Taylor Swift explains how Jay Z was partly responsible for her and Kanye West's decision to bury hatchet

The rapper's infamous stage invasion in 2009 made things tense between the pair

Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift midway through her acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs
Kanye West interrupts Taylor Swift midway through her acceptance speech at the MTV VMAs

Taylor Swift and Kanye West finally settled their protracted feud partly because it was important to Jay Z that the pair “get along”, the singer has claimed.

West memorably invaded a stage while Swift was giving an acceptance speech at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2009 and proclaimed that Beyonce was the most deserving winner in the Best Video category, uttering the infamous line: “I’m a let you finish, but…”

This declaration was understandably not well received by Swift, who told Vanity Fair she was unable to reconcile her differences with the rapper until he could summon up some respect for her.

“I feel like I wasn’t ready to be friends with [West] until I felt like he had some sort of respect for me, and he wasn’t ready to be friends with me until he had some sort of respect for me – so it was the same issue,” Swift said.

“I became friends with Jay Z, and I think it was important, for Jay Z, for Kanye and I to get along … and then Kanye and I both reached a place where he would say really nice things about my music and what I’ve accomplished, and I could ask him how his kid’s doing.”

The pair made-up months ago, but that didn't deter comedian Simon Brodkin from avenging Swift by invading West’s stage during his headline set at Glastonbury this year.

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