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As if Taylor Swift hasn’t already been involved in enough drama in the past few weeks (thanks, Calvin Harris), there’s a whole new scandalous narrative unfolding around the pop star, and it does not look pretty. It’s like watching a real-time soap opera and we just can’t (or won’t) change the channel. If you’re completely baffled by what is going on here, don’t worry. Take a deep breath because we’re going to walk you through it, one rage-induced tweet at a time.

This particular installment of The Feud stars your favourite drama-starting couple, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, and the sometimes-lovable-country-turned-pop diva, Taylor Swift. Guest staring, Khloe Kardashian as Overzealous Little Sis, Chloe Grace Moretz as Voice of Reason and Selena Gomez as Disappointed Third-Party Observer.

Previously on “Kim-Kanye-Taylor Drama”:

In February, Kanye West released a little album you may have heard of, called The Life of Pablo. It seemed like a normal Kanye album (you know, the usual self-worship and all that). There was one line in the song ‘Famous’ that raised some fan eyebrows though. The line goes: ‘I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / I made that bitch famous.’ It’s immediately obvious that Swift must be the ‘Taylor’ to which Kanye was referring (we don’t actually know any other Taylors) and that in itself spells D-R-A-M-A.

Shortly after the album’s release, a New York Times music critic called up Tay’s people for a statement on the line, just knowing it would be juicy. Her camp replied that Taylor had no prior knowledge of the line, that he had called but it was about asking her to release the song on her Twitter, and that she had cautioned him against releasing the song at all. Wow. One point, Taylor for calling out misogyny. Or so we thought.

FYI re Kanye/Taylor/”Famous” aka mom and dad broke up again

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Kanye, of course, had a Twitter response (read: rant) to that, and told the world that the line was not meant as a diss toward Taylor. He also told everyone that he had an hour-long conversation with her about the line, where she not only gave her permission, but apparently contributed to the idea. He also alleged that she told a mutual friend that she couldn’t be mad at him because he made her famous. Ah, the plot thickens.

Shortly after that, Kim Kardashian supported her hubby in a GQ interview where she confirmed Kanye’s story about phoning Swift. She said that the entire call was recorded (as every moment of the creation of any Kanye album is), and lauded her husband for seeking Taylor’s approval at all. After the call was made, Swift’s people were somehow informed of the recording and sent a letter demanding that Kanye destroy it.

When GQ contacted Taylor’s side about the call, and her knowledge of the footage, her spokesperson confirmed that there was a call, but stuck by their original story about its content. They also said, ‘Taylor does not hold anything against Kim Kardashian as she recognizes the pressure Kim must be under and that she is only repeating what she has been told by Kanye West.’ Whoa, major shade. 

For a little while this whole thing calmed down; it even seemed like it had gone away (except for the release of the Famous music video where ‘Taylor Swift’ is naked in Kanye’s bed with a number of other celebrities).

Nope. Sunday night Kim snapchatted snippets of the footage taken during the phone call. They said they had it, and they delivered. In the video Kanye can be heard reading the infamous line over the phone. He then engages in an exchange with a voice that sounds exactly like Taylor Swift.

Swift seems to approve the line, calling it ‘sweet’ and thanking West for asking her about it. The conversation seems incredibly admirable, actually. Taylor is appreciative of Kanye’s thoughtfulness, and he tells her, ‘relationships are more important than punchlines.’ Who knew something that started off so respectful would turn into this whole mess? And we’re not even done yet!

Of course Taylor had a response to Kim’s post. She took to Twitter late that night to point out that there is no mention of him asking permission to call her ‘that bitch.’ She also expresses how she wanted to support Kanye, and have a friendly relationship with him but was given minimal information about the song, and was not permitted to preview it before the release. She goes on to talk about how the line and being called a liar is a ‘character assassination.’

And this doesn’t end there. Other celebrities took to Twitter to express their own opinions. Selena Gomez and Chloe Grace Moretz both called attention to the fact that this feud is definitely not the most important thing in the news right now.

Then Khloe went on the offence and tried to shame the 19-year-old Chloe on Twitter with a NSFW photo she thought was Chloe. It did not go well.


Whoops.

Now you’re all caught up on the Taylor/Wests feud. Basically, this whole thing has been blown waaay out of proportion and all of Twitter may implode (would that really be such a bad thing?). It’s unlikely that the Wests will stay silent on this so the real question is: are we going to see an immediate Twitter reaction, or is this going to be a long drawn-out revenge like another album or award show ambush? We’ll keep you posted.