Pop star Katy Perry, who confirmed to talk-show host James Corden last month that the rumored feud between herself and fellow pop star Taylor Swift was true, now says she is ready to put it behind her and has apologized for her part in it.
“I am ready to let it go,” the singer, 32, said on Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global Podcast on Saturday, as part of Perry’s “Witness World Wide” livestream promoting her newly released album, “Witness.”
“I forgive her and I’m sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her,” Perry continued. “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? And I love her, and I want the best for her. And I think she’s a fantastic songwriter, and I think that, you know, if we, both her and I, can be representatives of strong women that come together despite their differences, I think the whole world is going to go, like, ‘Yeah, well we can do this.’ ”
Perry went on to muse that, “I don’t know. Like, maybe I don’t agree with everything she does and she doesn’t agree with everything I do, but,” the singer added optimistically, “I just really truly want to come together in a place of love and forgiveness and understanding and compassion.”
She then broke out in a rendition of “Let It Go,” the Academy Award-winning Original Song from Disney’s 2013 hit “Frozen.”
“There’s a lot of other things out there in the world that people need to be focused on, and I truly, like, God bless her on her journey,” Perry concluded. “God bless her. Honestly.”
Swift has not responded on social media, but at midnight Thursday, she made her entire back catalog available on the streaming service Spotify — from which she had removed it in 2014 — as well as on Tidal and on Amazon Music. Many fans commenting on social media noted that the music’s return coincided with the Friday-midnight drop of Perry’s “Witness.”
In 2014, Swift told Rolling Stone that her song “Bad Blood” was about an unnamed singer at the same arena-concert level of stardom. Perry explained to Corden that the feud’s core involved a trio of dancers on Swift’s 2013-14 Red World Tour who had previously performed for Perry, and who left Swift mid-tour to join Perry’s Prismatic tour.