Taylor Swift Reveals Friendship With Kanye West Took Time: Waited Til He Showed ‘Some Sort Of Respect For Me’

Taylor Swift seems to have forgiven Kanye West for interrupting her during her acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009. And not just Taylor, but also Tim McGraw, according to Taste of Country.

It took both McGraw and Taylor Swift almost six years to forgive West for storming the stage during Taylor Swift’s acceptance speech. In his most recent interview, McGraw revealed what it was like to meet West and his wife, Kim Kardashian, at the TIME 100 gala in New York, as reported by Chicago Tribune.

“I was a little disappointed with him after Taylor, but I didn’t know him. Certainly as an artist, I get him. I think he’s a great artist. You can’t judge people over every little thing they do. You have to judge people in context as a whole. Or not judge people at all.”

McGraw said that he and West have something in common – music.

“Music was our common ground. He was super nice to us that night. My daughters love him.”

And it’s not just McGraw’s daughters who became friends with West. Taylor Swift managed to become friends with West, too. In her recent interview with Vanity Fair, Taylor Swift revealed that becoming friends with Kanye West took some time.

“I feel like I wasn’t ready to be friends with [West] until I felt like he had some sort of respect for me, and he wasn’t ready to be friends with me until he had some sort of respect for me. So it was the same issue, and we both reached the same place at the same time.”

Taylor Swift also credited her and West’s friendship with Jay Z, who helped the two singers get along. According to Swift, she met West at a place where he said “really nice things” about her music and her accomplishments, while she asked him how his kid was doing.

In her interview with GQ, Taylor Swift said that West’s behavior at the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards was a turning point in her professional life.

At this year’s VMAs, Taylor Swift was nice enough to present West with the Video Vanguard trophy, bringing a kind of full-circle aspect to the whole saga. The story behind the 2009 incident goes like this: when West stormed the stage, Taylor Swift first thought he was about to make a special announcement, honoring her for being the first ever country artist to win a VMA.

“When the crowd started booing, I thought they were booing because they also believed I didn’t deserve the award. That’s where the hurt came from. I went backstage and cried, and then I had to stop crying and perform five minutes later.”

Taylor Swift also revealed that she had to tell herself to perform no matter what and tried to convince herself that it wasn’t a “big deal.” But now that Kanye West and Taylor Swift respect each other, the 2009 incident is one of Swift’s most favorite things that have happened in her career, according to her. The pair are even rumored to be recording music together.

In other news, Taylor Swift has counter-sued DJ David Mueller, who allegedly tried to lift Swift’s skirt and touch her “bottom,” as reported by Vox.

DJ David Mueller, formerly of Denver radio station KYGO-FM, was accused of “lifting Swift’s skirt with his hand and touching her bottom” before one of Taylor Swift’s performances in 2013. The DJ was fired immediately after the incident.

Mueller then filed a suit against Taylor Swift this September, over two years after the incident, claiming someone had mistaken him, and it cost him his job and future “business opportunities,” according to Vox.

But now Taylor Swift fires back with a countersuit that claims his actions constitute assault.

Taylor Swift’s attorney wrote in the document filed with the U.S. District Court in Colorado in no uncertain terms.

“Mueller’s newfound claim that he is the ‘wrong guy’ and, therefore, his termination from KYGO was unjustified, is specious… Ms. Swift knows exactly who committed the assault — it was Mueller.”

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