Last night Taylor Swift presented Kanye West with the Video Music Awards' highest honor: The Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award.
In her introduction, Taylor revealed that, despite her complicated history with the rapper, she's actually been a huge fan for over a decade.
Some people on Twitter expressed doubts that Taylor was telling the truth, suggesting that she was engaging in a little bit of revisionist history.
While we can't confirm if College Dropout really was Taylor's first iTunes purchase — maybe she got the timeline wrong, only Apple knows for sure — we did pull receipts on her long, rocky relationship with Kanye.
(Spoiler alert: She really was a Kanye fan as a teenager.)
So, without further ado, here's a complete history of Taylor and Kanye's seven-year journey to friendship:
September 13, 2009
September 15, 2009
September 14, 2009
Kanye West published a second apology on his blog, writing "I feel like Ben Stiller in Meet the Parents when he messed up everything and Robert DeNiro asked him to leave... That was Taylor's moment and I had no right in any way to take it from her. I am truly sorry."
Sept 4, 2010
A year after the VMAs incident, Kanye West published a 70-tweet missive on his personal Twitter account. It began with an apology ("I'm sorry, Taylor") and then devolved into an endorsement of Twitter ("We're both artists, and the media and managers are trying to get between us. She deserves the apology more than anyone. Thank you [Twitter co-founders] Biz Stone and Evan Williams for creating a platform where we can communicate directly.")
Kanye went on to write "[Taylor Swift] had nothing to do with my issues with award shows. She had no idea what hit her. She's justa lil girl with dreams like the rest of us. Beyoncé didn't need that. MTV didn't need that and Taylor and her family friends and fans definitely didn't want or need that."
He wrapped up the Taylor portion of the Tweetstorm by saying he wrote a "beautiful" song for her. "If she won't take it," he continued, "then I'll perform it for her. She had nothing to do with my issues with award shows. She had no idea what hit her. She's justa lil girl with dreams like the rest of us. I'm ready to get out of my own way. The ego is overdone... it's like hoodies... With new found humility ... who am I to run on stage? I would never ever again in a million years do that. Sorry to let you down ... TAYLOR LOVES RAP MUSIC... I LOVE COUNTRY MUSIC ... I'm sorry Taylor."
September 12, 2010
Taylor Swift and Kanye West both performed at the 2010 Video Music Awards, touching on the "Imma Let You Finish" moment in their own unique way. Taylor did her singer-songwriter thing and granted Kanye absolution with "Innocent," a very serious ballad about how Kanye is still a good person underneath all his antics. Kanye, on the other hand, leaned hard into his bad boy side and ended the show with a triumphant performance of his nine-minute toast to assholes, "Runaway."
September 21, 2010
During an interview with MTV, Taylor Swift called "Innocent" the most important song on her album Speak Now because it helped her move on from the incident.
October 19, 2010
October 25, 2010
Taylor Swift's album Speak Now was released. In the liner notes for "Innocent" there's a secret message that reads "LIFE IS FULL OF LITTLE INTERRUPTIONS."
November 3, 2010
In an interview with the New York Times, Kanye West revealed that he and Taylor Swift had spoken privately about the incident. He started off by joking that Taylor had thanked him for the effect had on her career before saying:
November 24, 2010
Kanye West called out Taylor Swift during a concert at Bowery Ballroom, again suggesting that she used the VMAs incident to her advantage. "Taylor never came to my defense in any interview," he said. "[She] rode the waves and rode it and rode it."
October 10, 2011
In a story about Taylor Swift for The New Yorker, it's revealed that Taylor and Kanye had a brief run-in at the 2010 Met Gal:
March 06, 2012
October 25, 2012
In a cover story for Rolling Stone, journalist Brian Hiatt reveals that Taylor Swift has a framed photo of the VMAs incident in her Nashville penthouse. The frame is engraved with the phrase "Life is full of little interruptions."
June 11, 2013
July 17, 2013
July 18, 2013
Gawker published audio of Kanye West allegedly ranting about Taylor Swift in a restaurant immediately after the 2009 VMAs. In it, he doesn't sound particularly apologetic.
August 20, 2013
September 30, 2014
December 13, 2014
February 8, 2015
Taylor Swift and Kanye West publicly made-up at the Grammys.
February 11, 2015
February 13, 2015
February 17, 2015
Kayne West and Taylor Swift went to dinner together in New York City.
February 20, 2015
February 25, 2015
Taylor Swift started the day by shutting down rumors of a "Bad Blood" remix featuring Kanye West.
Then, that night, she got down with Kanye's wife Kim Kardashian during his performance of "All Day" at the 2015 Brit Awards.
June 15, 2015
August 4, 2015
In an interview for Vanity Fair, Taylor Swift revealed how she was finally to become friends with Kanye West despite their history.