The feud between Taylor Swift and Katy Perry is finally taking a positive turn after many tumultuous years. On Tuesday, May 8, the same day of Taylor’s first show of her new tour, Katy extended an olive branch to the blonde pop singer in an effort to put all the hate behind them — and it seems Taylor has accepted her apology.
Taylor took to her Instagram story to share a video of her special package from Katy, which consisted of a literal olive branch and a sweet apology letter. “Hey Old Friend — I’ve been doing some reflecting on past miscommunications and hurt feelings between us,” Katy, 33, wrote in the note. She added that she’s “deeply sorry” and wants to “clear the air.”
And Taylor couldn’t have been more appreciative. “I just got to my dressing room and found this actual olive branch. This means so much to me,” she said in the clip in which she captioned “Thank you Katy” with heart emojis.
This kind gesture comes just one year after Katy addressed her beef with the “Bad Blood” singer during an appearance on The Late Late Show Carpool Karaoke Primetime Special. “There’s a situation. Honestly, it’s really like she started it, and it’s time for her [Taylor] to finish it,” the “Bon Appétit” singer told host James Corden. “I tried to talk to her about it and she wouldn’t speak to me. I do the right thing any time that it feels like a fumble. It was a full shutdown and then she writes a song about me, and I’m like, ‘OK, cool, cool, cool. That’s how you want to deal with it? Karma!'”
Of course, the track Katy is referring to is the aforementioned hit “Bad Blood,” which is allegedly about the pair’s mutual dislike of each other. The song was released in 2014 on Taylor’s 1989 album — and ever since, the two women had been frenemies. Scroll down for a complete timeline of the 21st-century war that’s finally ended!
Earlier in their careers, Taylor and Katy were friendly with each other. They often crossed paths at awards shows, and Katy even performed “Hot n Cold” at a Taylor Swift concert in 2010. Katy began dating Taylor’s ex John Mayer in 2012, but the two women remained cordial.
@taylorswift13 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~
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 6, 2009
It wasn’t until 2013 when their relationship took a turn. Backup dancers from Taylor’s Red World Tour — who had previously toured with Katy — were allegedly poached from her show for Katy’s Prismatic World Tour.
It’s no secret that Taylor knows how to keep a grudge. The 28-year-old singer is not only famous for her voice, but for her killer songwriting abilities as well. While she won’t explicitly name names in interviews she has no problem bearing the truth in her music.
During a 2014 Rolling Stone interview, the songstress revealed that her then unheard track “Bad Blood” wasn’t about an ex-boyfriend — as the press might assume — but instead about a fellow female pop star.
“For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not,” she said. “She would come up to me at awards shows and say something and walk away, and I would think ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?'”
Taylor told the magazine, “She basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me.”
Katy was quick to retaliate on Twitter.
Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing…
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) September 9, 2014
Two female superstars apparently weren’t enough for a proper catfight because the next year “Anaconda” singer Nicki Minaj joined the battle. She tweeted in frustration about not receiving a nomination for the MTV Video Music Awards Video of the Year category, and Taylor took it personally because she did receive a nomination.
Katy then tweeted what many fans considered a response aimed at Taylor.
Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman…
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 22, 2015
At this point, the tension between the stars was common knowledge, and in a way, old news. But, Calvin Harris drudged up the ongoing fight after his bad breakup with Taylor. Her team revealed that Taylor was actually the songwriter on his hit “This Is What You Came For” and Calvin wanted to set the record straight. The DJ sounded off in a Twitter thread explaining that Taylor originally wrote the song under a pen name as a way to preserve her anonymity and was trying to flip the script post-breakup.
He tweeted, “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.”
Not too subtle… the tweet has since been deleted, but by that time, the damage had already been done. Katy tweeted a response with a little help from the former Secretary of State.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 13, 2016
At this time, it had been four years since the first punch was thrown, but Katy was still in the ring. She surprised fans with a Nicki collaboration on the track “Swish Swish.” The lyrics in the song seemed to be a direct diss.
“One thing to note is: You can’t mistake kindness for weakness and don’t come for me,” she told Entertainment Weekly at the time. “Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. Anyone. And that’s not to any one persona and don’t quote me that it is, because it’s not. It’s not about that. Honestly, when women come together and they decide to unite, this world is going to be a better place. Period end of story.”
There’s no denying the fact that the singers have had bad blood over the years, but now there’s hope that the feud might actually be over after Katie’s sweet apology to Taylor. We wonder why Katy was the one who apologized first after she claimed Taylor was the one who started it. Whatever, we’re just glad they’re seemingly friends again!