Taylor Swift has addressed her long-running feud with Kanye West in a new interview, branding the rapper "two-faced" as she shared more details of their falling out.
In a wide-ranging and lengthy interview with Rolling Stone magazine, Swift discussed events which led up to the infamous phone call between her and West which the rapper's wife Kim Kardashian West surreptitiously filmed and subsequently shared on social media.
Back in 2016, West rang Swift to talk about the controversial lyrics in his song Famous, in which he rapped: "Me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that b**** famous"
When Swift later slammed the lyrics as "misogynistic", Kardashian West came to her husband's defence by uploading clandestine recordings of their conversation on Snapchat in which Swift appeared to give her consent to the lyrics.
The singer-songwriter expressed her displeasure at being "falsely painted as a liar" and famously asked to be "excluded from this narrative."
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Swift has now spoken about the debacle again, saying: "The world didn't understand the context and the events that led up to it. Because nothing ever just happens like that without some lead-up. Some events took place to cause me to be pissed off when he called me a b****.
"That was not just a singular event. Basically, I got really sick of the dynamic between he and I. And that wasn’t just based on what happened on that phone call and with that song - it was kind of a chain reaction of things."
She said she had started to feel like they had "reconnected" in the years after West crashed the stage during her acceptance speech at the 2009 VMAs to say Beyonce was truly deserving of the prize she had won.
"All I ever wanted my whole career after that thing happened in 2009 was for him to respect me", she explained. "When someone doesn't respect you so loudly and says you literally don’t deserve to be here - I just so badly wanted that respect from him, and I hate that about myself, that I was like, 'This guy who’s antagonizing me, I just want his approval.' But that’s where I was.
"And so we’d go to dinner and stuff. And I was so happy, because he would say really nice things about my music. It just felt like I was healing some childhood rejection or something from when I was 19."
She continued: "But the 2015 VMAs come around. He’s getting the Vanguard Award. He called me up beforehand - I didn’t illegally record it, so I can’t play it for you. But he called me up, maybe a week or so before the event, and we had maybe over an hourlong conversation, and he’s like, 'I really, really would like for you to present this Vanguard Award to me, this would mean so much to me,' and went into all the reasons why it means so much, because he can be so sweet. He can be the sweetest.
"And I was so stoked that he asked me that. And so I wrote this speech up, and then we get to the VMAs and I make this speech and he screams, 'MTV got Taylor Swift up here to present me this award for ratings!'
"And I’m standing in the audience with my arm around his wife, and this chill ran through my body. 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 shit. And I was so upset.
"He wanted me to come talk to him after the event in his dressing room. I wouldn’t go. So then he sent this big, big thing of flowers the next day to apologize. And I was like, 'You know what? I really don’t want us to be on bad terms again. So whatever, I’m just going to move past this.' So when he gets on the phone with me, and I was so touched that he would be respectful and, like, tell me about this one line in the song."
"And I was like, 'OK, good. We’re back on good terms.' And then when I heard the song, I was like, 'I’m done with this. If you want to be on bad terms, let’s be on bad terms, but just be real about it.'"