Taylor Swift seemingly references her feud with rapper Kanye West in a track on her new album Reputation
The Shake It Off star seemed to make a nod to their feud on the album’s first single Look What You Made Me Do, which was released in August, but fans noticed more obvious mentions in This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things after her album was released on Friday.
“It was so nice being friends again, there I was giving you a second chance,” she sings. “But you stabbed me in the back while shaking my hand/ And therein lies the issue, friends don’t try to trick you/ Get you on the phone and mind-twist you, and so I took an axe to a mended fence.”
Taylor originally fell out with Kanye in 2009 when he interrupted her speech at the MTV Video Music Awards, but they eventually reconciled. It reignited again in 2016 when Kanye released his track Famous, in which he rapped that he thought he might “still have sex” with Taylor and added, “I made that b**tch famous”.
Kanye insisted he had received Taylor’s prior approval, something which she denied. Kanye’s wife Kim Kardashian then weighed in and shared a video of Kanye on the phone to Taylor, showing that she was aware of the lyrics. After the singer slammed them for painting her as a liar, she stepped out of the spotlight.
Taylor also seemed to touch on Kanye’s falling out with rapper Jay-Z, by singing, “But I’m not the only friend you’ve lost lately/ If only you weren’t so shady”
She also praised her boyfriend Joe Alwyn for not paying attention to the headlines and her mum Andrea for listening to the drama, and concluded, “And here’s to you, ‘Cause forgiveness is a nice thing to do/ Haha, I can’t even say it with a straight face.”
Ahead of Reputation‘s release, the 27-year-old made her first TV appearance during a commercial break in Scandal on Thursday night. The pre-recorded footage showed her singing the ballad New Year’s Day at one of her secret sessions.
Reputation, which has received generally positive reviews from the critics, also features the previously released songs Ready For It?, Call It What You Want and Gorgeous, which features the voice of Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively’s daughter James.