How Taylor Swift ended her 'bad blood' with Kanye West and Apple
They had problems, but they solved them
It's been nearly six years since Kanye famously interrupted Taylor Swift at the 2009 Video Music Awards, and it was not until the Grammy Awards in February this year that it was clear things were all good between them.
She explained it all in an interview with Vanity Fair.
"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, and we both reached the same place at the same time," she 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."
There were no hard feelings between her and Apple either. In June, Taylor called out the tech behemoth for not paying artists during the Apple Music trial period; it later reversed its artist compensation policy. Like any of Taylor's sudden wave of song ideas, the letter to Apple was written at 4am.
"Apple treated me like I was a voice of a creative community that they actually cared about," she said. "And I found it really ironic that the multi-billion-dollar company reacted to criticism with humility, and the start-up with no cash flow reacted to criticism like a corporate machine."