A New Video of Taylor Swift and Kanye West's "Famous" Phone Call Was Leaked — and It Tells a Different Story
On Friday, a video of their phone call discussing the song was leaked in its entirety on the internet, and it appears to offer a new perspective on the situation that led to Swift's year-long disappearance from the public and social media.
As a refresher, back in April 2016, Kanye released "Famous," in which he raps: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous." Shortly after, Swift slammed the track for its lyrics being disrespectful and misogynistic. Kanye, and his wife, Kim Kardashian, fought back, claiming the songstress approved the lines before the single dropped and provided a clip of their call with Swift on Snapchat as proof.
However, Taylor claimed that she did not hear the song in full, telling fans on social media: "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 a character assassination." Meanwhile, the new clip making the rounds on Twitter present-day, seemingly confirm Swift's side of the story.
At the beginning of the call, Kanye asks Taylor to promote the song on her own social media accounts. Confused, Taylor questions why he needs her help. "The reason why it would be happening is because it has a very controversial line at the beginning of the song about you," Kanye reveals, reassuring her that the track is "so dope."
"Well, is it gonna be mean?" Swift asks. "No, I don't think it's mean," he says, before reciting only the first part of the original lyric: "Taylor Swift might owe me sex." He fails to mention the next line, "I made that bitch famous."
It's unclear who may have leaked the "unedited" video (Kris Jenner is a prime suspect), but, in any case, the hashtags #KanyeWestIsOverParty and #TaylorSwiftWasRightAllAlong are trending on Twitter.
“You all bullied a girl into disappearing for a year and even think about ending her career just because you all didn't even want to listen to her part of the story, which is the truth,” one Swiftie tweeted, while another referenced the lyrics of her song "Look What You Made Me Do," writing, "I'm sorry, the old Taylor can't come to the phone right now. Why? Oh, 'cause she's receiving JUSTICE!!”
Neither Taylor nor Kanye have commented on the new clip.