Taylor Swift calls Kanye West 'two-faced,' says she can no longer pretend to be on good terms with rapper
Taylor Swift recently opened up about her ongoing feud with Kanye West, admitting that at one point all she wanted was his approval. The 29-year-old singer made the revelation in an interview with Rolling Stone magazine, where she also discussed self-doubt, her fraught relationship with Katy Perry, and her relationship with Joe Alwyn.
Swift said she attempted to reconnect with Kanye in the time before 2015 and after he notoriously crashed her Video Music Awards speech in 2009. The feud came back to the fore when Kanye released the 2016 song "Famous", which featured the lyrics: "For all my South Side n****s that know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that b***h famous." Swift was reportedly outraged by the lyrics.
Taylor has now said that she finds the rapper "two-faced" and is not willing to pretend to be on good terms with him any longer.
The singer told the magazine: "The world didn't understand the context and the events that led up to it. Because nothing ever just happens like that without some lead-up. Some events took place to cause me to be p***ed off when [Kanye] called me a b***h. That was not just a singular event. Basically, I got really sick of the dynamic between he and I..."
Talking about the time between 2009 and 2015, Taylor said she made an attempt to reconnect with Kanye and they even went on to form a relationship where they would go for dinners together and he would even compliment her music. She said it felt like he was "healing her childhood rejection."
"I started to feel like we reconnected, which felt great for me — because all I ever wanted my whole career after that thing happened in 2009 [VMAs] was for him to respect me," she continued.
"When someone doesn't respect you so loudly and says you literally don't deserve to be here — I just so badly wanted that respect from him, and I hate that about myself, that I was like, 'This guy who's antagonizing me, I just want his approval.' But that's where I was."
However, the 2015 VMAs pulled her down as she claimed that the rapper had asked her to present him with the Vanguard Award because it would "mean so much" to him only to later announced on stage that MTV made the decision to boost ratings.
"I'm standing in the audience with my arm around his wife, and this chill ran through my body. I realized he is so two-faced," Swift said. "That he wants to be nice to me behind the scenes, but then he wants to look cool, get up in front of everyone and talk s**t. And I was so upset. He wanted me to come talk to him after the event in his dressing room. I wouldn't go."