Kim Kardashian, Kanye West And Taylor Swift: Fact Vs. Fiction
The drama between Kim Kardashian, Kanye West and Taylor Swift is reaching new heights (or lows, depending on your perspective). But there’s still a lot of misinformation and misconceptions as Team Kimye and Team Taylor each try to spin the situation in their own favor. Gossip Cop, however, can separate fact from fiction on the latest events in this long-standing feud.
FICTION: Kanye West didn’t tell Taylor Swift about “Famous” before its release.
FACT: West, as he has always said, did call Swift to tell her about the song, and she thanked him for doing so. And Kim Kardashian proved the conversation took place by releasing video footage of West in a recording studio with Swift on speakerphone.
FICTION: Taylor Swift heard “Famous” before it came out.
FACT: Kanye West did not play “Famous” for Swift. As seen in the footage Kim Kardashian posted on Snapchat, the rapper says aloud the line, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex.” The video does not show Swift hearing the completed song, which included the controversial lyric, “I made that bitch famous.”
FICTION: Taylor Swift knew about the lyric, “I made that bitch famous.”
FACT: The aforementioned footage does not show West and Swift discussing that particular lyric. While there’s conversation about being “famous,” there is nothing in the clips that addresses the “that bitch” part of the song.
FICTION: Taylor Swift gave approval of “Famous” before it came out.
FACT: Swift, as seen in the video, is heard expressing approval of the “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex” line. She never gives her blessing to the full song or any additional lyrics mentioning her.
FICTION: There is other footage showing Taylor Swift supporting the “I made that bitch famous” lyric.
FACT: This is unclear. Gossip Cop has reached out to reps for Kardashian and West to find out if there is any video evidence that Swift did indeed approve that line. A spokesperson for the reality star told us on Monday, “I’m not at liberty to comment further.”
FICTION: Taylor Swift is now changing her story after initially denying Kanye West spoke to her before the song came out.
FACT: Swift’s camp never denied there was a conversation about the track before it’s release. They always maintained, however, there was no discussion of the line, “I made that bitch famous.” Her rep specifically told Gossip Cop in February, “Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that bitch famous.‘” That was Swift’s stance before, and it’s still her stance now. There’s been no change.
FICTION: Taylor Swift had her rebuttal statement planned before Kim Kardashian posted the video.
FACT: Because the photo of Swift’s statement has “search” in the upper left corner, many have assumed she wrote the message in advance, and only had to dig it up when the time came. It is not clear if Swift was indeed prepared, or if she simply wrote it last night, saved it, and then went back to it when she was ready to screengrab and post.
FICTION: Taylor Swift knew she was being recorded when she spoke to Kanye West.
FACT: There is no evidence, in the footage or otherwise, to suggest Swift was aware the phone call was being filmed. Kardashian, however, revealed the video existed during her GQ cover story, and said they had received a legal letter from Swift’s lawyer demanding it be destroyed or face legal action.
FICTION: Kim Kardashian always planned to release the video of Taylor Swift and Kanye West’s conversation.
FACT: While it was known in advance that Sunday’s episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” would address the “Famous” drama, it’s not clear if Kardashian had purposefully been waiting til the broadcast to make the footage public, or if it was a spur-of-the-moment decision upon seeing online reaction to the “KUWTK” scenes.
FICTION: Kanye West could go to jail for filming Taylor Swift without her consent, and Kim Kardashian could be in trouble for releasing the footage without permission.
FACT: Under the Invasion of Privacy Act, it is indeed against the law in California to record a phone conversation without both parties’ knowledge. It is possible West could face criminal charges, and punishment calls for a fine of up to $2,500 and/or a year in prison. He could also be responsible for civil damages.
Similarly, it is also considered a crime in that state to disseminate video when not all parties have given clearance. As such, Swift could sue the couple, much like Kardashian and West sued YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley for posting unauthorized footage from their engagement celebration online.
That said, whether Swift plans to take legal recourse is not known at this point, and Gossip Cop has reached out for an update on that front. We will also continue to clarify what’s real and what’s rumor as more rounds in this never-ending feud undoubtedly go down.