Taylor Swift cautioned Kanye West about the "misogynistic" nature of his latest single Famous in which he sings about bedding the 26-year-old and being responsible for her fame.
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Under fire from Swift's family and famous friends, the 38-year-old rapper claimed on Twitter on Saturday that Swift approved the lyrics in which he calls her a "bitch", and thought them "funny".
But Swift's representatives say the Wildest Dreams singer actually nothing to do with the song and had no idea he would be singing about her.
"Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single 'Famous' on her Twitter account," Swift's representative's said in a statement to Billboard.
"She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, 'I made that bitch famous'."
In a series of tweets after the release of Famous on Thursday, West claimed he had approval from both Swift and his wife, Kim Kardashian. He also claimed Swift had also come up with the idea herself.
"I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings."
"I'm not even gone take credit for the idea… it's actually something Taylor came up with …She was having dinner with one of our friends who's name I will keep out of this and she told him I can't be mad at Kanye because he made me famous!"
I did not diss Taylor Swift and I’ve never dissed her…— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016
3rd thing I called Taylor and had a hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016
The comments prompted an outcry on social media, with friends of Swift accusing West of "crossing the line" in the single on his new album, The Life of Pablo.
The lyrics refer to the famous incident at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards in which West crashed the stage after Swift had won the gong for best female video, and said Beyonce was more deserving.
Swift's brother Austin shared a video on Instagram of him throwing out a pair of West's 'Yeezy 350' Adidas sneakers in the bin, while Orange Is the New Black star Ruby Rose said on Twitter she could no longer support West.
"Too many lines crossed. If I put myself in the shoes of the women he has hurt recently. Victims of Bill Cosby, the Slut shaming, Amber [Rose]...And now my dear friend Taylor.. Right before another huge moment for her.. Can I still support him and call myself a feminist? A friend? No."
In a radio interview, Selena Gomez also said West was in no way responsible for Swift's success.
"Everybody has their own opinion," she told SiriusXM on Friday. "At the end of the day, you can just do what you do. She's killing it and she kind of always has been."
On Twitter on Sunday, West also revealed he was $US53 million in debt, believed to be from funding his own clothing lines and latest album.
"I write this to you my brothers while still 53 million dollars in personal debt... Please pray we overcome... This is my true heart...," he wrote.
Too many lines crossed. If I put myself in the shoes of the women he has hurt recently. Victims of Bill Cosby, The Slut shaming, Amber...— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) February 12, 2016
And now my dear friend Taylor.. Right before another huge moment for her.. Can I still support him and call myself a feminist? A friend? No.— Ruby Rose (@RubyRose) February 12, 2016
My attendance somewhere does not mean I agree with everything being said in the music playing there. My friends know of my loyalty.— Gigi Hadid (@GiGiHadid) February 12, 2016