When Kanye West released 'Famous', the first track off his latest album The Life Of Pablo, the lyrics quickly stirred up controversy. The line, “Feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/ Why? I made that bitch famous,” has been the topic of discussion as Kanye says he got permission from Taylor Swift to use it, but this notion has been publicly disputed by Swift ever since the track became public.
“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,” said a spokesperson for Swift after the track was released back in February.
Now Kanye West and wife Kim Kardashian have shared footage of a phone call between Kanye and Swift, which reveals that Swift did know about the lyric and that she even said it was okay for him to use it.
“It’s like a compliment kind of,” Swift responds after hearing the line. “Go with whatever line you think is better. It’s obviously very tongue in cheek either way,” adding, “I really appreciate you telling me about it! That’s really nice.”
The video goes on to show how Swift was even planning to tell people that Kanye asked her about the lyric before he released the track in order show that they are actually friends.
“And I’m really glad that you had the respect to call me and tell me about the song,” Swift said. “If people ask me about it, it would be great to say, ‘well he called me and told me before it came out, jokes on you guys, we’re fine.'”
After the video of the phone call was posted to Twitter and began to make it's rounds on social media, Swift responded with a message of her own, condemning the video and saying that it doesn't show Kanye asking her to use the lyrics.q
“Where is the video of Kanye telling me that he was going to call me ‘that bitch’ in his song? It doesn’t exist because it never happened,” she wrote. “You don’t get to control someone else’s emotional response to being called ‘that bitch’ in front of the entire world.”
Swift added: “You cannot ‘approve’ a song you haven’t heard. 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.”
Watch the video and read Swift's full response below: