Tensions between Taylor Swift and Kanye West came to a boil on Sunday after an episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” highlighted a recent spat. The Chicago rapper’s wife, Kim Kardashian” fanned the flames leading to an all out war — but this drama runs deep.
Until this point Swift and West had not publicly crossed paths. During the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards, the “Style” singer — just 19 years old at the time — took to the stage to accept the award for Best Female Video and her life changed. Swift began delivering her acceptance speech, but was interrupted by West, who suggested that Beyoncé should have won. After the incident Swift told E! News that West stole her thunder.
During an interview with ABC Radio, Swift revealed that she and West had made amends. She also opened up about the moment he disrupted her, stating that one of her first thought was that she was “‘not gonna get to thank the fans.’”
A year after the “Shake it Off” singer told listeners West has apologized, many believed they’d heard the last of the feud between the musicians. Many, however, were wrong. As was reported by E! Online, West went on a typo-filled rant in which he explained that his frustrations were wrongly aimed at Swift. He also said that he “wrote a song” for her to use, but understood if she wasn’t interested.
“She had nothing to do with my issues with award shows,” he wrote. “She had no idea what hit her. She’s justa [SIC] lil girl with dreams like the rest of us. She deserves the apology more than anyone. Beyonce didn’t need that. MTV didn’t need that and Taylor and her family friends and fans definitely didn’t want or need that.”
A year after his T-Swift inspire Tweetstorm, West was asked to discuss Swift once more, this time during an appearance on “The Tonight Show,” which was being hosted by Jay Leno at the time. He told Leno that it was difficult to cope “with the fact that I hurt someone or took anything away from a talented artists or from anyone.”
Four years after the fact, Swift was able to move past the hurt of West’s interruption. On Aug. 20, 2013, Us Weekly reported that she’d made a joke of the incident, sending BFF Ed Sheeran a jar of jam with a laughable label. According to Sheeran both that jam and the label, which read “Yo Ed, I’m really happy 4 you and I’m gonna let you finish but this is the best JAM OF ALL TIME -- T,” were homemade.
That same year Swift was nominated for two VMAs. She joked on Twitter that if her fans voted for her she promised to “keep a firmer grip on the mic.”
Fast forward two years to the 2015 VMAs. The “30 Hours” rapper was chosen to receive the Video Vanguard Award — an honor given to a select few musicians who have made a mark on the industry. Swift introduced West, referencing the moment their beef began, but allowed him to deliver an incredibly long speech.
After the award show Swift posted a photo on Instagram in which she showed off the white roses West had sent to her. She joked about the pair running as President and Vice President in 2020, a nod to West’s VMA rant. It was at that moment that fans were almost certain Swift and West had become friends.
After months of build up West released his album, “The Life of Pablo.” The album was first unveiled during a one-of-a-kind preview of the rapper’s clothing line at Madison Square Garden in New York City. During the showing, West played his single, “Famous,” which featured this controversial line:
“I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that b---- famous”
Swift’s famous squad quickly assembled for a take down. Her brother Austin Swift shared a video on social media of him discarding his Yeezy boosts while close friends like Jamie King and Gigi Hadid tweeted about having Taylor’s back.
As the tweets flew, reports began to surface that Swift had been aware of the line all along. Taylor’s camp commented to E!, claiming that was untrue while West and his wife stood their ground.
On Sunday an episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” rehashed the feud, showing Kim, 35, calling Swift out for pretending to have been victimized by West. As if that wasn’t enough, she then released video she took of West on the phone with Swift, reading his lyrics to her. With fans of Kim, Taylor and the rapper in an uproar, the “Out of the Woods” singer spoke out. She released a statement on Twitter stating that she was not told West would be calling her “that b----” in the song and was hurt to have been called that “in front of the entire world.” She added that she had hoped that their relationship would be a friendly one, but was wrong.
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