In fact, Swift’s spokesperson tells PEOPLE, “Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single ‘Famous’ on her Twitter account,” adding, “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.'”
It had been reported earlier that the rapper had directly contacted Swift, 26, “late last month” during which she “said she got the joke and gave him the thumbs up to release the song with the lyric.”
West, 38, released his new album, The Life of Pablo with a grand listening party/Yeezy fashion show at Madison Square Garden on Thursday which was streamed live to over 20 million people via Tidal, according to early viewership numbers.
“For all my Southside n—-s who will know me best / I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why, I made that bitch famous / God damn / I made that bitch famous,” the father of two recites on the fourth track off T.L.O.P.
The lyrics allude to the 2009 MTV VMAs when West interrupted Swift’s Best Female Video acceptance speech.
The 1989 hitmaker has yet to address the “Famous” lyrics on social media but her celebrity BFFs Jaime King and Gigi Hadid – both of whom were in attendance at MSG – did defend Swift on Twitter.
“I’m so sad right now & disappointed right now. I stand by my sister. Always,” King tweeted while Hadid wrote, “My attendance somewhere does not mean I agree with everything being said in the music playing there. My friends know of my loyalty.”