Taylor Swift and Katy Perry have sustained a lengthy feud. And now it appears that Katy is adding fuel to that feud with a sweetly scented weapon.
Perry and Swift started feuding when the “Bad Blood” singer alleged that a singer took dancers from her tour. Although Taylor didn’t name the pop star thief, it was assumed to be Katy. Consequently,when the news broke that Perry has named her new perfume “Mad Love,” those in the know are speculating that she chose the name to throw shade at Swift, reported E News.
The lyrics of the song are assumed to hint at the details of her feud with Katy.
“Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood / You know it used to be mad love / So take a look what you’ve done / Cause baby, now we’ve got bad blood, hey!”
The feud with Perry began in 2014, when Swift was dishing with Rolling Stone. In that discussion, the “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together” singer accused an unnamed singer for attempting to stage a sabotage of her tour and herself.
In a look back at her relationship with Katy, Taylor described how the two had gone back and forth, leaving her confused about whether Perry was her pal or her frenemy.
“For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?'”
Moreover, Katy took the situation one step further last year. Without specifying what happened, Perry “did something so horrible” that it changed from uncertainty about a possible friendship to battle time.
The singers also have used their social media platforms as weapons.
“Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing…” tweeted Katy at one point.
As for whether Perry is aware that “Bad Blood” is supposed to be about her, Taylor clarified that her song is not about a man, emphasizing that the lyrics discuss how she felt when she lost a friendship.
“I knew the song would be assigned to a person, and the easiest mark was someone who I didn’t want to be labeled with this song. It was not a song about heartbreak,” she emphasized. “It was about the loss of friendship.”
In addition to Katy’s “Mad Potion” and now “Mad Love” perfumes, Perry has devoted time to creating her own beauty products, noted Hello magazine.
Katy has been a brand ambassador for CoverGirl since 2013. Working with the cosmetics company, Perry recently rolled out a line of lipsticks. She turned to Twitter to share her enthusiasm.
“After several wonderful years of BEING the face, I now get to CREATE the face!” gushed Katy.
However, the New York Daily News points out that based on the history of the feud between Perry and Swift, the choice of “Mad Love” for the name for Katy’s new perfume does seem like a deliberate decision to throw shade at the “Bad Blood” singer.
In particular, the comments that Taylor made about “another female artist” in her Rolling Stone discussion of the feud and sabotage accusations are thought to be directed at Perry.
“It had to do with business. She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me… so now I have to avoid her.”
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