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Taylor Lautner regrets laughing when Kanye West interrupted then-girlfriend Taylor Swift at VMAs

Claire Reid

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Taylor Lautner regrets laughing when Kanye West interrupted then-girlfriend Taylor Swift at VMAs

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Taylor Lautner has said he regrets laughing when his then-girlfriend Taylor Swift had her VMAs acceptance speech interrupted by Kanye West in 2009.

A 19-year-old Swift scooped the best music video by a female artist award for 'You Belong with Me', but her win was quickly overshadowed when an irate West rushed the stage and declared: "I'mma let you finish, but Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time." You can see how it all played out here:

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Footage from the incident shows a clearly confused-looking Swift clutching her award as West reiterates: “Of all time.”

Now, Lautner - who was in a relationship with Swift at the time - has recalled his experience of the evening, saying he didn’t initially realise it wasn’t a skit.

Appearing on The Squeeze podcast, Lautner - who has since married Taylor Lautner née Dome - was asked which moment from his life he would go back and re-do if possible.

"Probably the 2009 VMAs," the Twilight star said.

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"I presented the award to her so I gave her the award, I took five steps back and was standing five feet behind her. And in the middle of giving her thank-you speech, Kanye jumps up onto the stage.

Credit: MTV
Credit: MTV

"I can barely hear it. I can't see them. I'm just assuming this whole thing was a practised and rehearsed skit, because why else would Kanye West be jumping on the stage interrupting Taylor Swift?

"It just didn't make sense."

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Lautner went on to say that he had only been ‘laughing and giggling’ because he couldn’t fully hear what was being said and he didn’t realise that it wasn’t a pre-planned joke until he saw Swift’s face.

"He jumped off. She finished,” he recalled. “The second she turned back around and I saw her face for the first time, I was like, 'Oh. This … that wasn't good. I probably should have said something.’”

Taylor and Taylor were in a relationship at the time of the VMA incident. Credit: WENN Rights Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo
Taylor and Taylor were in a relationship at the time of the VMA incident. Credit: WENN Rights Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo

The incident sparked a lengthy feud between Swift and West which was ignited afresh following the release of his controversial song 'Famous' in 2016.

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In the song the rapper says, ‘I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex. Why? I made that b*tch famous (God damn). I made that b*tch famous.’

West claimed he asked Swift’s permission to use the lyrics, but a leaked phone call between the two showed that while the rapper asked to mention her in the song, he didn’t say he was going to refer to her as a ‘b*tch’ or that he made her famous.

Topics: Music, Celebrity, Taylor Swift, Kanye West

Claire Reid
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