By speaking out in defense of her close pal, Selena Gomez got herself entangled in a web of messy rift between Kanye West, Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift.
Image: Taylor Swift
It all started with a brief telephone conversation between Kanye and Swift on the rap song “Famous”, before it was released earlier this year. Unknown to the 1989 singer, Kanye and Kim had recorded the chat which confirms she granted consent to the track.
The rapper is believed to have made the phone call from his LA studio in January.
Kanye raps: “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex, I made that bitch famous.”
Following accusations and counter-accusations on the media, the singer-songwriter is threatening lawsuits because the rapper didn’t make it clear that she would be referred to as “a bitch” in the song, claiming that Kanye had wiped clean the track before playing “part of it” to her. She describes it as “character assassination”.
In Swift’s most recent comment, she said: “You cannot approve a song that you haven’t heard.
“Being falsely painted as a liar when I was never given the full story or played any part of the song is character assassination.”
In her argument, the 26-year-old claims she never heard the full track before it was released in February.
As the drama unfolds, 39-year-old Kanye and wife Kimmy surely know what’s brewing on legal grounds.
Image: Taylor Swift
“Under Californian law, it is illegal to record a phone call without both parties’ consent. If found to have broken the law, the rapper could face up to three years in prison, as well as fines and civil damages.”
Notwithstanding the possibilities of a messy legal battle over the alleged “consent” and “character assassination”, Kim posted videos of the exchange on Snapchat.
As can be seen and heard in the video, Kanye asks Taylor if she’s happy with lyrics from the song–though reference on the phrase “that bitch” wasn’t mentioned.
Image: Kanye West and Taylor Swift
It was a well planned trick–one might want to argue in favor of Swift–but it’s a case for the law court.
Kanye can be seen reading the lyrics as the singer listens. He read on to the part that says “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex” but he omitted that end line which asks: “Why? I made that b**** famous”.
The “I Knew You Were Trouble” singer is heard saying it is “like a compliment”.
Taylor also said: “It’s awesome that you’re so outspoken about this and be like, ‘It made her famous’. It’s more provocative to say ‘might still have sex’.
“It doesn’t matter to me. There’s not one that hurts my feelings and one that doesn’t.”
Seemed like Taylor didn’t care much about what Kanye was cooking–whatever that was! She must have told herself. Both musicians were “never good” in the first place, following the events at 2009 MTV Music Video Awards.
Image: Taylor Swift, Jay-Z, Kanye West and Kim Kardashian.
Meanwhile, Selena Gomez did what any good friend would do, raving and ranting to defend Taylor Swift on Twitter.
Justin Bieber’s ex-girlfriend wrote: “There are more important things to talk about… Why can’t people use their voice for something that f**king matters?”
“Truth is last thing we need right now is hate, in any form. This industry is so disappointing yet the most influential smh.”
Sadly, Selena’s Twitter rants earned her more critics than supporters. She’s been called ‘a hypocrite’ among other unprintable names.
Image: Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift.
An angry fan responded to her tweet saying: “You literally have not used your voice, or lack thereof, to speak on any of the tragedies in the world within the past 4 months.”
“Good question! Why haven’t you or Taylor not said a thing about#BlackLivesMatter or police brutality?” said one.
The 23-year-old singer should have known better, when to remain quiet. However, she seem not to care about what her critics think.
She replied with this tweet which has since been deleted on her Twitter page: “oh lol so that means if I hashtag something I save lives? No – I could give two f**ks about ‘sides’. You don’t know what I do.”
And: “You literally have no room to talk when you have a huge platform and all you do is post pictures and take fake sips of Coke @selenagomez.”
As if that wasn’t enough, someone made reference to Selena’s late friend Christina Grimmie who died of gunshot wounds while signing autographs last month.
The tweet reads: “As a Texas native and a friend of Christina Grimmie, why haven’t you expressed concerns about GUN CONTROL?”