It’s safe to say that there will probably always be some bad blood between Taylor Swift and Kanye West. In the ensuing decades since that fateful moment at the 2009 VMAs, their relationship has been marked by points of reconciliation followed by headline-grabbing feuds marked by traded words between both sides before each star retreats from the spotlight.
Swift recently sat down with Rolling Stone where she discussed the inspiration behind her latest album, Lover, and opened up about her tumultuous relationship with the hip-hop icon for the first time, digging deep into their controversially-fraught public back-and-forths.
In the interview, Swift detailed how she attempted to reconnect with Kanye in 2015 after his crashed her stage mid-acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs.
“I started to feel like we reconnected, which felt great for me — because all I ever wanted my whole career after that thing happened in 2009 was for him to respect me,” she recollected, noting that it seemed like her and ‘Ye were moving toward being on good terms with one another, even going on dinner dates. “It just felt like I was healing some childhood rejection or something from when I was 19.”
Then came the 2015 VMAs. Taylor recalls that Kanye phoned her himself and the two spoke for over an hour. According to the pop star, the G.O.O.D Music honcho suggested that Swift be the one to present him the 2015 Vanguard Award to show a united front, which she readily agreed to.
She reveals that she had penned a speech only to arrive at the award ceremony where Kanye told the audience that MTV had gotten her to present the award to boost their ratings.
"I'm standing in the audience with my arm around his wife, and this chill ran through my body," she continued. "I realized he is so two-faced. That he wants to be nice to me behind the scenes, but then he wants to look cool, get up in front of everyone and talk sh*t. And I was so upset."
The 29-year-old mega popstar says that she tried to move on past the ordeal after the two privately made-up, with Kanye issuing an apology, but the final sting came after the infamous 2016 phone call that was heard around the world.
Swift first clarified that there was a “chain reaction of things” that led up to her public outburst in response to Kanye’s lyrics “I made that b*tch famous.” When she heard the final version of the song, Swift confesses that’s when she decided she was done trying to reconcile with the “Mercy” hitmaker and instead accepted the “bad terms” of their relationship.
“He literally did the same thing to Drake. He gravely affected the trajectory of Drake’s family and their lives,” Swift remarked pointing to Kanye's public fallout with the OVO label.
“It’s the same thing. Getting close to you, earning your trust, detonating you. I really don’t want to talk about it anymore because I get worked up, and I don’t want to just talk about negative sh*t all day, but it’s the same thing. Go watch Drake talk about what happened.”
ICYMI: Kanye denied telling Pusha T about Drake’s child. Furthermore, Pusha himself has gone on record to state he got the intel from Drake’s right-hand producer, 40.
Regardless, this beef will probably never die. You can read the full cover story here.
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