It seems like things are going from bad to worse for Taylor Swift as the Nashville-raised pop sensation has come under the spotlight for all the wrong reasons recently. Firstly she was called out by her ex Calvin Harris, who took a swing at her over Twitter, declaring that he “would not allow himself to be buried like Katy”, referring to her ongoing feud with Katy Perry, and now reality star Kim Kardashian has come out to publically brand Swift a liar and a snake!
BITTER FEUD REIGNITED
With all that’s been going on between Taylor, Kim and Kanye lately, it’s hard to believe that the three once had #squadgoals – but it’s true! At the 2015 BRIT Awards, where Taylor walked away with the coveted International Female Solo Artist Award, Taylor and Kim were seen jamming out in the front row to Kanye’s new single All Day. After that, Kim posted an adorable picture of them together, captioned, “Ks and Tay”.
Then, at the 2015 GRAMMY Awards, Kanye and Taylor were spotted bonding in public for the first time since he famously interrupted her VMA acceptance speech in 2009 to tell the world Beyoncé should have won.
It seemed like things were going so well, until February this year when Kanye released his controversial track Famous. In the lyrics, Kanye refers to Taylor as a b***h and claims he made her famous. Despite insisting that the lyrics were approved by Taylor in advance, the song caused outrage, with many accusing Kanye of being disrespectful and misogynistic, and Taylor and her camp did not appear to approve of anything he had to say.
After the song was released, Taylor’s brother Austin posted a video of himself throwing his Kanye-designed Yeezys out into the trash, while the songstress, who later became the first woman to win Album of the Year twice at the Grammys, appeared to use the stage to take a jab at Kanye. “There are going to be people along the way who are going to try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame,” she said, pointedly, “but if you just focus on the work… someday, when you get where you're going, you'll look around and you will know that it was you. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world.”
KIM OUTS TAYLOR!
Here’s where it gets interesting. In an interview with GQ, Kim entered the ring and staunchly defended her husband Kanye’s claim that Swift approved of the controversial lyrics for Famous.
“She totally approved that. She wanted to, all of a sudden, act like she didn't. I swear, my husband gets so much [rubbish] for things when he really was doing proper protocol and even called to get it approved.”
She claimed that the phone call was recorded and that Swift’s attorneys sent them a letter warning them not to do anything with the footage in their possession. The music video for Famous was then released on 25 June, which featured Kanye and Kim in bed with undressed likenesses of famous, or even infamous faces including Chris Brown, Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner, West's ex Amber Rose, Kardashian's ex Ray J, Bill Cosby and, of course, Taylor Swift!
Then things really got heated when Kim posted a video of Taylor and Kanye speaking on the phone onto Snapchat and promoted the leak, going as far as tweeting, “Do you guys follow me on Snapchat? You really should ;-)” to her followers.
In the video, the American rapper reveals his plans for the song to Taylor, to which she replies: “I mean it’s like a compliment, kind of.” She encourages him to “tell the story the way it happened” to him and agrees that “relationships are more important than punch lines”. The Blank Space artist remained supportive, even thanking him for calling her and letting her know “as a friend” about the song. The video ends with Taylor insisting, “There’s not one line that hurts my feelings.”
TAYLOR’S SWIFT RETORT
The same day Kim tried to defame Taylor on Snapchat, Swift wanted her fans to see her side of the story and uploaded a lengthy Instagram post clarifying that she didn’t know the exact lyrics of the song. “Where is the video of Kanye telling me he was going to call me ‘that b***h' in his song? It doesn't exist because it never happened. You don't get to control someone's emotional response to being called ‘that b***h' in front of the entire world,” the post began. "Of course, I wanted to like the song. I wanted to believe Kanye when he told me that I would love the song. I wanted us to have a friendly relationship.”
She continued: “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." She argued that being painted in a negative light when she had never been given the full story about the sing amounts to nothing less than character assassination, and signed off by expressing her hopes that she wouldn’t be part of the conversation any longer.
THE TROLL OF T’TOWN
In response to Taylor’s open letter, Kim lashed out again over Twitter, saying: “Wait, it’s legit National Snake Day?! They have holidays for everybody, I mean everything these days!” She ended the post with a long stream of snake emojis.
When a role-model and parent such as Kim publically displays the behaviour of a web troll, the ugly depths this feud has sunk to are all too apparent. Kim’s sister Khloé doesn’t seem surprised, however, and joined the commentary, tweeting: “Kim is savage! Don’t [mess] with her man.”
Meanwhile, Taylor’s squad appeared to be following her lead, maintaining some decorum, with Selena Gomez, a long-time friend of Taylor’s, tweeting: “There are more important things to talk about... Why can't people use their voice for something that matters?” Well said, Selena!