'I think when women unite, the world is going to heal'
Katy Perry is “ready” to hear from Taylor Swift.
In an interview with SiriusXM’s Morning Mash Up on Tuesday, Perry said she would “absolutely” pick up if Swift tried to give her a call.
“I am ready because I think when women unite, the world is going to heal,” she said. Perry later added, “I don’t have any beef really with anyone. I love everyone, and honestly, I love everyone and I think we need to unite more than ever. I think we see that today especially — like we need to come together and love on each other today. Don’t matter where you come from, don’t matter what you believe, don’t matter which music you like the most. We are the same and we need to be unified.” Perry’s interview occurred one day after a terrorist attack killed 22 people at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England.
This marks the second time Perry openly discussed her long-rumored battle with Swift. The singer, whose album Witness is out June 9, confirmed her feud with Swift during James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment on Monday night, admitting their contentious relationship started over backing dancers.
“It’s so crazy!” Perry said before providing her account of the story. “Okay, so there are three backing dancers that went on tour with her tour, right? And they asked me before they went on tour if they could go, and I was like, ‘Yeah, of course. I’m not on a record cycle and get the work, and she’s great and all that. But I will be on a record cycle probably in about a year. So be sure to put a 30-day contingency in your contract so you can get out if you want to join me when I say I’m going back on.’ That year came up, right? And I texted all of them because I’m very close with them and I said, ‘Look, just FYI, I’m about to start. I want to put the word out there. They said, ‘Okay, we’re going to go and talk to management about it.’ And they did, and they got fired.”
Speaking to Rolling Stone in 2014, Swift explained that someone in the music industry “did something so horrible” to her. “I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies,'” Swift said without revealing the artist’s name. “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 out from under me. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational — you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it.” In response to the backing dancer controversy, Swift allegedly wrote 1989 track “Bad Blood” about Perry.
Despite all the back and forth, Swift has not publicly commented on Perry or her recent revelations. Perry, however, told Corden that she’s “ready for that BS to be done” — though not before she released “Swish Swish,” a track many took as a shot back across the bow of Swift after “Bad Blood.”