And for good reason.
While we were busy curating a self-isolation playlist on Spotify and ordering products so we can pretend we have hobbies, a major development in the roller-coaster that is Kimye vs. Taylor went down.
Throwback to where it all began: The 2009 VMAs. Post continues below video.
The full phone call between Kanye and Taylor about the rapper’s now infamous ‘Famous’ lyrics leaked and it turns out the video released by Kim Kardashian and Kanye West in 2016 that led to Taylor being ‘cancelled’ was… not entirely truthful.
Confused? Lost? Let us unpack it all.
Remind me… what went down in 2016?
In 2016, Kanye released his song ‘Famous’, a song that includes the lines:
I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex
Why? I made that b*tch famous (God damn)
I made that bitch famous
Obviously, Kanye and Taylor’s history goes back to the 2009 VMAs, when he rushed on stage and took the mic from her hands during her acceptance speech for Best Female Video.
They later made up, but in 2016 their friendship ended in spectacular fashion.
Upon releasing ‘Famous’, Kanye claimed he had okayed the lines with Taylor prior to its release. She denied this, which led to Kim Kardashian releasing 22 videos on Snapchat that showed Kanye on the phone to Taylor.
In the videos, Swift can be heard discussing the song and giving her blessing to the line about sex. Taylor has always maintained she okayed the ‘I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex’ line, but took issue with him calling her a b*tch.
After Kim’s Snapchats came the #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty on Twitter, overuse of snake emojis and the singer’s ‘cancellation’, which led to Taylor retreating from the spotlight for a year. It also heavily inspired her 2017 album reputation, which used a lot of snakes. Like, a lot.
What does the newly leaked video show?
The origin of the video that leaked over the weekend is unknown, but it seems to confirm Taylor’s version of the story.
“So my next single, I want you to tweet it,” Kanye is heard saying in the video that has circulated on Twitter.
“It’s a Good Friday song. That’s why I’m calling you. I wanted you to put the song out.”
Responding, Taylor sounded confused and said people wouldn’t understand why she would be releasing his new song.