Taylor Swift and Katy Perry’s long-running feud has been reignited on Friday, June 9, in which the “Blank Space” hitmaker released her entire music catalog on Spotify on the same day Perry’s new album Witness was released.
Of course, Swift’s camp didn’t say implicitly that the Spotify move was done intentionally to shade Perry. But those who have been keeping tabs on Taylor Swift’s “bad blood” with Katy Perry know all too well that it was no coincidence.
If Swift released her entire discography on Spotify with the sole intention of hurting Perry, she was indeed successful. According to Consequence of Sound, Tay-Tay’s 1989 album had over 1.68 million streams on June 10 compared to 1.10 million from Perry’s Witness album.
One would think that Perry’s next move was to retaliate against Taylor. The singer, however, did the exact opposite. As previously reported by Vanity Fair, Katy Perry was more than ready to end her feud with Taylor Swift.
“I forgive her and I’m sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her,” Perry told Arianna Huffington on The Thrive Global Podcast.
“And I love her, and I want the best for her,” Perry added. “And I think she’s a fantastic songwriter, and I think that, you know, if we, both her and I, can be representatives of strong women that come together despite their differences, I think the whole world is going to go like, ‘Yeah, well we can do this.’ I don’t know. Like maybe I don’t agree with everything she does and she doesn’t agree with everything I do, but I just really truly want to come together in a place of love and forgiveness and understanding and compassion.”
Interestingly, Taylor Swift and Katy Perry used to be really close friends. Rumors of a feud between the two started when Swift revealed in a 2014 Rolling Stone interview that “Bad Blood” was about a conflict with a well-known music artist, even going so far as to say that she and the unnamed music artist are “straight-up enemies.”
“For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not,” Taylor recalled. “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?'”
As it turns out, the feud reportedly started when Katy Perry “stole” three of Taylor Swift’s backup dancers. As reported by TMZ, the dancers originally worked for Katy. But after Perry went on break, the dancers joined Swift’s tour. The dancers tried to work out a contract with a 30-day out so they could go back to touring with Perry later. After the dancers issued the request, Taylor reportedly “fired them on the spot.”
Katy Perry opened up about her feud with Taylor Swift when she was featured in James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke.”
“So that year came up, and I texted all of them because I’m very close with them. I said, ‘Look, just FYI, I’m about to start. I want to put the word out there.’ And they said, ‘Okay, we’re going to go talk to management about it.’ And they did, and they got fired. And I tried to talk to her about it, and she wouldn’t speak to me.”
But Katy Perry did say in the same interview that she wants to bury the hatchet with Taylor Swift.
“But what I want to say is that I’m ready for that BS to be done,” she added. “Now, there is the law of cause and effect. You do something, there’s going to be a reaction, and trust me daddy, there’s going to be a reaction. It’s all about karma, right? I think personally that women together — not divided, and none of this petty bulls— — women together will heal the world.”
Taylor Swift, meanwhile, hasn’t responded to Katy Perry’s offerings of reconciliation.
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