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TIME magazine named pop star Taylor Swift their 2023 Person of the Year. It seems Taylor has been waiting for this moment to drag Kim Kardashian.

Kim’s ex-husband Kanye West was cancelled for his antisemitic rant last year. He is currently living in exile in Europe.

In her cover interview, Taylor called out Kim for releasing an edited version of a phone call with Kanye in 2016.

In the phone call, Taylor is consenting to her name being used in Kanye’s song “Famous.”

However, Taylor publicly denied giving Kanye permission to use her name alongside the lyric “I made that bitch famous”.


After Taylor denied giving permission, Kim released a snippet of audio that seemed to confirm Taylor granted Kanye permission.

In March 2020, Variety magazine released the full transcript of the phone call, which proved that Kanye never told Taylor about the “I made that bitch famous” line.

Kim denied editing the phone call and argued the new audio “doesn’t change the narrative.”

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In her cover story for TIME, Taylor argued that the audio clip was an “illegally recorded phone call, which Kim Kardashian edited and then put out to say to everyone that I was a liar.”

Looking back on the public backlash, Taylor thought the edited phone call “was going to define me negatively for the rest of my life.”

“That took me down psychologically to a place I’ve never been before,” she recalled. “I moved to a foreign country. I didn’t leave a rental house for a year.”

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She continued: “I was afraid to get on phone calls. I pushed away most people in my life because I didn’t trust anyone anymore. I went down really, really hard.”

Eventually, Taylor returned to the recording studio and released her 2017 album Reputation.

She took a shot at Kanye in her single “Look What You Made Me Do.”

“I don’t like your little games / Don’t like your tilted stage,” she sang. “The role you made me play of the fool / No, I don’t like you.”