Taylor Lautner Recalls Thinking Kanye West-Taylor Swift VMAs Moment Was A Skit

"It just didn't make sense," Lautner explained on his new podcast.

Taylor Lautner is taking a trip down memory lane in his first episode for The Squeeze podcast, which he co-hosts with wife Taylor Dome. The Twilight saga heartthrob is airing his biggest regret and it’s got Taylor Swift fans quaking in their country boots.

The subject of the 2009 Video Music Awards came up when Dome asked her husband which moment in his career he would revisit if given the chance.

“Probably the 2009 VMAs when I presented the award to Taylor and was unaware that the Kanye [West] thing was not a skit,” Lautner volunteered.

Lautner recalled being on stage when West infamously jumped on the stage, interrupted Swift’s acceptance speech, and alleged it was Beyoncé who should have won the award for “Best Female Video.”

“I presented the award to her [Swift], so I have the award. I took five steps back and was standing five feet behind her. And in the middle of her giving her thank you speech, Kanye jumps up onto the stage,” Lautner said.

Lautner had been asked to present the award to Swift as they had just gone public with their relationship. Swift was crowned the winner for her “You Belong With Me” music video.

That same year, Beyoncé released a music video for “Single Ladies.” West was under the impression that the award had been wrongfully bestowed.

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“Yo, Taylor, I’m really happy for you, I’mma let you finish. But Beyoncé had one of the best videos of all time! One of the best videos of all time,” West stated upon grabbing the microphone from Swift.

“I’m just assuming this whole thing was a practiced and rehearsed skit, because why else would Kanye West be jumping on the stage interrupting Taylor Swift? It just didn’t make sense,” Lautner explained.

He added that he even went along with it and laughed at West’s antics thinking it was the duo’s plan all along. It wasn’t until Swift exited the stage that he knew she was taken by total surprise.

“He jumped off. She finished. The second she turned back around and I saw her face for the first time, I was like, ‘Oh. No. That wasn’t good,’” he said.

Swift and Lautner went on to date for three more months before calling it quits in December. Their romance went on to inspire Swift’s iconic hit “Back to December.”

Emily Weaver
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