Someone please procure industrial strength cutting pliers because if Katy Perry is chained to the rhythm, then the rest of us are chained to this endless pop music war she’s waging with Taylor Swift. Seriously, at this point we’ve heard more about their feud than any other clash in human history.
Ahead of the release of her new album, “Witness,” on Friday, Perry somehow found some tea left to spill for an interview with NME about why she chose to tell the “truth” about Swift.
Last month, she took a ride with James Corden and ended up revealing how this all started. Apparently, the two got their wires crossed when it came to booking backup dancers for their respective tours. Swift claimed that Perry was poaching her crew, while the “Bon Appetit” singer said she informed the dancers about a potential conflict before Swift’s tour even began.
Regardless, Perry has an album to promote, so, of course, she essentially pulled out a baseball bat and gave this dead horse of a feud one final beat down.
“Well, James Corden makes me and the whole world feel very safe,” Perry said about her decision to address the feud, according to Time. “No one has asked me about my side of the story, and there are three sides of every story: one, two, and the truth.”
“I mean, I’m not Buddha — things irritate me,” she continued. “I wish that I could turn the other cheek every single time, but I’m also not a pushover, you know? Especially when someone tries to assassinate my character with little girls [her fans]. That’s so messed up!”
Perry is likely referring to Swift’s mega-hit “Bad Blood,” which many have assumed is a thinly-veiled diss track about the pop star. The song was also co-written by prolific pop producer Max Martin, who’s worked with Perry since her “One of the Boys” days, potentially raising a conflict of interest with her longtime collaborator.
“I can’t speak for [Max], but he didn’t know [who ‘Bad Blood’ was about],” she said. “I’m not supposed to tell him what he can and can’t do. I’m very fair; I’m super-duper fair and I’m not one of those people who’s like, ‘You can’t do that because I don’t like that person’. Just, like, you do you, make your own choices… I’m not his mother.”
Haven’t had your fill? Well, Swift should be releasing a new album any day now, so get ready for another media cycle about this mess.