Taylor Swift may have buried the hatchet with Katy Perry, but she’s not ready to make nice with Kim Kardashian just yet.
The “Look What You Made Me Do” singer opened up about her ongoing feud with the reality star and her husband, Kanye West, when she kicked off her Reputation Tour Tuesday, May 8. Taking the stage at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., the 28-year-old told the sold-out crowd that she “went through some really low times” after the couple leaked a private phone conversation that exposed her dishonesty about not consenting the lyrics of “Famous.”
“A couple of years ago, someone called me a snake on social media and it caught on. And then a lot of people called me a lot of names on social media. And I went through some really low times for a while because of it,” she said, referencing how Kardashians fan started spamming her Instagram with snake emojis after the damning clip was released.
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She continued, “I went through some times when I didn’t know if I was gonna get to do this anymore. And I guess the snakes, I wanted to send a message to you guys that if someone uses name calling to bully you on social media and even if a lot of people jump on board with it, that doesn’t have to defeat you. It can strengthen you instead.”
Explaining she deliberately chose to decorate her stage with statues of snake to embrace the symbol, Taylor said the public fallout helped her learned the value of her reputation:
“I think something that came out of it that was good was is that I learned a really important lesson that I’ve been telling you from the stage for ten years but I haven’t been able to learn myself, which has to do with how much you value your reputation. And I think the lesson is that you shouldn’t care so much if you feel misunderstood by a lot of people who don’t know you, as long as you feel understood by the people who do know you, the people who show up for you, and the people who see you as a human being. So thank you, thank you, thank you for taking the time to get to know me, for sticking up for me, for seeing me as human being.”
As Celebuzz! previously reported, things between Taylor and the Kardashian-West clan went sour in 2016 when Kim publicly called out the “Blank Space” songstress for lying about never consenting to being mentioned in the “Famous” line, “I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex Why? I made that b***h famous.”
“You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to being called ‘that b***h’ in front of the entire world,” Taylor hit back at the time. “He promised to play the song for me, but he never did. While I wanted to be supportive on the phone call, you cannot ‘approve’ a song you haven’t heard.”