Seven years after rapper Kanye West interrupted Taylor Swift's acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, their feud is still going strong.
On Sunday, reality TV star Kim Kardashian, West's wife, posted several videos on Snapchat that appear to show West speaking with Swift on the phone about the lyrics to his song, "Famous."
When the track was released earlier this year, one line – "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that [expletive] famous" – drew ire from Swift's fans. Although West said Swift had approved the lyrics, a representative for Swift said, "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."
But in the videos that Kardashian posted Sunday, West tells a woman – presumably Swift – about the lyrics, "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex." He adds that he doesn't want to use a line that "makes people feel bad."
The woman responds, "Go with whatever line you think is better. It's obviously very tongue-in-cheek either way. And I really appreciate you telling me about it. That's really nice."
West then says, "Oh, yeah, I just had a responsibility to you as a friend, you know, and, I mean, thanks for being so cool about it."
The woman later adds, "And you know, if people ask me about it, I think it would be great for me to be like, 'Look, he called me and told me the line before it came out. Joke's on you, guys. We're fine.'"
After the videos went viral, social media exploded with the hashtag #KimExposedTaylorParty.
Swift fired back on Instagram (WARNING: Link contains profanity).
"Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me 'that [expletive]' in his song? It doesn't exist because it never happened. You don't get to control someone's emotional response to being called 'that [expletive]' in front of the entire world."
She added, "Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination. I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009."
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