Katy Perry and Taylor Swift’s feud explained blow by blow
Do you ever look around at a fight between friends and ask yourself, “What happened here?”
Well, so are we. Read below for a deep dive into the beginning, fiery middle and sweet conclusion of one of today’s most famous feuds: the beef between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift.
Katy Perry and Taylor Swift were famous friends before their infamous feud. In the late 2000s, the two singer-songwriters were often photographed together and exchanged bubbly compliments via social media. For example, in 2008, Perry and Swift were seen together at the MTV Video Music Awards with Miley Cyrus. Then in 2009, Perry said a Perry/Swift collaboration would be “awesome,” and Swift attended Perry’s birthday party. “@Katyperry knows how to throw a birthday party! I would even go so far as to say it was licentious for the party,” Swift tweeted in the early morning hours of Perry’s birthday.
Then in 2010, Perry surprised Swifties by making an appearance on Swift’s Fearless Tour. During Swift’s concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Perry performed her 2008 hit “Hot N Cold” with Swift.
No one could have predicted what happened next.
The beef is getting ready
In September 2014, Swift was gearing up to release her real pop record 1989. In an interview about the album the same year, Swift revealed more than her musical inspirations. In fact, she officially kicked off her feud with Perry.
“For years I never knew if we were friends or not,” she said. “She would come up to me at award shows and say something and walk away, and I was like, ‘Are we friends, or did she just insult me the hardest thing ever? “”
Afterward, Swift explained that their beef started in 2013. “She did something so awful,” Swift said. “I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just outright 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 under me. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational – you wouldn’t guess how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid it. It’s awkward and I don’t like it.
Digging the knife a little deeper, Swift said, “But I don’t think there would be a personal issue if she wasn’t competitive.”
Reacting quickly, just a day after the reveal interview was published, Perry tweeted what we can only assume was aimed at Swift. “Beware the Regina George in sheepskin clothes,” Perry tweeted.
Taking another opportunity to defend himself, Perry said in a 2015 interview that “[if] someone is trying to defame my character, you’re going to hear about it. Duly noted, Perry.
Later in 2015, Swift released her song “Bad Blood” featuring Kendrick Lamar. Swift has openly explained that the song is about the loss of a friendship rather than heartbreak. The lyrics express intense feelings of betrayal:
Now, have you thought of everything?
All these things will catch you
And time may heal, but it won’t
So if you come my way, don’t
Oh, it’s so sad to think of the good times
You and me.
Many have speculated that “Bad Blood” was written about Perry. Including Perry herself.
Perry released his song “Swish Swish” with Nicki Minaj in 2017, which many believed was Perry’s response to “Bad Blood.” In an interview with James Corden, Perry sang “Swish Swish” during the talk show host’s Carpool Karaoke segment before explaining his feud with Swift.
“Frankly, [Swift] started it, and it’s time for her to finish it,” Perry told Corden.
“It’s about supporting dancers. It’s so crazy,” she continued. “The [are] three dancers who went on tour with his tour, and they asked me before they went on tour if they could go. I was like, ‘Yeah sure. I’m not on a record cycle. Get the job. She is great. But I’ll be on a record cycle, probably, in about a year, so make sure you put a 30-day contingency in your contract so you can walk out if you want to join me when I say I’m coming back. So this year came along, and I texted them because I’m very close to them. I said, ‘Listen, just for the record: I’m about to start. I want to put the word out there. They said, ‘Okay. We’re going to talk to management about it. They did, and they got fired. I tried to talk to [Swift] about it, and she wouldn’t talk to me.
“I do the right thing every time it feels like a fumble. It was a full stop, then she wrote a song about me. And I’m like, ‘Okay, cool, cool. Is that how you wanna do it? Karma,” she said.
In response to this revelation, Swift suddenly decided to put her music catalog back on streaming platforms the same day Perry was releasing her fifth album, Witness. (Swift pulled its catalog from streaming platforms in 2014.) What a coincidence, huh?
Bury the hatchet
Luckily, this feud had an expiration date.
While we’re sure we missed the majority of the camera conversations, it looks like the beef was crushed in 2017 or 2018. Perry said The morning mash-up hosts on SiriusXM that she “would love for the beef to end.”
“I would love to take it off the barbecue,” she concluded.
Then in 2018, Swift reportedly received a literal olive branch from Perry during her reputation tour. “So I just walked into my dressing room and found this real olive branch,” Swift said in an Instagram Story at the time. “It means so much to me.”
And finally, ultimatelypeace has been made and we have the Instagram photos to prove it.
Check out Taylor Swift and Katy Perry officially burying the beef in Swift’s “You Need To Calm Down” music video below (around 2:40 minutes).
Katy Perry: Photo courtesy of U Music/Capitol Music Group
Taylor Swift: Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images