Kanye West is once again speaking out about his 2009 MTV Video Music Awards Taylor Swift stage rush and claiming that the incident was “the beginning of the end of [his] life” and made the world “turn against” him.
West spoke out about the now-infamous award show incident during Manila’s Paradise International Music Festival in the Philippines on April 9, where Kanye told fans about the inspiration behind the track “Famous” and the backlash that followed his past run-in with Swift.
“That night when I went on stage was the beginning of the end of my life. Lady Gaga cancelled the tour the next day… You know what night I’m talking about,” Kanye West told concert-goers of the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards incident and the joint tour he and Gaga were expected to embark upon.
“I just got in trouble for saying what everyone else was thinking,” Kanye continued after performing “Famous” live for the first time, referring to the moment seven years ago he stormed the stage while Taylor Swift was accepting her award and exclaimed, “I’mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time.”
“So if I get in trouble for saying what everyone else is thinking, what’s being said the rest of the time? But that’s the trial of an artist,” Kanye told the crowd, claiming that the world “turned against” him following his remarks about Swift at the awards show.
“I had to fight every day of my life when the whole world turned against me for saying out loud what everyone else felt,” Kanye said at the Philippines concert. “But that’s the job of an artist – of a true artist – not to be controlled by the finances, not to be controlled by perception, but only to be controlled by their truth – what you see, what you feel, and say what you f***ing feel.”
Kanye West’s latest outspoken remarks about “Famous” and his infamous VMA moment with Taylor Swift come just weeks after West dropped the track to much controversy. West faced heavy backlash this past February for the lyrics, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that b*** famous.”
Taylor Swift herself slammed Kanye over the lyrics after a representative for the pop star said in a statement that she was not made aware of the specific lyrics but had previously blasted Kanye for the song’s “strong misogynistic message.”
“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,” a representative for Swift said of West earlier this year. “Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, ‘I made that b*** famous.'”
Taylor’s claims came after Kanye West stated on Twitter that he wasn’t “dissing” the pop star and even alleged that Swift actually thought the song was “funny.”
“I did not diss Taylor Swift and I’ve never dissed her,” West tweeted of the song in February, according to Rolling Stone. “I’m an artist and as an artist I will express how I feel with no censorship… I called Taylor and had a hour-long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings.”
“I’m not even gone take credit for the idea… it’s actually something Taylor came up with,” Kanye West continued of Taylor Swift on Twitter. “She was having dinner with one of our friends who’s name I will keep out of this and she told him. I can’t be mad at Kanye because he made me famous! #FACTS.”
Watch Kanye West’s latest remarks about Taylor Swift in full below.
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