One of the most influential women in the music industry, Taylor Swift, has been put through hell over the past few years. After going from controversy to controversy, the artist has developed some pretty thick skin.
However, one of her longest and most talked-about feuds was with Kanye West and after almost a decade of painting Swift out to be the enemy, the world has been put to rights.
And since the leak, she has been sending out multiple subtle swipes at West and his wife... Keep scrolling to see what she did.
For those of you that don't know, this is Taylor Swift.
via: Getty ImagesTaylor Alison Swift was born on December 13, 1989, in Pennsylvania, to Andrea and Scott Kingsley Swift.
She started her career in the music industry pretty early.
via: Getty ImagesAfter catching the eye of Scott Borchetta, a Dreamworks Records executive at the time, she was signed to Big Machine Records which was a newly found independent label.
And she found fame almost instantly.
via: Getty ImagesTaylor released her self-titled debut album, in 2006 and received a whole array of positive reviews from music critics including a glowing piece by The New York Times describing it as "a small masterpiece of pop-minded country, both wide-eyed and cynical, held together by Ms. Swift's firm, pleading voice."
The album sold 39,000 copies in its first week.
via: Getty ImagesNot a bad job for an eighteen-year-old newbie writing her own cutesy material.
But her second album was the one that really blew up for her.
via: Getty ImagesWith hits like "Love Story" and "White Horse", Taylor found herself being propelled to superstardom and the album debuted at number 1 on the Billboard 200 Album Chart.
And fast forward ten years, she has now achieved accolades that only artists dream about.
via: Getty ImagesIMDB describes Swift as "a multi-Grammy award-winning American singer/songwriter who, in 2010 at the age of 20, became the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 2011 Swift was named Billboard's Woman of the Year. She also has been named the American Music Awards Artist of the Year, as well as the Entertainer of the Year for both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music, among many other accolades. As of this writing, she is also the top-selling digital artist in music history."
So it's safe to say she has cemented herself in the industry.
via: Getty ImagesThere were a few bumps in the road, but she became a source of inspiration for other young women trying to get into the industry with their own content.
However, where there is good, there is always bad.
via: Getty ImagesThe journey wasn't an easy one, but Swift hardly discussed the dark side of the business, until very recently. She seemed to get sick of keeping up the pretense that everything was okay when behind the scenes, she was struggling with aspects of her personal and professional life.
But even though those difficult times, she managed to produce some quality content.
via: YouTubeWe all know Taylor Swift is an amazing songwriter and music producer, but there's one thing she doesn't get enough credit for... Her music videos. They were all tainted with the memory of her on-going feuds, especially the one with Kanye West.
The headlines about her started becoming more and more negative because of his actions.
via: YouTubeAs more rumors started circulating, no matter how popular Taylor was, she quickly became one of the most hated artists on our screens and was subjected to immense torment by the media.
But you know what they say: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.
via: YouTubeAfter spending years trying to resist the negative press, she ended up giving in to the "psycho" image that they kept promoting thinking it would save her from any further damage...
But in fact, it did the complete opposite.
via: YouTubeInstead, people branded her as "arrogant" and a "try-hard" and noticed her obvious attempts to stay relevant in the industry. At this point, it seemed as though she couldn't do anything right.
But the world has since been put to rights.
via: Getty ImagesRecently, the full phone call between Swift and West had been leaked online, and some people are pointing their fingers at Kris Jenner as the culprit.
But regardless of who posted it, it finally showed the world who the real "snake" was.
via: Getty ImagesIt all started back in 2009 when West decided to storm the stage after Swift won the award for "Best Female Music Video."
Rather than congratulating her in a civilized manner, he did this:
via: Getty ImagesHe snatched the microphone out of her hand and proceeded to tell the entire audience that "Beyonce had one of the best videos of all time," basically insinuating that she deserved the award over Swift.
And the entire time, she was stood there silently.
via: Getty ImagesBeyonce and Taylor Swift made up, but she and Kanye never did.
And over the next few years, things escalated.
via: TwitterAfter Kanye reportedly apologized for the incident, in 2013, he decided to take the words back in a New York Times interview, saying "I don't have one regret," and that his jumping and interrupting her on the stage "only led [me] to awesome truth and awesomeness."
And then in 2015, when these pictures from the Grammy's emerged, we thought it was all over...
via: Getty ImagesWest even went as far as nominating Swift to present him with the Vanguard Award, but we later found out that was all a lie from his behalf too.
2016 saw Kanye West take things to a whole new level.
via: Getty ImagesIn this turbulent year, he released the song "Famous", which featured the line "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex..."
And it gets worse as he also included this line:
via: Getty Images"Why? Because I made that b**** famous."
The song received massive attention for including such humiliating lyrics...
via: Getty ImagesAnd the video even went as far as featuring a naked wax figure of Swift. How is that even acceptable?
But Kanye West went on to say that he got Taylor's approval before it's release.
via: Getty ImagesAnd even though Swift denied these claims, West's wife, Kim Kardashian, decided she was secretly going to record the phone call between the 2 artists and release it to the public.
But what she failed to mention was that she edited it beforehand.
via: Getty ImagesThat's right, Kim Kardashian, the queen of editing her photos, decided to edit the video to favor her husband before she posted it for the whole world to see.
And after that, the influx of hate thrown at Swift was immense.
Funny how when Taylor Swift got "exposed" it was the number one worldwide trend but when the full phone call leaks… https://t.co/znmk3JNkm6— ً (@ً)1584763735.0
And since then, it has only been onwards and upwards.
via: Getty ImagesSwift came back and released Reputation in which she addressed all the torment she went through, as well as her new persona. We have never been so thankful for such a powerful reinvention.
She also told Elle this about the phone call:
via: Getty Images"The world didn’t understand the context and the events that led up to it. Because nothing ever just happens like that without some lead-up. Some events took place to cause me to be pissed off when he called me a bitch. That was not just a singular event. Basically, I got really sick of the dynamic between he and I. And that wasn’t just based on what happened on that phone call and with that song—it was kind of a chain reaction of things."
Over the weekend the world was put to rights.And now Taylor fans have been rejoicing as the innocence of the singer has finally been proved. It was Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's elaborate plan to throw her off, but karma always gets there in the end.
And it seems as if Swift's basking in the glory...
via: TumblrAs fans continued to post threads about her victory, she went on a reported liking spree on Tumblr, making sure her fans knew they were appreciated.
She also reportedly liked this post:
via: TumblrJustice has been well and truly served.
Who's the snake now?
via: Getty ImagesKarma's a b****, isn't it? In other Taylor Swift news, let's re-live the time she came out on top with another feud with Justin Bieber and Scooter Braun.