Video footage of the infamous 2016 phone call between Swift and West surfaced on the weekend, revealing the full extent of their 25-minute conversation (rather than the three-minute excerpt that Kardashian shared on Snapchat and started the #TaylorSwiftIsOverParty).
Swift addressed the newly unearthed leaked conversation in an Instagram story encouraging people to donate to food banks during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
She wrote, "Instead of answering those who are asking how I feel about that video footage that leaked, proving that I was telling the truth the whole time about *that call* (you know, the one that was illegally recorded, that somebody edited and manipulated in order to frame me and put me, my family and fans through hell for 4 years… SWIPE UP to see what really matters."
Kardashian responded to Swift's pointed comments on Twitter last night (March 23), maintaining that she is in the right and that Swift is lying.
I didn't feel the need to comment a few days ago, and I'm actually really embarrassed and mortified to be doing it right now, but because she continues to speak on it, I feel I'm left without a choice but to respond because she is actually lying.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 24, 2020
To be clear, the only issue I ever had around the situation was that Taylor lied through her publicist who stated that "Kanye never called to ask for permission..." They clearly spoke so I let you all see that. Nobody ever denied the word "bitch" was used without her permission.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 24, 2020
At the time when they spoke the song had not been fully written yet, but as everyone can see in the video, she manipulated the truth of their actual conversation in her statement when her team said she— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 24, 2020
"declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message."— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 24, 2020
The lie was never about the word bitch, It was always whether there was a call or not and the tone of the conversation.
I never edited the footage (another lie) - I only posted a few clips on Snapchat to make my point and the full video that recently leaked doesn't change the narrative.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 24, 2020
To add, Kanye as an artist has every right to document his musical journey and process, just like she recently did through her documentary.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 24, 2020
Kanye has documented the making of all of his albums for his personal archive, however has never released any of it for public consumption & the call between the two of them would have remained private or would have gone in the trash had she not lied & forced me to defend him.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 24, 2020
This will be the last time I speak on this because honestly, nobody cares.— Kim Kardashian West (@KimKardashian) March 24, 2020
Sorry to bore you all with this. I know you are all dealing with more serious and important matters.
Swift's publicist Tree Paine has since fired back, sharing her complete "unedited" original statement.
I'm Taylor's publicist and this is my UNEDITED original statement. Btw, when you take parts out, that's editing.— Tree Paine (@treepaine) March 24, 2020
P.S. who did you guys piss off to leak that video? 😂😂😂 https://t.co/AtMGUp3t24 pic.twitter.com/EjGDwAdL6O
Swift has argued that she never agreed to being called a "bitch" in West's song "Famous." She did give permission for the line "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex," but not the following, "Why? I made that bitch famous."
Read the full transcript of the leaked video conversation here via Variety.