This week, Kim Kardashian West and Taylor Swift reignited their years-long feud (yes, at this point it has literally been going on for years) by commenting on a newly leaked video of a phone call between Swift and Kanye West from 2016. You may be thinking to yourself: Don’t we all have better things to devote our attention to? And yes, we do, as both celebrities make note of in their comments. Here’s what exactly what went down.

The Entire Phone Call Between Kanye West and Taylor Swift Was Leaked

Prior to this week, we’d only seen clips of the infamous phone call in which Kanye West asks for permission to name-drop Swift in his 2016 track “Famous.” Kim Kardashian posted clips of the call, which was recorded on video by West’s team, on her Snapchat.

To refresh your memory, Swift claimed West only asked for approval of the line “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex,” but did not mention the line, “I made that bitch famous.” Kardashian West rebutted, claiming that Swift’s publicist said the call never happened, which was why she posted a clip of the call to her Snapchat story.

On Saturday March 21, the full phone call was leaked online. West indeed asked for Swift’s permission to use her name in the song, however, he never mentions calling her a “bitch” in the song.

At first, Swift seems apprehensive to his request, but when he tells her about the line, which, at the time, was “I feel like Taylor Swift owes me sex,” she responds positively. “I’m glad it’s not mean. It doesn’t feel mean, but like, oh my God, the build-up you gave it,” says Swift.  “I thought it was gonna be like that ‘stupid dumb bitch,’ like, but it’s not.”

The original clips have been deleted off Twitter but Variety has posted a transcription of the 25-minute-long conversation (and it’s also on YouTube).

Swift Responds and Asks Fans to Donate

Up until yesterday, both Kardashian West and Swift had not made any public comments about the leaked footage. Swift then made the first statement, taking to her Instagram story to briefly discuss how she felt about the footage.

“Instead of answering those who are asking how I feel about the video footage that was 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.” She linked to Feeding America’s donation page, referencing the need to support vulnerable people right now.

She then mentioned that she has been donating to Feeding America along with the World Health Organization (WHO) and encouraged followers to donate, too.

Kim Took to Twitter

Shortly after Swift posted her Instagram stories, Kardashian West responded directly on Twitter with a series of statements. “@taylorswift13 has chosen to reignite an old exchange – that at this point in time feels very self-serving given the suffering millions of real victims are facing right now,” she wrote.

She continued to express “embarrassment” at needing to make a statement: “I feel I’m left without a choice but to respond because she is actually lying.”

Kardashian West said that Swift’s publicist’s claims that the call never happened are what led her to call Swift a liar. “The lie was never about the word bitch, It was always whether there was a call or not and the tone of the conversation.”

She denied editing the video, instead explaining that she posted short clips to her Snapchat profile to make a point. She also said that Kanye documents all his recording processes for his albums and that, “…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.”

Finally, she apologized for “boring” everyone (even though many would argue this has done quite the opposite) as there more serious matters happening right now.

Regardless whose side you are on, it seems like both women agree on one thing: there are bigger problems in the world right now.


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