Taylor Lautner is returning to the 2009 Video Music Awards. The Dusk the star recalled the night his then-girlfriend Taylor SwiftWinning the award show was overshadowed by Kanye West.
Not only did Lautner, 30, revisit the incident, but he also expressed regret about his initial reaction. During the Wednesday, Feb. 1 episode of his podcast “The Squeeze,” wife Taylor Dome she asked him what career moment he would choose to relive again.
“Probably the 2009 VMAs when I presented Taylor with the award,” the Saint Valentine replied the actor. “[I] little did he know that the Kanye thing wasn’t a skit.
During the September 2009 awards show, Lautner was asked to present the award for Best Female Video. She announced that Swift, now 33, won the coveted Her Own Honor for her “You Belong With Me” music video. As the Saint Valentine the actress — whom Lautner dated between August and December 2009 — began to start her speech, was interrupted when West, now 45, stormed onto the stage.
“Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’ll let you finish. But Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time [with ‘Single Ladies’]! One of the best videos of all time,” the Yeezy designer proclaimed, grabbing the mic.
West shrugged before handing the mic back to the country star. Swift and Beyoncé, now 41, were both stunned. The “Drunk in Love” singer was even seen muttering, “Oh, my God,” during the rant. (Beyoncé later called on Swift to “have her moment” and complete her speech after “Single Ladies” won video of the year.)
“Yup [we had just gone public with our relationship] and I gave her the award, so I gave her the award [and] I took five steps back and I was standing five feet behind her,” Lautner recalled to his wife, whom he married in November 2022, on Wednesday’s episode of the podcast. ”In the middle of his acceptance speech, Kanye jump on stage.”
He continued: “I can barely hear it. I can’t see them. I’m just assuming this whole thing was a practiced and rehearsed skit because otherwise why would Kanye West jump on stage, interrupting Taylor Swift? It just didn’t make sense.”
Dome, who joked that it was “deceased” that his wife addressed the infamous feud during their joint podcast, agrees with Lautner’s snap reaction.
“He jumped off, she finished [and] the moment she turned around and I saw her face for the first time, I was like, ‘Oh. No, she wasn’t fine’”, the Kidnapping star added.
The “Stronger” rapper later apologized for his actions directly to Swift.
“Kanye called me and was very sincere in his apology, and I accepted that apology,” the “Anti-Hero” singer told ABC Radio later that year. “The support I’ve had from other artists and from the fans, and so many people standing up for me, that’s what got me to the point where I could accept that apology. And I’m just so thankful that everyone has shown me so much love.
When Swift released it Speak now record a year later, “Innocent” was said to have been written about the incident and subsequent apology, though the Pennsylvania native has never confirmed it publicly.
The “Carolina” singer and West later reignited their feud in 2016. That February, the Chicago native rapped on his track “Famous” that “made that bitch famous” and featured a Swift lookalike in the video musical.