The rapper name-checked Taylor when he premiered his entire The Life of Pablo album at the Yeezy Season 3 fashion show at Madison Square Garden in New York City Thursday. "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous," the rapper, 38, bragged.
TMZ reported Thursday that Kanye called Taylor late last month to give her a heads up about the song. "She got the joke and gave him the thumbs up to release the song with the lyric," the site claimed. Not so, according to Swift's rep. "Kanye did not call for approval, but to ask Taylor to release his single 'Famous' on her Twitter account. She declined and cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message," her rep told E! News in a statement Thursday night. "Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, 'I made that bitch famous.'"
Taylor has yet to address the rapper's shout-out via her Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr or Twitter accounts. Those close to her, however, swiftly rallied against the singer. Her younger brother, Austin Swift, was the first to comment, sharing a video of himself throwing his Yeezy sneakers into the trash. "Getting a head start on some spring cleaning," he wrote in the caption. "Here we go again." Supermodel Gigi Hadid, who appeared as Slay-Z in Taylor's "Bad Blood" video in 2015 and is a member of her famous girl squad, was at the Yeezy Season 3 show. Soon after, Gigi took to Twitter, writing, "My attendance somewhere does not mean I agree with everything being said in the music playing there. My friends know of my loyalty." Hart of Dixie's Jaime King, who asked Taylor to be her son Leo Newman's godmother, deleted her Instagram posts about Yeezy Season 3 after hearing Kanye's "Famous" lyrics. "I'm so sad right now & disappointed right now," she tweeted Thursday. "I stand by my sister. Always."