By Amanda Wicks
Kim Kardashian claims there’s video evidence Taylor Swift approved Kanye West’s controversial line about her in “Famous.” On the track, which appears on The Life of Pablo, Kanye raps, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that b—- famous.”
When the song dropped and inevitably drew people’s criticism, Kanye defended it by saying Taylor had given him permission over the phone. Taylor’s camp, however, denied that she’d ever done any such thing.
Speaking with GQ for their new issue, Kim says how a videographer commissioned to follow her husband around while he worked on his music (for a possible documentary down the road) caught the phone call Kanye made to Taylor. “She totally approved that,” Kim says. “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 sh– for things [when] he really was doing proper protocol and even called to get it approved.”
Kim defends his honor, saying he went above and beyond accommodating Taylor when most people in the industry wouldn’t have bothered. “What rapper would call a girl that he was rapping a line about to get approval?” she asks.
Kim continues about the infamous phone call. “Rick Rubin was there,” she recounts. “So many respected people in the music business heard that [conversation] and knew. I mean, he’s called me a b—- in his songs. That’s just, like, what they say. I never once think, [gasping] ‘What a derogatory word! How dare he?’ Not in a million years. I don’t know why she just, you know, flipped all of a sudden.… It was funny because [on the phone, 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.’ And I’m like, wait, but [in] your Grammy speech, you completely dissed my husband just to play the victim again.”
Not only did Taylor take aim at Kanye in that speech, but Kim said she also sent her husband a letter through attorneys instructing him to destroy the video evidence and never to let it surface. It’s unclear whether Kanye followed her direction, but Kim’s chatter is doing as much damage as anything caught on tape.
A representative for Swift issued the following statement to Billboard in response.
“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.”