It all started with Taylor Swift's cover interview with Rolling Stone back in 2015. Talking about one of the angriest songs on her 1989 record, people assumed she was referring to Katy Perry when she spoke about who "Bad Blood" was about. She tells the magazine, "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?'" She would recount how the person did something horrible, which made her think that they were enemies more than friends. While she never confirmed or denied that it was about Katy, the Witness singer shared her side of the story when she was a guest on James Corden's Carpool Karaoke last month.
And just this weekend, on the release of Katy's latest album—in what seems almost like a calculated move—Taylor's whole discography was suddenly back on streaming sites and is reportedly outperforming Katy's songs (on US Spotify, at least). Fans are calling out Taylor's shady move, but a source says that the move to return her music to the streaming service was to celebrate her Record Industry Association of America milestone (selling more than 100 million song units, beating Katy, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and Drake) and not to throw any shade at her rumored rival.
But in an interesting turn of events, Katy seems eager to finally end this feud after releasing Witness. In an interview with Arianna Huffington for The Thrive Global Podcast, Katy says she's ready to let it go. She says, "I forgive her and I'm sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her." She continues to explain that there are much bigger problems in the world and adds, "And I love her, and I want the best for her. 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." She then ended her answer breaking out in song. A few lines from Frozen's "Let It Go," of course.
Her parting words on the issue, "There's a lot of other things out there in the world that people need to be focused on, and I truly, like, God bless her on her journey. God bless her. Honestly."
Here's hoping that this is truly the end and that there will no longer be any bad blood between these two.