Confused by the Taylor Swift-Kanye West feud? Here is a full rundown


The feud between Taylor Swift and Kanye West began when she was a 19-year-old country singer and he was drunk on whisky. Seven years later, they are still arguing over who made Swift into a multi-millionaire superstar.

Here is a timeline of the rift that won't end.

Taylor Swift, right, presents the video vanguard award to Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater
Taylor Swift, right, presents the Video Vanguard Award to Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theatre (Matt Sayles/AP)

:: September 13 2009. Taylor and Kanye both attend the MTV Video Music Awards in New York, where Swift wins the Best Female Video award for You Belong With Me.

During her speech, West jumps on stage and grabs the microphone out of her hand, saying: "Yo, Taylor, I'm really happy for you and I'mma let you finish, but Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time."

Taylor Swift and Kanye West at the MTV VMAs
(Jason DeCrow/AP)

Kanye's intervention was not well received; an apparently horrified Beyonce invited Swift back on stage with her later in the night to finish her speech and even US President Barack Obama weighed in - dubbing West "a jackass".

 Beyonce, left, holds her
(Jason DeCrow/AP)

:: September 15 2009. Kanye makes a tearful appearance on The Jay Leno Show, saying: "It was rude, period. I don't try to justify it, 'cause I was in the wrong.

"Dealing with the fact that I hurt someone or took anything away, you know, from a talented artist - or from anyone - because I only wanted to help people.

"My entire life, I've only wanted to do and give something that I felt was right and I immediately knew in this situation that it was wrong."

Meanwhile Tay appears on chat show The View to confirm West has not been in touch to apologise. This prompts him to call her, with Taylor saying: "He was very sincere in his apology, and I accepted that apology."

:: September 4 2010: Kanye apologises publicly to Taylor on Twitter, writing: "I'm sorry, Taylor. We're both artists, and the media and managers are trying to get between us.

"She deserves the apology more than anyone."

:: September 12 2010. Taylor is back at the VMAs with a barefoot performance of her new song Innocent, which includes the lines: "Who you are is not what you did / You're still an innocent." Most critics interpret the song as being about West, with The New York Times calling the song "an extremely savvy insult masquerading as the high road".

Taylor Swift performs at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010
(Matt Sayles/AP)

:: November 24 2010. At a surprise performance of his new album at Bowery Ballroom in New York, Kanye seems to suggest that Taylor used the controversy to bolster her own fame. He reportedly rants: "Taylor never came to my defence at any interview and rode the waves and rode it and rode it."

:: May 3 2011. Taylor and Kanye both attend the Met Costume Institute Gala and perform a casual "low five".

:: June 11 2013. Kanye tells The New York Times that he only apologised in the first place because he'd caved in to peer pressure, adding: "I don't have one regret."

:: August 30 2015. At the 2015 VMA Taylor presents Swift with the Video Vanguard Award and they embrace on stage.

Taylor Swift, right, presents the video vanguard award to Kanye West at the MTV Video Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater
(Matt Sayles/AP)

In his speech he says: "I think about it sometimes, it crosses my mind a little bit when I go to a baseball game and 60,000 people boo me. It crosses my mind a little bit. I think if I had to do it all again what would I have done?

"Would I have worn a leather shirt, would I have drunk half a bottle of Hennessy and given the other half to the audience? If I had a daughter, would I have gone on stage and grabbed the mic from someone else's?"

:: February 11 2016. West releases his new track Famous, with the lyrics: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, Why? I made that bitch famous."

West is criticised for the lyric after he first plays the song at his Yeezy Season 3 fashion show but insists Swift has given her blessing. Swift denies she has ever heard it.

Swift's brother Austin later posts a video of him throwing his Yeezy trainers in the bin.

:: February 15 2016. Swift becomes the first woman to win Album of the Year twice at the Grammy Awards - and appears to use the stage to take a jab at West.

She said: "As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there - there are going to be people along the way who are going to try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.

"But if you just focus on the work and you don't let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you're going, you'll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be the greatest feeling in the world."

:: June 16 2016. Kim Kardashian enters the fray in a GQ interview, backing up Kanye's claim that Taylor gave her blessing to the lyrics.

She says: "She totally approved that. She wanted to all of a sudden act like she didn't. I swear, my husband gets so much shit for things (when) he really was doing proper protocol and even called to get it approved."

Kardashian also claims the phone conversation was recorded, adding: "And then they sent an attorney's letter like 'Don't you dare do anything with that footage', and asking us to destroy it."

:: June 25 2016. Kanye releases the video for Famous, which shows waxworks of Kanye, Kim and Taylor all asleep in a bed in various states of undress alongside Rihanna, her ex-boyfriend Chris Brown, Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner, George W Bush, Anna Wintour, Kanye's ex Amber Rose, Kim's ex Ray J and Bill Cosby.

:: Kim teases the videos of the phone call on Twitter.

She later posts the videos of Kanye speaking to Taylor on the phone on Snapchat. Taylor is accused of lying about their agreement before she responds on Instagram with a post captioned: "That moment when Kanye West secretly records your phone call, then Kim posts it on the internet."