Since Kanye West infamously interrupted Taylor Swift before she accepted her first VMA in 2009, it was thought that the two megastars had become friendly, especially as Swift had presented West with the Video Vanguard Award at the same MTV award show last year.
Earlier this year, however, West offended the pop sweetheart once again on his latest album, The Life of Pablo, as the track “Famous” opened with an incendiary line about how Swift would likely still fornicate with him because he “made that bitch famous.” Swift seemed to respond to the unflattering namedrop during her acceptance speech at the Grammys upon winning Album of the Year for 1989.
Swift now adorns the cover of the latest issue of Vogue, and in her new cover story, she reveals that she has no interest in continuing any sort of conflict with West, telling the fashion magazine, “I think the world is bored with that saga.” “I don’t want to add anything to it,” she continued with regard to her on-and-off rivalry with West, before going on to explain that her Grammy acceptance speech was less a direct shot at West than a message for young women everywhere. “I guess what I wanted to call attention to in my speech at the Grammys was how it’s going to be difficult if you’re a woman who wants to achieve something in her life — no matter what,” she said.
It could be that Swift’s story was written before West mentioned Swift yet again during his headlining set at the Paradise International Music Festival last weekend. He told the Filipino audience that the sensationalized incident on the VMA stage in 2009 had positioned the industry powers that be against him and how he’s had to fight to assert his own artistry ever since. He also mentioned a lengthy battle with writer’s block, which was finally broken with the recording of “Famous.”