Katy Perry and Taylor Swift’s long-running feud isn’t about to end anytime soon. Going over promotional rounds for her new album Witness, Katy Perry is dishing out more details about her rival and why she’s finally speaking up now.
In her latest interview with British music magazine NME, Katy defended her decision to talk about the issue now, when their rift happened years ago.
“I’m not Buddha – things irritate me. I wish that I could turn the other cheek every single time, but I’m also not a pushover, you know?”
The singer went on to say that by releasing “Bad Blood,” Taylor Swift “tried to assassinate” her character to her young fans.
“That’s so messed up!”
Rumors of a rift between the two pop stars started in 2012 when Katy Perry began seeing John Mayer, Taylor Swift’s ex-flame. But things escalated in 2014 when Taylor suddenly dropped her single “Bad Blood” and hinted that she wrote it for another well-known artist. Taylor even made a music video of it with the help of her “squad,” including BFF Selena Gomez.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Swift recounted how and when she knew that she and this other artist were “straight up enemies.”
“She did something so horrible. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight up enemies’. And it wasn’t even about a guy! 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.”
While Taylor Swift was having her time at the spotlight, Katy Perry chose to keep quiet and neither confirmed nor denied the story. She first broke her silence when she guested at James Corden’s Carpool Karaoke segment two weeks ago. She confirmed Taylor’s story that it was a fight about their backup dancers, but Katy insisted that she tried to do the right thing. According to her, she tried to call Taylor but her calls were rejected.
“There’s a situation. She started it and it’s time for her to finish it,” the “Roar” singer told Corden.
When asked why she finally decided to speak about the issue, Katy said James Corden was the first host to ask about her side.
“No one has asked me about my side of the story, and there are three sides of every story: one, two and the truth.”
Despite her new feisty persona, the 32-year-old singer said that she’s all about women and empowerment and unity. She said that if she gets a phone call from Taylor Swift, she’d be happy to put the matter behind.
However, it looks like Swift isn’t picking up the phone anytime soon. Fans believe that the country crooner-turned-pop princess has just subtly shaded Katy Perry once again.
Taylor Swift has just re-opened her entire music catalog to Spotify, Amazon Music, and Pandora. It can be remembered that Swift has pulled out from the free streaming services back in 2014 because she believed that artists should be paid for their music.
But Taylor Swift has just changed her mind, and she did it on the same day that Katy Perry’s new album is about to come out. Naturally, fans jumped in on the shady coincidence.
Meanwhile, Katy Perry’s album Witness is said to be her most personal and socially conscious record to date. Included in the song list is the track “Swish, Swish” featuring Nicki Minaj. The song is believed to be Perry’s answer to Swift’s “Bad Blood.”
In the song, Katy sings about how karma is coming for this “calculated” person. Katy goes on to say that in the end, she is sure to “stay winning.”
“You’re calculated, I got your number. ‘Cause you’re a joker and I’m a courtside killer queen. And you will kiss the ring, you best believe. So keep calm, honey, I’ma stick around for more than a minute, get used to it.”
Do you think it’s time the two megastars put an end to their longstanding beef? Or do you applaud Katy Perry for finally standing up for herself? Shout out your comments below!
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