Katy Perry and Taylor Swift have supposedly had “bad blood” with one another for several years now, starting with Swift accusing an unnamed female pop star of stealing backup dancers out from under her in a 2014 Rolling Stone interview and continuing with Perry’s recent comments about Swift trying to ruin her reputation.
Now, leading up to Friday’s release of her new album Witness, the ball has been in the “Swish Swish” singer’s court, and Perry has had a great deal to say about the rivalry. From placing the blame on Swift to addressing her move to upload her entire discography to Spotify and other streaming services the night Witness dropped — and even hoping to make amends — read everything Katy Perry has said about her feud with Taylor Swift in the past couple weeks below.
Friday, May 19, on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Only one day after the release of her clap-back single “Swish Swish,” Perry was a guest on The Tonight Show. About the song, Jimmy Fallon asked, “Is that about anyone we know or…?,” and Perry denied that it was about one specific person by saying, “I think it’s a great anthem for people to use whenever someone’s trying to hold you down or bully you. … ‘Swish Swish’ represents a liberation from all the negative that doesn’t serve you.”
Monday, May 22, on The Late Late Show Carpool Primetime Special 2017
James Corden took Perry for a Carpool Karaoke ride in his latest prime-time special, and because she was stuck in a moving vehicle with him, the topic of her feud with Swift was inescapable. “There’s a situation,” she said. “Honestly, it’s really like she started it, and it’s time for her to finish it.”
Perry clarified that the situation was “about backing dancers” and that she “tried to talk to [Swift] about it and she wouldn’t speak to me.”
“I do the right thing any time that it feels like a fumble,” Perry added. “It was a full shutdown and then she writes a song about me, and I’m like, ‘OK, cool, cool, cool, that’s how you want to deal with it? Karma!’”
When Corden asked if “the beef would ever be off the grill,” Perry said, “What I want to say is that I’m ready for that BS to be done. 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 bullshit — women together will heal the world.”
Tuesday, May 23, in an interview with SiriusXM’s Stanley T
In continuing her recent press tour, Perry stopped by SiriusXM, telling host Stanley T, “I did try and reach out to [Swift]. I tried to do the right thing, the good thing, and, you know, she shut me down and wrote a song.”
Perry also said, “By the way, I am ready, because I think when women unite, the world is going to heal. I don’t have any beef really with anyone. I love everyone, and honestly I love everyone and I think we need to unite more than ever. I think we see that today especially, like we need to come together and love on each other today. Don’t matter where you come from, don’t matter what you believe, don’t matter which music you like the most, we are the same and we need to be unified.”
Friday, June 9, NME cover story
On Friday, June 9, NME debuted a Perry cover story, in which the pop star added new layers to the beef. “I wish that I could turn the other cheek every single time, but I’m also not a pushover, you know?” she told the mag. “Especially when someone tries to assassinate my character with little girls. That’s so messed up!”
Saturday, June 10, on the Witness World Wide live stream
Following the release of Witness, Perry promoted her new album by live-streaming the entirety of her weekend, continuing until Monday (June 12). Perry invited many guests onto the stream, including Ariana Huffington, whom she spoke to for her Thrive Global Podcast. “I am ready to let it go,” Perry told Huffington about the feud. “I forgive her and I’m sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same form her. I think it’s actually like, I think it’s time.
“I love her, and I want the best for her,” she continued. “And I think she’s a fantastic songwriter, and I think that 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. 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.
“There are bigger fish to fry and bigger problems in the world.”
Monday, June 12, on Today
On the Today show, Natalie Morales asked Perry what her thoughts were regarding Swift releasing her entire discography on Spotify the same night Witness was released. “I don’t know, I can only do me,” she responded.
Perry also tried to reiterate that she wants their feud to come to an end by saying, “I love her, and God bless her on her journey.”