Kanye West finally offers Taylor Swift a private apology

The under-fire rapper was prompted to phone Swift, after her appearance on a US talkshow revealed West had yet to personally apologise for his VMA outburst

After three public apologies, Kanye West has finally offered a private one, ringing Taylor Swift to say he is sorry for ruining her Sunday night. The short, doubtless awkward conversation took place yesterday, after Swift appeared on a talkshow and remarked that she had yet to hear from the rapper.

"He has not personally reached out to me or anything," Swift revealed on The View. Her representatives confirmed that not long thereafter, West got in touch with the 19-year-old singer. He offered a personal apology for interrupting her speech at the MTV VMAs. She accepted his apology.

Elsewhere in the interview, Swift described her internal monologue after winning a prize for best female video. "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 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 be able to thank the fans.'"

After storming the stage in a possibly drunk, possibly staged moment, West declared that Beyoncé, not Swift, should have won the best female video award. He was roundly booed and escorted from the theatre. Later in the ceremony, Beyoncé gave up one of her acceptance speeches to let Swift thank her fans.

In the days since then, everyone from Katy Perry to Barack Obama has condemned West's behaviour. The rapper posted two apologies to his blog (later removing one of them), and offered tearful regrets on Monday night's Jay Leno Show. But by the time of Swift's Tuesday television appearance, she still hadn't heard from him.
"I'm not gonna say that I wasn't riled by [West]," Swift admitted. "[But] there were a lot of people around me backstage that were saying really incredible things and just having my back. And 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."


Sean Michaels

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