At the 2015 Grammy Awards, Tay and Yeezy finally mended fences, or so we thought, until West released The Life of Pablo in 2016. In the first verse of “Famous,” he raps “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that b**** famous.” The video that accompanies that song includes a Swift look-alike lying naked in bed next to West. You can’t make this stuff up, and we wouldn’t blame Swift for taking offense, except West’s wifey, Kim Kardashian, claims Tay signed off on the song. Say what?
According to Kardashian, West and Swift discussed the songs lyrics. “It was funny because [on the call with Kanye, Taylor] said, ‘When I get on the Grammy red carpet, all the media is going to think that I’m so against this, and I’ll just laugh and say, ‘The joke’s on you, guys. I was in on it the whole time,'” Kardashian told GQ. But Swift didn’t laugh when she won album of the year at the Grammy Awards. She “completely dissed my husband just to play the victim again,” said Kardashian.
Swift’s camp denied Kardashian’s claims, until the reality star released video footage of Swift on the phone with West while he was in the studio. At that point Swift promptly released a statement saying, in part, “I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 2009.”
But Swift is arguably keeping this narrative very much alive, as evidenced by the first track off her 2017 album, Reputation. As you may recall, Kardashian was robbed of jewels at gunpoint and bound in a bathtub in October 2016, and West suffered a mental breakdown in November 2016 and canceled his tour. In 2017, Swift apparently found it appropriate to reference a “tilted stage” (West’s tour had featured a tilted stage) in her debut track, “Look What Made You Made Me Do.” In the video for that song, she sits in a diamond-filled bathtub, which many took as an allusion to the circumstances surrounding Kardashian’s life-threatening experience.