In recent days, a new video clip of a four-year-old conversation between pair about Kanye’s song “Famous” hit the web. The leaked 25-minute phone call seemed to support the pop superstar’s claims all along, that she was never asked about being called a “b—-” in Ye’s song.
Now, West’s wife Kim Kardashian has stepped into the fray. The reality TV posted a batch of tweets overnight in which she defends her husband and repeatedly calls the “Bad Blood” singer a liar.
Tagging Swift’s handle, Kardashian says the singer 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.”
Getting into the swing of things, Kardashian continues: “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, but because she continues to speak on it, I feel I’m left without a choice but to respond because she is actually lying.”
And in another: “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. Nobody ever denied the word ‘bitch’ was used without her permission.”
Swift’s PR Tree Paine entered the battle with a tweet of her own. “I’m Taylor’s publicist and this is my UNEDITED original statement. Btw, when you take parts out, that’s editing,” she writes. Paine signs off with a backhander, “P.S. who did you guys piss off to leak that video?” complete with three laughing emojis.
The “unedited” message reads, “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that bitch famous.’”
Kim’s younger sister Khloe Kardashian weighed in. Paying tribute to her sibling’s defensive skills, she writes: “Kim is my f—ing lawyer for life!!!!!! My sister AND my lawyer.”
Taylor and Kanye’s beef dates back to the noughts, and to the night when Kanye West interrupted Swift’s victory speech at the 2009 MTV VMAs when she snagged the best female video trophy. The rapper’s behavior at the time prompted the-then president Barack Obama to chime in, calling Kanye a “jackass.”