And Swift gets a bulletproof narrative that, when coupled with her nascent relationship with Tom Hiddleston, carries her right into a single and album being prepared for release in the fall.
(It’s an even year, after all.) This is getting more and more unlikely by the minute, of course.
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Here’s what we know for sure: West called Swift to earn her consent regarding the line "For all my Southside niggas that know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex," consent she gave in the taped conversation Kardashian posted on Snapchat.
West told Swift about part of the line, but didn’t include the "I made that bitch famous" section, and he didn’t play the song for her before its release.
When Swift hears the song for the first time, she has a visceral reaction to the line and a change of heart regarding the song itself.
When the song was officially released in mid-February, the line above ended with the phrase, "I made that bitch famous." A representative for Swift released a statement claiming she had no idea about the "bitch" portion of the lyrics, and that she’d "cautioned him against releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message." West denied Swift’s contention that she was entirely unaware.
When Swift appeared on stage at the Grammys a few days later, she condemned "people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame," a jab widely interpreted as referencing West.