Everyone please bow down to Kim Kardashian for the master class she just taught on controlling the narrative. But before we do that, maybe we should back up to when this story began.
In February, Kim's husband Kanye West debuted his new album The Life of Pablo at Madison Square Garden. One of the tracks, "Famous," featured West rapping the line: "I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. / Why? I made that bitch famous."
Taylor Swift and her team quickly got up in arms, saying Swift had never approved the lyrics and that she even "cautioned him about releasing a song with such a strong misogynistic message." West, however, claimed that he had gotten Swift's blessing for the lyrics.
It was an incredibly confusing time for many of us who didn't know which megastar to believe. But fortunately for us, a good portion of Sunday's Keeping Up with the Kardashians was dedicated to taking us behind the veil and exposing what really went down these past few months.
Early in the episode, a confused Scott Disick tells Kim that he's having trouble understanding Swift's reaction to "Famous" because he thought she knew about the song. Kim then explains what she would later tell GQ: that she has video of Swift and Kanye discussing the lyrics over the phone.
When Khloe and Kourtney call Kim to ask about the Swift drama later, Kim gives more hints as to what the actually video entails. (Although, it's interesting to note Kim never uses the word "bitch" when discussing the controversial lyric.)
"The clip is so good," Kim says. "So the line where he says, 'I made her famous' or whatever. She told everyone at the table, 'Well, I mean it's true, whatever. Kanye totally made me more famous.' And so that's [why] Kanye came up with the line, but whatever."
Kim then warns her sisters not to get involved and that they should all just stay out of it. However, Kim later has a change of heart when she was interviewed for GQ's June cover story, in which she makes the fact that there's video public knowledge and slams Swift for lying.
"I never talk sh-- about anyone, like publicly — especially in interviews," Kim tells Kourtney in the episode. "But I was just like, 'I've so had it.' I just felt like I wanted to defend him in it. 'Cause it's like she legitimately quote says, 'As soon as I get on that Grammy red carpet I'm gonna tell all the press I was in on it.'"
Kim reasons this was "just another way [for Swift] to play the victim," since it worked so well the first time, when Kanye interrupted her acceptance speech at the 2009 MTV VMAs. And while Kim admits that Kanye's actions at the VMAs definitely hurt Swift, she says she doesn't understand Swift's motivation to flip on him.
"Especially because Kanye went so far," Kim explains. "No rapper is going to call someone they're rapping about and get their permission. Because they had their issues in the past, he really wanted to do the right thing."
At the episode's end, Kim's mother Kris Jenner attempts to get to the bottom of this mystery by advising Kim to call Taylor "and try to make amends."
"Thank you for your lovely advice. I'm not going to take it," Kim says, getting the last words in during the eye-opening episode.
But Kim wasn't done yet. Before Swift had time to respond to the claims made in Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Kim showed the receipts. That same night, which just so happened to be National Snake Day, Kim Snapchatted the video footage of Swift and Kanye's phone call in which Swift tells Kanye, "I really appreciate you telling me about it. That's really nice."
Of course, Swift has since responded, claiming she never lied and that what Kim and Kanye are doing is "character assassination." But few have bought Swift's latest claims - due in part to some very fishy details regarding the post itself. And while there could even be court action in the future (since, if Swift is being honest when she says she didn't know she was being recorded, then she may have grounds for a lawsuit) we'll just call this case closed for now and sit in awe of how Kim Kardashian used a reality show and Snapchat to do the most epic mic drop of all time.