There’s a deeply funny and insightful profile of Kim Kardashian written by former Gawker staffer Caity Weaver in the current issue of GQ, and boy, is it ever worth your time. You’ll find out how soft Kim’s boob is (“it makes velvet feel like splinters”), how often she deletes her texts and emails (every single night), and even what she thinks of George W. Bush (“I just think he’s cute. Like a cute little president.”) But toward’s the end of the piece, the topic shifts to another huge star: Taylor Swift.
You might remember the line from “Famous,” a track on Kanye West’s 2016 album The Life of Pablo. In it, he raps, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, why, I made that bitch famous.” Many listeners immediately condemned the line, and called it an unwarranted, misogynistic attack on Swift. Kanye responded to the criticisms by claiming he sought and received approval from Swift before including it on the album. Swift responded to that by calling him a liar.
Said her team in a statement to The New York Times in February:
“Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that bitch famous.’”
When Weaver asked about this incident, Kardashian “[shook] her head in annoyance” and said:
“She totally approved that. She totally knew that that was coming out. She wanted to all of a sudden act like she didn’t. I swear, my husband gets so much shit for things [when] he really was doing proper protocol and even called to get it approved. What rapper would call a girl that he was rapping a line about to get approval?”
But wait! Kardashian claims footage of Swift’s approval—presumably taken while filming KUWTK—exists! (Though it’s unclear who currently has possession of it.) Kim went on:
“And then they sent an attorney’s letter like, ‘Don’t you dare do anything with that footage,’ and asking us to destroy it.”
So Taylor Swift allegedly lied about Kanye West, then had her lawyers send threatening letters asking him to destroy proof of that lie? Interesting! You know what else is interesting? The fact that this profile was published just a day after these photos.