Katy Perry & Taylor Swift’s Feud: What Actually Happened & Why?

The relationship between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift has made headlines for over a decade now, but when we think about it, do we really recall how it all started? It has been the pop feud of this generation, and surely there was drama, but if you are still curious about the singers and their crazy relationship, we have made a timeline of everything that happened. Let’s get into it!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Larry Busacca | Katy Perry and Taylor Swift during the GRAMMY Awards on January 30, 2010.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Larry Busacca | Katy Perry and Taylor Swift during the GRAMMY Awards on January 30, 2010.


2009: THE YEAR IT ALL STARTED

The important thing to take away is that it all started out of love. In fact back in July 2009, Swift took to Twitter to share her thoughts on Perry’s latest song. "Watching the 'Waking Up in Vegas' video. I love Katy Perry. I think I'm going to hang her poster on my wall now," Swift shared on her account.

Image Credits: Shutterstock / Tinseltown | Taylor Swift at the 58th GRAMMY Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, USA on February 15, 2016.

Image Credits: Shutterstock / Tinseltown | Taylor Swift at the 58th GRAMMY Awards held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, USA on February 15, 2016.

Quickly enough, Katy Perry thanked her for her kind words, saying “You're as sweet as pie! Let's write a song together about the subject we know best... for my new record. It'll be brilliant,” but what subject was Perry talking about? Perhaps they discussed it further at Perry’s birthday party in October 2009. However, the fans were still left wondering.


2010: THE CALM BEFORE THE STORM

Taylor Swift went on her ‘Fearless’ tour in 2010, and Katy Perry joined her in April to perform “Hot N’ Cold” together. Even though things seemed to be fine and the friendship between the two was working out, many have come to call this performance “the calm before the storm”. But soon enough, the storm would start.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Christopher Polk | Singer Katy Perry arrives to The Human Rights Campaign 2017 Los Angeles Gala Dinner at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Christopher Polk | Singer Katy Perry arrives to The Human Rights Campaign 2017 Los Angeles Gala Dinner at JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. LIVE on March 18, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.


2012 TO 2013: THE HEIST OF THE DANCERS

The troubles between the singers started when three dancers from Katy Perry’s ‘California Dreams’ were invited (or shall we say stolen?) to take up spots on Taylor Swift’s ‘Red Tour’. The dancers left Perry’s tour, joined Swift’s, and then went back to dance with Katy Perry on her ‘Prismatic’ tour. And just like that, the fire (AKA feud) had started.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Carrie Davenport / TAS | Taylor Swift brings the 1989 World tour to 3Arena on June 30, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Carrie Davenport / TAS | Taylor Swift brings the 1989 World tour to 3Arena on June 30, 2015 in Dublin, Ireland.


2014: THE SONG “BAD BLOOD” IS EXACTLY ABOUT THAT

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Swift admits that her song “Bad Blood” is about another pop music singer (want to guess who it is?). According to Swift, the bad blood “had to do with business," explaining that, "She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me." 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Christopher Polk | Host Katy Perry attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Christopher Polk | Host Katy Perry attends the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California.

Even though we all know what she is talking about, Swift still hasn’t confirmed that her song was about Perry or that she was referring to the dancers when she mentioned “sabotage”. However, shortly after the interview was released, Perry tweeted "Watch out for the Regina George in sheep's clothing...".


MAY 2015: KATY PERRY IS TAYLOR SWIFT'S NEW TABOO

“I’m not giving them anything to write about,” Swift told the Telegraph, explaining that she will not make any comments about her relationship with Katy Perry. She continued the interview saying, “But I’m never going to talk about her in my interview. It’s not going to happen.” Now, by reading the interview, we have all been born with the talent to read between the lines.

Image Credits: Shutterstock / Featureflash Photo Agency | Taylor Swift at the 2015 iHeart Radio Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium.

Image Credits: Shutterstock / Featureflash Photo Agency | Taylor Swift at the 2015 iHeart Radio Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium.


JULY 2015: A SHARK MAKES AN APPEARANCE ON “BAD BLOOD”

If you follow both singers on the regular, you probably remember how the shark from Katy Perry’s Super Bowl performance became an internet sensation due to its “impressive” dance skills. Someone else who also noticed this was Swift, who brought a shark along to her “Bad Blood” performance in July 2015. Like Hansel and Gretel, leaving us the bread crumbs.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rob Carr | Singer Katy Perry performs with dancers during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rob Carr | Singer Katy Perry performs with dancers during the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show at University of Phoenix Stadium on February 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.


JULY 2015: NICKI MINAJ HAS ENTERED THE CHAT

When Minaj’s music video didn’t take the award at the 2015 MTV VMAs, she took to Twitter to share her feelings, saying "If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year." Considering the cast of the “Bad Blood”’s video, Swift took it as a message to her and answered Minaj.

"I've done nothing but love & support you. It's unlike you to pit women against each other. [...]" wrote Swift. Even though Minaj replied saying her tweet wasn’t about Swift, Perry still had something to say, writing "Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the takedown of a woman.”


OCTOBER 2015: SWIFT IS STILL BEING QUESTIONED ABOUT THE INSPIRATION FOR “BAD BLOOD”

"I never said anything that would point a finger in the specific direction of one specific person, and I can sleep at night knowing that. I knew the song would be assigned to a person, and the easiest mark was someone who I didn’t want to be labeled with this song,” Taylor Swift told GQ in an interview.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rich Polk | Taylor Swift attends the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on FOX at Microsoft Theater on March 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rich Polk | Taylor Swift attends the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Awards which broadcasted live on FOX at Microsoft Theater on March 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

She continued that “[Bad Blood] was not a song about heartbreak. It was about the loss of friendship." She might have not named a person, however, by now everyone knows who she was talking about in the song. Even though 2015 was eventful for the feud between the singers, 2016 was coming with a force we didn’t expect!

Image Credits: Getty Images / Scott Dudelson | Singer Katy Perry performs onstage during the One 805 Kick Ash Bash benefiting First Responders at Bella Vista Ranch & Polo Club on February 25, 2018 in Carpinteria, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Scott Dudelson | Singer Katy Perry performs onstage during the One 805 Kick Ash Bash benefiting First Responders at Bella Vista Ranch & Polo Club on February 25, 2018 in Carpinteria, California.


FEBRUARY 2016: THE INVITATION TO AN AFTER-PARTY THAT CAME AS A PEACE OFFERING

Katy Perry is known for her insane parties, which are usually filled with A-listers. Her Grammy after-party in 2016 was no different, except that Taylor Swift was actually on the invitation list. Swift didn’t attend the party, but many saw this as a peace offering. Were they right?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Neilson Barnard | Taylor Swift attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Neilson Barnard | Taylor Swift attends the "Manus x Machina: Fashion In An Age Of Technology" Costume Institute Gala at Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 2, 2016 in New York City.


MAY 2016: A HACKER WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR

Just one month after, Katy Perry tweeted something no one was expecting: she wrote “miss u, baby,” to Taylor Swift. Shocking right? No. In fact, her account was hacked and the person responsible for it was just enjoying the roar from the fans’ comments on this unexpected news.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gregg DeGuire | Katy Perry arrives at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Gregg DeGuire | Katy Perry arrives at the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California.


JUNE 2016: KATY PERRY LAUNCHES A PERFUME

Now, we all know how celebrities tend to diversify their offer, and sometimes launch clothing lines or even cosmetics. When Katy Perry announced she would launch a perfume no one thought it was weird until she announced it was called “Mad Love” - just like the lyrics from Swift’s “Bad Blood”.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Larry Busacca / VF16 | Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Larry Busacca / VF16 | Recording artist Taylor Swift attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Graydon Carter at the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.


JULY 2016: CALVIN HARRIS HAS ENTERED THE CHAT

Calvin Harris took to Twitter to share his feelings (as one does) about the drama revolving around the credit for Taylor’s song “What You Came For”. “I know you're off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy ETC but I'm not that guy, sorry. I won't allow it,” he wrote.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Winter / BMA2015 | Musicians Taylor Swift (L) and Calvin Harris attend the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Kevin Winter / BMA2015 | Musicians Taylor Swift (L) and Calvin Harris attend the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

We might never know what he meant by “bury”, but Katy Perry sure also wanted to have her say on the topic, retweeting "Time, the ultimate truth teller” from 2015 alongside a GIF. Isn’t it funny how they all go to Twitter to share their feelings and expect people to just not understand their feuds?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ryan Pierse | Singer Katy Perry poses during the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup Media Opportunity at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 07, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Ryan Pierse | Singer Katy Perry poses during the 2020 ICC Women's T20 World Cup Media Opportunity at Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 07, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.


SEPTEMBER 2016: ANOTHER TWEET, ANOTHER MYSTERY

Two months go by without any suspicious tweets or new songs with grievous topics until Katy Perry decides to break the silence with “if she says sorry, sure!”. Now, we don’t really need to be Sherlock Holmes to know who she is referring to, but let’s go with it.


OCTOBER 2016: KANYE WEST HAS ENTERED THE CHAT 

Once upon a time, Kanye West and Taylor Swift had their own issues, and he chose to dedicate some lyrics of his song “Famous” to her. Long story short, the song uses a mean term to describe Swift, and Katy Perry shared a video of her dancing precisely at that moment while attending a Kanye concert.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Cameron Spencer | Katy Perry performs during a concert following the ICC Women's T20 Cricket World Cup Final between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 08, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Cameron Spencer | Katy Perry performs during a concert following the ICC Women's T20 Cricket World Cup Final between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 08, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia.


MAY 2017: KATY PERRY SAYS SWISH SWISH 

Katy Perry released her new album “Witness”, and in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, admitted that "There is no one thing that’s calling out any one person.” No one was expecting a response to “Bad Blood”, until they heard Perry’s song “Swish Swish”, once again, not so subtle.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Daniel Pockett | Katy Perry speaks to media on March 11, 2020 in Bright, Australia. The free Fight On concert was held for for firefighters and communities recently affected by the devastating bushfires in Victoria.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Daniel Pockett | Katy Perry speaks to media on March 11, 2020 in Bright, Australia. The free Fight On concert was held for for firefighters and communities recently affected by the devastating bushfires in Victoria.


MAY 2017: KATY PERRY GOES CARPOOLING

James Corden invited Perry for his Carpool Karaoke and she finally opened up about her feud with Taylor Swift. Get ready, because you are in for a ride (pun intended)! Perry began her confession saying "Honestly, [Swift] started it, and it's time for her to finish it. It's about backing dancers. It's so crazy.”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy | Taylor Swift performs onstage during iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2014, hosted by Z100 New York and presented by Goldfish Puffs at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2014 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy | Taylor Swift performs onstage during iHeartRadio Jingle Ball 2014, hosted by Z100 New York and presented by Goldfish Puffs at Madison Square Garden on December 12, 2014 in New York City.

“There [are] three backing dancers that went on tour with her tour, and they asked me before they went on tour if they could go. I was like, 'Yeah, of course. I'm not on a record cycle. Get the work. She's great.’” However, this was not the end of it, as Perry wanted to ensure she would get her dancers back.

Image Credits: Shutterstock / Jaguar PS | Katy Perry at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal Studios, Hollywood.

Image Credits: Shutterstock / Jaguar PS | Katy Perry at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards at the Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal Studios, Hollywood.


STILL ON MAY 2017, STILL CARPOOLING

Perry continued “‘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 wanna join me when I say I'm going back on.' So that year came up, and I texted all of them because I'm very close to them.” 

Image Credits: Getty Images / Anthony Harvey | Taylor Swift attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Anthony Harvey | Taylor Swift attends the 2016 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted By Graydon Carter at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on February 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.

“I said, [...] ‘I'm about to start. I want to put the word out there.' They said, 'Okay. We're gonna go talk to management about it.' They did, and they got fired. I tried to talk to [Swift] about it, and she wouldn't speak to me. [...] It was a full shutdown, and then she writes a song about me."

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Kovac | Katy Perry visits the SiriusXM Studios on August 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Michael Kovac | Katy Perry visits the SiriusXM Studios on August 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.


JUNE 2017: KARY PERRY COMES BACK FOR MORE

Perry clearly had enough, and she started talking about Swift at any chance she got. When talking about “Bad Blood”, Perry said “things irritate me. 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].”

Image Credits: Getty Images / Steven Ferdman | Taylor Swift attends the world premiere of "Cats" at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on December 16, 2019 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Steven Ferdman | Taylor Swift attends the world premiere of "Cats" at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center on December 16, 2019 in New York City.


JUNE 2017: TAYLOR SWIFT FIGHTS BACK

So far we have understood that this is a fight to see who is more involved. And Taylor Swift is not trying to lose the fight. On the day that Katy Perry launched her album “Witness”, Swift released her entire catalog on Spotify. Was it just a coincidence?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Lester Cohen | Katy Perry attends YouTube Music & Katy Perry Fan Experience at YouTube Space LA on May 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Lester Cohen | Katy Perry attends YouTube Music & Katy Perry Fan Experience at YouTube Space LA on May 29, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.


JUNE 2017: YES, THIS IS AN EVENTFUL MONTH

Katy Perry apparently was finally ready to make peace with Taylor Swift. “I forgive her,” she told Arianna Huffington on the Thrive Global Podcast, continuing “and I’m sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her.” But was she really sorry about everything?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rich Fury / AMA2018 | Taylor Swift poses for a portrait at the American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Rich Fury / AMA2018 | Taylor Swift poses for a portrait at the American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California.


AUGUST 2017: “SWISH SWISH” IS COMPARED TO “BAD BLOOD”

There were several fan-made theories about how the two videos were related. From having a “fight” between two teams, and the fact that Perry said the “Swish Swish” video was a “catastrophe”, which was the name Swift gave herself in “Bad Blood”, the fans let their imagination run free to make a solid case about this.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jon Kopaloff | Katy Perry attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jon Kopaloff | Katy Perry attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.


AUGUST 2017: KATY PERRY IS OVER AND DONE

During an interview on The Morning Mash Up, Katy Perry shared her feelings about wanting this whole thing to be over. "Listen, I’d love for the beef to end. I’d love to take it off the barbecue,” she commented. However, after so many years, will it ever be over?

Image Credits: Getty Images / Larry Busacca | Actress Taylor Swift of 'One Chance' poses at the Guess Portrait Studio during 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2013 in Toronto, Canada.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Larry Busacca | Actress Taylor Swift of 'One Chance' poses at the Guess Portrait Studio during 2013 Toronto International Film Festival on September 9, 2013 in Toronto, Canada.


MAY 2018: WE CAN FINALLY SEE THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL

Olive branches are the universal symbols of peace, and so Katy Perry made good use of one. On May 8th, 2018, Taylor Swift shared an Instagram story saying "So I just got to my dressing room and found this actual olive branch. This means so much to me. Thank you, Katy" and a pink heart emoji. Is the feud over?

Image Credits: Getty Images / RB / Bauer-Griffin / GC Images | Katy Perry is seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on February 12, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / RB / Bauer-Griffin / GC Images | Katy Perry is seen at 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' on February 12, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.


JUNE 2019: ONE YEAR LATER, SWIFT RETURNS THE GESTURE

Perry posted a picture of homemade cookies Taylor Swift made her on her Instagram, with the caption “Feels Good”. Swift frosted the cookies with “Peace at Last”, so, does this mean that it is actually over? Are we now free of drama between the two?


JUNE 2019: PEACE WAS MADE, AND NOW THERE ARE HAMBURGERS

Taylor Swift’s video for her single “You Need To Calm Down” was the final proof we needed to know they were friends again. Dressed as a hamburger and fries, Perry and Swift hug during the video, and later posted pictures on social media with the captions "A happy meal" and "This meal is BEEF-free."

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy | Taylor Swift poses backstage at iHeartRadio's Z100 Jingle Ball 2019 Presented By Capital One on December 13, 2019 in New York City.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Jamie McCarthy | Taylor Swift poses backstage at iHeartRadio's Z100 Jingle Ball 2019 Presented By Capital One on December 13, 2019 in New York City.


SEPTEMBER 2020: EIGHT YEARS LATER, FRIENDSHIP & LOVE AT LAST

After six years of the feud, and two years of peace, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift have become a symbol of redemption and forgiveness. Perry, who recently gave birth to her first child Daisy Bloom, shared a picture on social media of an adorable gift that Swift sent her.

Swift gifted baby Daisy with a hand-embroidered satin blanket, which said “Baby Bloom” on the front, alongside an orange flower. "Miss 🌼🕊 adores her hand-embroidered blankie from miss @taylorswift hope it’s one she drags around for years till it becomes an unrecognizable shred that she keeps in her pocket as a teenager 🥺♥️," Perry shared on Instagram.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Larry Busacca | Musicians Kary Perry and Taylor Swift during the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Salute To Icons Honoring Doug Morris held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 30, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.

Image Credits: Getty Images / Larry Busacca | Musicians Kary Perry and Taylor Swift during the 52nd Annual GRAMMY Awards - Salute To Icons Honoring Doug Morris held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 30, 2010 in Beverly Hills, California.

Finally, the feud is clearly over, and we can’t wait to see what the next years will bring us. Perhaps lovely videos of Perry’s and Swift’s children playing together, and the singers making a collaboration about their once-again-found friendship. What do you think about this story? Let us know in the comments and make sure to share it with your friends! 

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