The title, of course, also bears a striking resemblance to Swift's own name; on the track itself, Perry boasts and shares warnings to her haters and enemies.
Even though Minaj and Swift seemed to mend their wounds, her guest appearance further fuels speculation that the track is, indeed, the long-awaited "Bad Blood" response. Swift's ex-boyfriend is also preparing a June album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol. When announcing the album's title and release date, he also gave a preview of the many guests set to appear on the LP, which will include both Perry and Minaj. Perry used a May 22nd Carpool Karaoke segment as a chance to clear the air and lay out her side of the story.
Katy accuses Taylor of trying to "assassinate [her] character."In a NME interview coinciding with the release of her new album, Witness, Perry elaborated on her feelings about her rift with Swift.
No stranger to a feud herself, Nicki Minaj found herself unwittingly in a Twitter war with Swift.
In 2015, Minaj was upset that her video for "Anaconda" was snubbed by MTV Video Music Awards' Video of the Year category.
She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me."Tellingly, Perry posted a cryptic tweet just one day after the story was posted.
"Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing…" Enter Nicki Minaj.
"If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year," she wrote vaguely.
Swift's star-studded "Bad Blood" video, which eventually won Video of the Year at the ceremony a month later, featured a collection of cameos from her famous friends (supermodels, actresses, and fellow singers).
"It's unlike you to pit women against each other.
Maybe one of the men took your slot."Observing the Twitter skirmish, Perry (again, without naming names) posted her own tweet in response, nothing that she found it "ironic" that Swift would use the "pit women against other women argument" in spite of the lyrical content of "Bad Blood." Swift never responded, and buried the hatchet with Minaj at the VMAs, where the pair performed that contentious song together."Another one in the casket."Just a few weeks ahead of the release of Witness, Perry surprised fans with her Nicki Minaj collaboration "Swish Swish." The house-y song directly repeats that "don't come for me" remark, and its cover art features a manicured hand holding a literal receipt ("Karma Coffee and Tea").
"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?