KEY POINTS

  • Taylor Swift has opened up about her feud with rapper Kanye West
  • She revealed that the whole incident affected her life quite badly 
  • Her upcoming documentary “Taylor Swift: Miss Americana” will debut at the Sundance Film Festival

The whole world knows about the feud between musicians Taylor Swift and Kanye West. The rapper has been dissing the pop-sensation since her first awards show appearance and since then, the relationship between them has never been good at all. After being silent on the issue in most of her interviews, the “Lover” hitmaker is finally opening up on how the feud affected her life.

Speaking in an interview with Variety, the 30-year-old songstress has revealed that the friction between her and West took a toll on her quite badly. The singer also admitted that whatever happened at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009 made her feel like she is not “respected” in this industry because of her transition from country music to pop music.

The ten-time Grammy award-winning artist shared that it was her first-ever award show appearance and somebody made her realize that she should not be there, making it clear that the message was well-received by her.

“As a teenager who had only been in country music, attending my very first pop awards shoe, somebody stood up and sent me the message, ‘You are not respected here. You should not be here at this stage.’ That message was received,” Swift said.

The acclaimed singer was not ready for such reception and those words affected her more than anyone could know. But there was a time when she felt that everything’s fine now and it was when the “Stronger” hitmaker came back to her life in 2015 only to make her realize that whatever he did in 2009 was absolutely right.

“It [the incident] burrowed into my psyche more than anyone knew. But then when that person who sparked all of those feelings comes back into your life, as he did in 2015, and I felt like I finally got that respect but then soon realized it was correct, right and decent for him to get up and do that to a teenage girl,” Swift said.

For the uninitiated, Swift beat Beyonce and won the VMA for Best Female Video 11 years ago. While accepting the award, the rapper interrupted the “Bad Blood” hitmaker to highlight that Beyonce should have won the accolade instead of her.

In 2015, Swift was really surprised when West called her and asked her to present him the iconic Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award. The singer went on to say that she was really excited when West called up to give her this opportunity, but she was shocked when she saw his "two-faced" personality during the acceptance speech at the VMAs.

During his speech, West said that MTV gave Swift a chance to present him this award so that they could get their ratings up. At the time, Swift was standing with her arms around West's wife Kim Kardashian and could feel the chills running through her body when she heard West. 

Later in the interview, she insisted that the whole incident gave her more strength to work “harder” and claim that respect one day.

Swift is busy nowadays promoting her upcoming documentary “Taylor Swift: Miss Americana,” which will debut at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah on Jan. 23, before hitting Netflix on Jan. 31, according to Vulture.  

Taylor Swift Taylor Swift is pictured at the "Cats" premiere on Dec. 16, 2019 in New York City. Photo: Roy Rochlin/FilmMagic