If 'Innocent,' the song Taylor Swift debuted during the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, was written about Kanye West and his notorious on-stage interruption of her acceptance speech at last year's awards show, Kanye wants to make it clear he's the guilty party.

"I stress that the incident wasn't about Taylor personally," the rapper says in a cover story he penned for XXL magazine. "And it definitely wasn't about race. Where I messed up is, at the end of the day, it's your show, Taylor. It's your show, MTV."

Kanye goes on to say, "The relationship with the public and with your fans is like the relationship with your girlfriend. How could I not, at a certain point, be like, 'I'm sorry. I shouldn't have been at the awards show. I'm sorry.' Not that I don't deserve to get beat up or change who I am inside, to make sure that that doesn't happen again."

"I knew I wasn't in a great spot publicly after the incident," Kanye continues. "But I would just block it out and work as hard as possible and let my work be my saving grace. In a way, I had thrown a Molotov cocktail at my own career, and it gave me an opportunity, for the first time, to go away and find out who I was. Because I felt very alone."

Kanye also performed on last week;s VMAs, indirectly responding to 'Innocent' with his new song, 'Runaway.' Taylor Swift's third album, 'Speak Now,' featuring her new song as well as her latest single, 'Mine,' will be in stores October 25.

Read more about Kanye's XXL article on Popeater.

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