Is Katy Perry ready for a ceasefire in her long-standing feud with former friend Taylor Swift? If what Perry said in a recent interview is any indication, the 32-year-old performer is in a forgiving and repentant state of mind and wants to put all of the "Bad Blood" behind her. Perry got candid and said,
I am ready to let it go. Absolutely. One hundred percent. I forgive [Taylor Swift], and I'm sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her. I think it's actually, like, I think it's time. There are bigger fish to fry, and there are real problems in the world. You know what I'm saying?
It was refreshing to hear Katy Perry speak with kindness toward Taylor Swift on Arriana Huffington's podcast, The Thrive Global Podcast, because the two pop stars have not meshed well in years. At the moment, Perry is in the middle of an album launch to promote Witness, the album she released last week. Of course, the interview with the HuffPost founder was one of the events helping to launch the release. Moreover, the vocal beauty did a four-day Big Brother-style live stream event on her YouTube channel. It was full of personal moments in which Perry talked about feeling conflicted over the dichotomy between Katy Perry and Kathryn Hudson (i.e. her real name), rueing the day she said she was not a feminist, regretting her ignorance regarding cultural appropriation in her performances and, of course, feuding with Taylor Swift.
The dispute has been simmering since 2013 when backup dancers left Taylor Swift's tour for Katy Perry's. That is Perry's side of the story anyway, and she explained it in full detail last month when she participated in a Carpool Karaoke segment during The Late Late Show with James Corden. Of course, there could be other issues at play. For example, Perry and Swift both dated John Mayer for a while, so that could have caused additional tension between the two songstresses.
Regardless, Katy Perry seems to think four years of feuding is long enough. Perry said she loves Taylor Swift and wishes nothing but the best for her. Perry complimented Swift's songwriting abilities and indicated she hopes people in society will take a cue from her and Swift setting aside their differences like adults.
Unfortunately, people on the Internet might not be as ready to let go of the drama. By coincidence, Taylor Swift decided to return her entire catalog of music to Spotify on the exact day Katy Perry released Witness. There was speculation the 27-year-old country and crossover chart topper did so as a calculated way to reduce Perry's numbers there. However, other factors likely influenced Swift's decision. For example, the Recording Industry Association of America recently announced Swift's song catalog was nearing 100 million certified units; therefore, the return most likely was a celebration of the milestone. Plus, Spotify has a new agreement with Universal Music Group, and it could benefit Swift. So, returning her music to Spotify might not have been such a stone-cold move.