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.
"I mean, I'm not Buddha – things irritate me," she explained.
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.
While the song's lyrics also seem to be an indictment of Kanye West, in the video, Swift, in one sequence, transforms into a Perry lookalike.
Perry doesn't openly acknowledge the diss track or video during the VMAs, but the darker, self-parodying Swift inarguably hijacked the entire night.
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.
Even when Perry began dating Swift's ex John Mayer in 2012, no reports of drama between the earnest, personal songwriters emerged. A trio of dancers on Swift's Red World Tour had previously performed on Perry's California Dreams trek; as later confirmed by dancer Lockhart Brownlie, that same threesome was then abruptly poached by Perry (for her own Prismatic tour) in the midst of Swift's Red trek."We weren't really dancing on Taylor's tour anyway, so I got a little bored," Brownlie told OK! "The experiences were totally different." Now, we've got "Bad Blood."In her 2014 Rolling Stone cover story, Swift revealed that a then-unheard song off 1989, "Bad Blood," was about a fellow female pop star.
"For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not," she explained.“I love her and I want the best for her, and I think she's a fantastic songwriter.”Taylor's back – ready to settle some scores.After a three-year hiatus, Swift announces her new album (Reputation, out November 3) with a scathing lead single, "Look What You Made Me Do," in which she takes aim at various enemies and announces that the "old" Taylor is "dead." She debuts the damning, Joseph Khan-directed video in the middle of the 2017 MTV VMAs – hosted by none other than Perry."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.