permission...' They clearly spoke so I let you all see that," the beauty mogul added.
"Nobody ever denied the word 'bitch' was used without her permission," Kardashian continued. "At the time when they spoke the song had not been fully written yet, but as everyone can see in the video, she manipulated the truth of their actual conversation in her statement."
Kardashian then quoted Swift's representative's statement from 2016 which said that the singer “declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message,” which was issued prior to Kardashian revealing a snippet of the call between West and Swift showing that Swift did indeed hear part of "Famous."
"The lie was never about the word bitch, It was always whether there was a call or not and the tone of the conversation," Kardashian tweeted.
She then argued that West had the right to "document his musical journey and process," and she only publicly released part of the call to defend her husband. She also denied ever editing any footage, saying she only posted a few clips versus the whole video to "make my point."
Kardashian assured fans that "this will be the last time I speak on this because honestly, nobody cares. Sorry to bore you all with this. I know you are all dealing with more serious and important matters."
West has yet to publicly comment on the situation.