Taylor Swift has lashed back at Kim Kardashian’s posting of a video showing Kanye West on a phone call with the pop star going over lyrics to his song “Famous,” in which he rapped: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, Why? I made that bitch famous.” West has claimed that despite her denial, Swift had been made aware of what her representative has called the song’s “misogynistic message.”
“Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me that in his song?” Swift, 26, pointed out in a graphical-text image on Instagram late Sunday, referring to the video showing West, 39, reciting lyrics to her but not that particular one. “It doesn’t exist because it never happened,” Swift stated, adding, “You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to being called ‘that bitch’ in front of the entire world.”
Reality-TV star Kardashian, 35, West’s wife, had posted the video on Sunday. The Snapchat app shoots and posts only seconds of video at a time, so Kardashian’s compilation contains many edits and jump cuts, indicating content may be missing.
“Of course I wanted to like the song,” Swift said on Instagram. “I wanted to believe Kanye when he told me that I would love the song. I wanted us to have a friendly relationship. He promised to play the song for me, but he never did. While I wanted to be supportive of Kanye on the phone call, 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.”
She concluded the post — captioned “That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the Internet.” — saying that she “would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009,” when West famously jumped onstage as Swift was accepting her MTV Video Music Award, grabbing the microphone and being booed as he announced that fellow pop star Beyoncé should have won instead.