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Taylor Swift accepts apology from Kanye West



Todd Martens of The Los Angeles Times is reporting that the fourth time, apparently, was the charm.
Kanye West phoned Taylor Swift after her appearance on "The View" and apologized for his actions during her  acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday night.  According to Andrea Dresdale of Citadel/ABC News Radio, the young country star has officially accepted his apology.

"Kanye did call me, and he was very sincere in his apology, and I accepted his apology," Swift said.

This was the fourth time West had apologized for taking the microphone away from Swift and voicing his opinion that his friend Beyoncé deserved the award for best female video.  Twice via his own blog and once on the Jay Leno program.  This was the first time, however, that West had spoken directly with Swift.

During the interview on "The View", Swift revealed that Kanye had not yet reached out to her and the phone call apparently came shortly after that show aired.   On that program she also recounted what was going through her mind at the time of the incident.

"I think my overall thought process went something like, 'Wow, I can't believe I won. This is awesome. Don't trip and fall. I'm going to get to thank the fans. This is so cool. Oh!  Kanye West is here. Cool haircut. What...what are you doing there? And then ouch!   And then...I guess I'm not going to thank the fans,'" she said.

"I'm not going to say that I wasn't rattled by it, but I had to perform live five minutes later, so I had to get myself back to the place where I could perform," she added.

Swift also discovered immediately that she had the support of other artists and fans.

"There were a lot of people around me backstage that were saying wonderful, incredible things and having my back," she said.
"All the other artists that came and showed me love in the hours following it and all the people tweeting about it and all the fans.  I just never imagined that there were that many people out there looking out for me. So it was really wonderful to see that people were out there defending me.  So I didn't have to."

During her appearance on The View, Swift performed acoustic versions of "Fifteen" and "You Belong With Me." The 19-year-old, who still lives with her parents near Nashville, also revealed that she'll soon be making other living arrangements.

"I haven't told anybody this yet, but I just got my first condo," she said before adding, "Yes, I have told my mother." 

On Monday night, West appeared on the debut of "The Jay Leno Show," and confessed that his display on the awards show was "rude, period."

Other stars have also spoken out against the artist. Pop singer Pink called West "a waste" on NBC's "Today Show" on Monday morning.  Some artists utilized their Twitter accounts to voice their opinions. 
Katy Perry called out West via Twitter:


Paramore singer Hayley Williams joined the Twitter support group:

"Taylor Swift, y'all. Go Team Taylor."

Rapper P. Diddy was in full support of Taylor:

"I'm gonna say this, we should always have respect for each other! End of discussion."

Kelly Clarkson blogged about it and wondered this about the rapper:

"What happened to you as a child?? Did you not get hugged enough?? Something must have happened to make you this way and I think we're all just curious as to what would make a grown man go on national television and make a talented artist, let alone teenager, feel like that."

Actor/comedian Dane Cook added:

"Kanye did something incredible tonight. He made me like country music."

For her part, Swift said she doesn't hold a grudge and, when asked if things were smoothed out, she told Citadel/ABC Radio, "Yeah, definitely."


Photo credits: Big Machine Records, Jason DeCrow - AP 

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  • Debbie Dunn, Knoxville Conflict Resolution Examine 5 years ago

    I'm so glad Kanye apologized and Taylor was gracious enough to accept it. The real test of the sincerity of the apology will be that he doesn't repeat similar actions again with Taylor or any other artist. Thanks for sharing!

  • Eric Bohlen, Knoxville Country Music Examiner 5 years ago

    Kanye has shown this type of behavior before including similar outbursts at other awards shows including the American Music Awards when he criticized the fact that Gretchen Wilson received an award he thought should have been won by someone else. Hopefully the uproar from this latest incident will indeed have him thinking twice before he does it again.