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Todrick Hall Comes To The Defense Of Friend Taylor Swift Over Leaked Kanye West Video Debacle

By Marisa Roman

“The world moves on, another day, another drama, drama…but not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma…” You likely have bopped your head and possibly sung along to Taylor Swift’s hit smash “Look What You Made Me Do” but lo and behold the lyrics are coming to life after recent resurfaced revelations regarding the infamous Kanye West phone call video. In case you aren’t aware of the “drama, drama” we’re talking about, let's back up a little bit first.

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In another chapter of the Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian drama saga, everything began with a phone call that Kanye West made to Taylor Swift in regards to his song “Famous.” The 42-year-old rapper made the call to Swift about releasing his new song and said, “So my next single, I wanted you to tweet it … so that’s why I’m calling you. I wanted you to put the song out.” Swift, who seems quite conflicted but also very apt to being agreeable at the time asked what the lyrics of the song were and if it would be mean.

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West details the very controversial line to Swift by saying, “To all my Southside n— that know me best/ I feel like Taylor Swift might owe me sex.” Swift is heard chuckling and responds by saying, “That’s not mean.” Swift then goes on to say that she’s relieved that the lyrics aren’t about her being “that stupid dumb b—.” West then asks Swift how she would feel if he also included the lyric “I made her famous” to which Swift explained seemingly exhausted, “Well, what am I going to do about it? It’s just kind of, like, whatever at this point.”

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The reason this call and video became worldwide news was that Taylor Swift’s team said that she wasn’t aware of the song or lyrics before it was released. Which caused Kim Kardashian, who filmed the call, to release an edited version showing that Kanye and Taylor did have a phone call. But Taylor’s issue with the call is that the final cut of the song featured lyrics she did not sign off on at all—“I made that b— famous.” More recently the entire video resurfaced indicating that West snuck those lyrics into the finished song without Swift’s approval after all.

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While this seemed like vindication for Swift and her fans, another Swift friend, Todrick Hall got heated from the full leaked video and went on a social media rant. Hall wrote, “Don’t know Kim, only met her once, and to be honest, she was kind. But this is not the example she should be setting for her children or her audience. TO belittle what she’s done to my friend is disrespectful at this point. Would it be SOOOO difficult for her to just say ‘I’m sorry, Taylor. I didn’t think about the fact that we didn’t tell you [that] you were being recorded. We called you out of the blue to promote my husband’s music THAT ISN’T YOURS after acted like a damn fool in front of millions and hasn’t publicly apologized. I don’t make music, and I never thought of how this put an even larger target on your back than there already was, and for that, I apologize. Hope we can be friends in the future.’ Instead, she wants to make Taylor seem immature for responding to footage that Taylor didn’t release.” Hours after posting the rant, Hall took it down.

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