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Kanye West on infamous Taylor Swift interruption: It was the beginning of the end of my life

By Marilyn Malara
Kanye West on infamous Taylor Swift interruption: It was the beginning of the end of my life
Kanye West, seen here at the TIME 100 Gala in April 2015, said his infamous interruption fo singer Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech was the "beginning of the end of my life," but did not apologize for the move. File Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

MANILA, April 12 (UPI) -- Kanye West discussed the aftermath of his infamous stage interruption of singer Taylor Swift's 2009 acceptance speech, calling it the "beginning of the end" of his life.

The Chicago-born rapper performed his controversial song "Famous," which mentions the songstress, three times in a row during a show at the Manila's Paradise International Music Festival Saturday in the Phillippines.

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"That night, when I went on stage was the beginning of the end of my life," West said about the 2009 Video Music Awards intrusion, according to Rappler. "Lady Gaga canceled the tour the next day...You know the night I'm talking about, when I just said what everybody else was thinking."

West mentioned the incident after the second performance of "Famous." It marked the first time the track from his Billboard topping album, The Life of Pablo, was performed live.

"So if I get in trouble for saying the truth, what's being said the rest of the time?" the rapper continued. ""And I had to fight every day of my life when the whole world turned against me for saying out loud what everyone else felt."

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In the track "Famous," first debuted at the musician's album release party in February, West recites "I feel like me and Taylor might have sex/ I made that [expletive] famous." Watch fan video of the performance and speech here and here.

During his Philippines show, West cited what he believes to be an artist's duty as the reason for his 2009 outburst. "But that's the job of an artist, of a true artist," he said. "Not to be controlled by the finances, not to be controlled by perception, but only to be controlled by their truth -- what you see, what you feel, and say what you [expletive] feel."

During one of her latest acceptance speeches soon after "Famous" released, Taylor Swift took aim at West for what many considered sexist lyrics.

"As the first woman to win album of the year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there: there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame," she said.

"But if you just focus on the work and you don't let those people sidetrack you, someday when you get where you're going you'll look around and you'll know it was you and the people who love you who put you there and that will be the greatest feeling in the world."

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