It all began on September 13, 2009.

In New York City, 19-year-old Taylor Swift took to the MTV Video Music Awards stage to accept the accolade for Best Female Video. Whilst she was excited and seemingly a little overwhelmed to be chosen for the award, the moment was ripped from her hands when Kanye West jumped on stage to declare Beyoncé the true recipient.

He said: "Yo, Taylor, I'm really happy for you and I'mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time. One of the best videos of ALL TIME!"

Cameras captured Taylor's reaction. She was gutted. Then they moved on to Beyoncé who herself looked beyond words and as if she wanted the ground to swallow her up. Those fateful few moments would spawn one of the greatest feuds in pop culture history.

September 15, 2009

Kanye, after being thrown out of the ceremony for jumping on stage during Swift's speech took to The Jay Leno Show to admit he was in the wrong, calling himself rude and admitting: "Dealing with the fact that I hurt someone or took anything away, you know, from a talented artist - or from anyone - because I only wanted to help people.

"My entire life, I've only wanted to do and give something that I felt was right and I immediately knew in this situation that it was wrong."

Swift also found a television slot to air her views, speaking on The View and confirming West hadn't yet reached out to apologise.

She said: "My overall thought process was something like: 'Wow, I can't believe I won, this is awesome, don't trip and fall, I'm gonna get to thank the fans, this is so cool. Oh, Kanye West is here. Cool haircut. What are you doing there?' And then, 'Ouch.' And then, 'I guess I'm not gonna get to thank the fans'."

West then called Swift to apologise, with Swift saying she accepted and that she found the apology "very sincere".

September 4, 2010

Almost a year later, West decided he would apologise again via Twitter, which at the time was a new and exciting way of interacting. He wrote: "I'm sorry, Taylor. We're both artists, and the media and managers are trying to get between us. She deserves the apology more than anyone. Thank you [Twitter co-founders] Biz Stone and Evan Williams for creating a platform where we can communicate directly."

September 12, 2010

Not yet releasing the song he said he had written for Taylor, Swift was first to release a track hinting back at the incident. 'Innocent' was the song's title, and lyrics included: "Who you are is not what you did / You're still an innocent."

They're quite vague, and many said this was Swift's form of accepting the apology and moving on. Others however said it was a mixture of forgiveness and revenge...

November 2010

The honeymoon period was truly over by November, with Kanye blasting Taylor for never coming to his defence during any of her publicised interviews. He said that when he interrupted Swift he was doing so as he was "selfless" and because she didn't deserve to win the award. He went on to accuse her of exploiting the whole fiasco for headlines.

May 3, 2011

Kanye and Taylor took to the red carpet at the Met Costume Institute Gala and appeared to have solved their issues. They exchanged a strange sort of high five before moving on, but the whole movement looked incredibly forced. It was awkward, to say the very least. But was this the end? Of course not...

October 25, 2012

Taylor was featured in an exclusive profile for Rolling Stone, and it revealed some rather interesting tidbits from her Nashville home.

The piece read: "Above the fireplace, which is emblazoned with a small heart, there's even a photo of the moment Kanye stormed her VMA stage (captioned, 'Life is full of little interruptions', a phrase that's also in the liner notes of her last album), right next to what is presumably the actual award in question under glass."

June 11, 2013

Kanye was still being asked about the VMAs interruption in interviews, and he told The New York Times that he only ever apologised because of pressure from his peers and the public. He stated: "I don't have one regret".

February 2015

Foes become frenemies once more, with Kanye talking to Ryan Seacrest about a potential collaboration for Taylor's pop record '1989'.

He said: "She wants to get in the studio and we're definitely going to go in. I don't have an elitism about music, I don't discriminate."

Apparently super friendly with one another backstage at the Grammys, they were then spotted a few days later eating dinner with one another at The Spotted Pig in New York. The friendship didn't stop there...

August 30, 2015

Kanye was to be presented with the Video Vanguard Award at the same event which spawned the odd feud. Who better to present that award than the woman he interrupted the 5 years before? Taylor handed over the accolade and their alliance seemed solidified.

September 4, 2015

Kanye sent Taylor an incredible flower arrangement, and she was more than happy to share the gift with the world, once again showing just how close the pair had become.

Awwww Kanye sent me the coolest flowers!! #KanTay2020 #BFFs

A photo posted by Taylor Swift (@taylorswift) on

February 11, 2016

Cut to a little earlier this year. Kanye debuts his new song 'Famous', with lyrics including: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex / Why? I made that bitch famous."

Claiming that he had spoken to Swift before the release of the song, West explained: "I called Taylor and had an hour long convo with her about the line and she thought it was funny and gave her blessings."

Camp Swift however denied this, releasing a statement which read: "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. Taylor was never made aware of the actual lyric, 'I made that bitch famous.'"

February 15, 2016

Swift was nominated for Album of the Year at the Grammys, and it was an award she won. She took the moment to land a huge swipe on West, stating: "As the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there - there are going to be people along the way who are going to try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.

"But if you just focus on the work and you don't let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you're going, you'll look around and you will know that it was you and the people who love you who put you there. And that will be [the] greatest feeling in the world."

I wonder who she was talking about?

June 16, 2016

Enter Mrs Kim Kardashian West. Speaking to GQ in a new interview, Kim again stated that Swift had given permission for the lyrics included in 'Famous' to be used.

She claimed: "She totally approved that. She wanted to all of a sudden act like she didn't. I swear, my husband gets so much s**t for things [when] he really was doing proper protocol and even called to get it approved."

Saying that she even had footage of the phone call, she went on to say: "And then they [Swift's camp] sent an attorney's letter like, 'Don't you dare do anything with that footage,' and asking us to destroy it."

June 24, 2016

The release of Kanye's music video for 'Famous' arrived, and boy was it one to set the pop culture world alight once more.

Beginning with a shot of both Kanye and Kim in bed with one another, the camera then panned out to reveal Taylor nude and asleep on the other side of Kanye, with other celebs in the bed including Rihanna, Donald Trump, Caitlyn Jenner, Anna Wintour, Ruby Rose, Chris Brown, Bill Cosby, Ray J and George W Bush. All of the celebs of course were confirmed to be waxworks rather than the real thing.

Speaking to Vanity Fair, Kanye simply said of the video: "It's a comment on fame."

June 28, 2016

One of Swift's squad Lena Dunham took to Facebook to blast Kanye's video, saying it legitimised rape culture.

She wrote: "Now I have to see the prone, unconscious, waxy bodies of famous women, twisted like they've been drugged and chucked aside at a rager?

"I'm sure that Bill Cosby doll being in the bed alongside Donald Trump is some kind of statement... I don't have a hip, cool reaction, because seeing a woman I love like Taylor Swift (f**k that one hurt to look at, I couldn't look), a woman I admire like Rihanna or Anna, reduced to a pair of waxy breasts made by some special effects guy in the Valley, it makes me feel sad and unsafe and worried for the teenage girls who watch this and may not understand that grainy roving camera as the stuff of snuff films."

July 18, 2016

Kim came up with the goods. She took to Snapchat to post clips of the recording that was taken, of Kanye speaking to Taylor on the phone and the latter approving his song, despite him reading the lyrics back to her. You can listen to the snaps below.

SWift said of the lyrics: "It's like a compliment", whilst Kanye said all he cared about was Swift "as a person and as a friend" because he didn't "want to do rap that made people feel bad".

"I really appreciate you telling me about it, that's really nice," Swift said, before West thanked her for being "so cool" about the track.

"I never would have expected you to tell me about [it]" Swift continued.

She was caught in her lie. But she wasn't going to go down quietly.

She took to Twitter and wrote:

This one shows no signs of slowing down...


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