I don’t want to say I live for celebrity feuds, but I friggin’ live for celebrity feuds. I mean, there’s nothing better than two rich, beautiful, successful people throwing veiled insults at each other through tweets or comments during interviews.
The most current celebrity feud involves Taylor Swift, because almost every single celebrity feud involves Taylor Swift. I’m sure Taylor Swift is a nice girl and all, but she’s constantly in a scuffle with someone. On second thought, I’m not so sure Taylor is actually a nice girl, considering the fact that she’s built a career around writing tell-all songs about her ex-boyfriends, which include John Mayer, Joe Jonas, and Harry Styles. She’s also feuded with Kim Kardashian, Kanye West, Nicki Minaj, and Demi Lovato. But, you can’t blame her. Girlfriend needs material for her songs, y’all. The Taylor feud we’re talking about this week is her showdown with Katy Perry, a showdown that is taking place in a very public arena, as the ladies keep releasing songs about one another. I mean, POP THE POPCORN, right? This is the sh*t I live for.
How exactly did Taylor Swift and Katy Perry come to be enemies? I’ll cover all of that below in the complete timeline of Taylor Swift and Katy Perry’s feud to end all feuds.
15. 2008 – 2010: The Friendship Begins
This feud began the way all the best feuds begin: with two women who were very close friends. Quite frankly, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift’s relationship was always a powder keg of sorts, because they were not only close friends, but they were close friends working in the same industry. It’s hard not to get competitive. But, for a long time, the ladies were not competitive.
The first photograph of Katy Perry and Taylor Swift (along with Miley Cyrus) was taken at the 2008 MTV Music Awards. The photo is actually a sweet reminder of the gentler time in the music industry, when Taylor had curly hair and Miley hadn’t yet twerked. In 2009, their love was also confirmed via Taylor’s tweet reading, “Watching the Waking up in Vegas video. I love Katy Perry. I think I’m going to hang her poster on my wall now.”
Suck up, much? Katy Perry was flattered though, and responded with, “@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~”
With a few tweets, the friendship was formed. The above photo of Taylor and Katy simply loving each other is from the 2010 Grammy Awards. Basically, 2008 through 2010 was a nice time in the Katy and Taylor saga.
14. 2010: Taylor Swift Dates John Mayer
As far back as 2010, Taylor was already working on her reputation of being the music industry’s most bitter ex-girlfriend. Actually, she began working on the reputation as far back as 2008, when she dated Joe Jonas, broke up with him, wrote a song about it, and revealed the details of the breakup on Ellen.
In 2010, Taylor then dated John Mayer, because everyone in Hollywood dates John Mayer. At just 19 years old, Taylor dating John Mayer was like her announcing she was a woman. It was her first grown up boyfriend, which she followed up with a relationship with Jake Gylenhaal.
While Taylor’s relationship with Mayer is just a drop in the bucket, we all also know that Taylor loves HARD. This little John Mayer blimp on the radar screen will come back to haunt us all… just as dating John Mayer seems to always do.
13. 2011: Still BFF
The gal pals remained close through this whole time. It seemed that neither them nor all of us innocent fans knew what was to come.
In April 2010, Katy even hopped on stage with Taylor and the pair sang “Hot N Cold.” Following this, Taylor tweeted, “Surprise guest at Staples Center: @katyperry!! We sang Hot N Cold and jumped up and down a lot. Katy! LA! I will always love you!”
Oh, Taylor. You won’t always love her. But, that’s okay. You didn’t know better back then.
The above photo is from the 2011 American Music Awards, at which Taylor beat Katy for the Artist of the Year Award. While this may have sparked some competition in their friendship, by the looks of the women, Katy seemed genuinely happy for Taylor. Little did they know that sh*t was about to hit the fan.
12. 2012: Katy Perry Dates John Mayer
HERE. WE. GO. Following her marriage to Russell Brand, Katy Perry rebounded with John Mayer. For the record, ladies, John Mayer is not worth starting a girl war over. But, it’s never been confirmed that John Mayer is the source of their animosity. In fact, the rumored source of their catfight is a whole other factor, which we’ll discuss in the next slide. Anyway, even though Taylor and Katy have denied this feud is over a guy, the fact that they both dated John Mayer, along with the fact that we all know Taylor is a bitter, bitter ex, makes us think that John Mayer has to play into their hate just a little bit.
In an odd change of pace, John Mayer recently admitted that he wrote the song “Still Feel Like Your Man” about Katy Perry. Is Taylor’s head just exploding somewhere? Taylor has made a career of writing breakup songs and one of her exes is penning love ballads about Katy Perry. Oh, the irony.
11. 2012: The Dancer Drama
Supposedly, this epic feud started because of dancer drama and NOT John Mayer. So, let’s talk about the dancer drama.
In 2012, three of Katy Perry’s backup dancers received spots on Taylor’s world tour to promote Red. While on Taylor’s tour, Katy Perry reached out to those three dancers to see if they were interested in her 2013 world tour for Prism, but that would mean that they would have to leave Taylor’s world tour before its completion. The three dancers agreed to skip out on the end of Taylor’s tour in order to join Katy Perry’s tour.
10. 2013: Prism Comes Out
In 2013, Katy released Prism and went on her world tour to promote the album. Prism was a success, which probably just add fuel to the flames. If Taylor and Katy are not on good terms, the only thing that could pissed Taylor off more would be to see Katy crushin’ it in their shared profession, right?
What did the three dancers at the heart of this drama have to say about it? In an interview, one of the dancers, Lockhart Brownlie, explained, “Obviously we were with Katy for two and a half years, she’s like family to us. So we were, like, ‘Absolutely’. We weren’t really dancing in Taylor’s tour anyway, so I had got a little bored and I really wanted to do a promo tour.”
To say he got a little bit BORED on Taylor’s tour seems like a burn, no? Brownlie went on to say, “Taylor is very untouchable. When we did see her, we had so much fun with her, but she’s a lot more protected than Katy.”
Clearly, the dancers are Team Katy.
9. 2014: 1989 Comes Out
If Katy Perry puts out a hit album, clearly Taylor Swift needs to put out a hit album. Taylor did just that with 1989. Actually, to say 1989 was a hit is an understatement. 1989 was a MEGA, MEGA hit. It was the best-selling album of 2014. It also received critical acclaim, with publications such as Time and Rolling Stone ranking it as one of the best albums of the year. Taylor also went on to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. So, yeah. 1989 ruled all of 2014.
8. 2014: DRAMA
Taylor’s “Bad Blood” could have been about a number of people. “Bad Blood” could have been about Demi Lovato, with whom she’s had a publicly strained relationship after Selena Gomez started hanging out with Taylor more than Demi. The song could have been about Kanye West, who famously stole the mic when she won Video of the Year at the MTV VMAs. By the way, that has to be one of the most epic things to ever happen, right? What a time to be alive, guys!
Instead of letting people speculate about who “Bad Blood” was about, Taylor made it pretty clear. In an interview with Rolling Stone, Taylor said, “For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not. 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?'”
She didn’t stop there. Taylor went on to say, “She did something so horrible. I was like, ‘Oh, we’re just straight-up enemies’. 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.”
I have to call bullsh*t here. Taylor Swift did not become THAT successful by the age of 27 if she’s “surprisingly non-confrontational.” No way. She’s a confrontation queen and a girl boss. Like all other girl bosses, Taylor understands branding and marketing. She’s just marketing herself as non-confrontational. She’s playing the victim, because that’s her brand. I mean, good business move but Taylor is ruthless and confrontational. Let us never forget that.
7. 2014 – 2015: The Gathering Of The Squad
The day after the Rolling Stone interview was released, Katy Perry tweeted, “Watch out for the Regina George in sheep’s clothing…” That has to be about Taylor, right? RIGHT?!
Just in case you’ve forgotten, Regina George was Rachel McAdams’ character in Mean Girls, who was the ringleaders of the mean girls, The Plastics.
Speaking of ringleaders… Taylor Swift suddenly had a squad. It seemed that Taylor’s group of friends extended to everyone in Hollywood, and I really do mean everyone. There’s obviously Taylor’s long-time BFF Selena Gomez. There’s also Karlie Kloss, a model with whom Taylor has been friends with for forever. Gigi Hadid, Blake Lively, and Ruby Rose are all in the group as well. Basically, if you’re young, hot and rich, you are in. But, the group extends to some odd entries, like Lena Dunham. Sure, they’re both writers, so Lena Dunham and Taylor probably have things in common, but their friendship seems like one of the less likely ones. The most random addition may be Mariska Hargitay, of Law and Order fame. How that friendship came to be is beyond me.
While I’m totally down with female friendships, Taylor’s squad more seems like armor. By publicly becoming friends with some many people in Hollywood, Taylor is making herself untouchable. It should come as no surprise that Taylor then cast nearly her WHOLE squad appeared in the “Bad Blood” music video. The message of this is loud and clear: Taylor’s friends with all of these people so bye, Katy.
6. 2015: Nicki Minaj Is Here
How do you make a feud even better? Throw in more people!
Nicki Minaj was not too excited about the 2015 MTV VMA nominations. She had been outspoken about her disappointment that “Anaconda” failed to receive a Video of the Year or Best Choreography nomination. Minaj even tweeted, “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.”
While she didn’t directly say anything, Taylor assumed this was about her “Bad Blood” music video… because “Bad Blood” features all slim, mostly white women. Taylor – who previously said how “non-confrontational” she is in that famed Rolling Stone interview – tweeted, “@NICKIMINAJ I’ve done nothing but love & support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot..”
The pair went back and forth with veiled and passive aggressive tweets. In the middle of this, Katy Perry took this moment to tweet, “Finding it ironic to parade the pit women against other women argument about as one unmeasurably capitalizes on the take down of a woman…”
5. 2016: Are They Cool?
It seemed like all had calmed down for a short while. “Bad Blood” won the VMA for Video of the Year and everyone had gone their separate ways.
All was well in Hollywood because it seemed that the storm between Katy Perry and Taylor Swift had calmed. There were even small moments that seemed like peace treaties of sorts. Katy Perry placed Taylor Swift on the A-list guestlist for a private Grammy Awards party called An Evening to Celebrate the Creators. It was a Spotify event that both women attended, though there is no indication that they spoke to one another.
There was also the Met Gala, which is like the high school prom for fashion’s elite. Both Katy Perry and Taylor Swift were in attendance. Taylor was actually the co-chair that year, which is important. That means that if Taylor really wanted to, she could have blackballed Katy, but she didn’t. Were these invites the waving of the white flag?
4. 2016: Calvin Harris Gets In On It
Since Taylor Swift must seemingly always be feuding with someone, she broke up with Calvin Harris to move onto Tom Hiddleston very, very quickly. Cut to a huge and very public Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift fight. The feud centered on the fact that Taylor’s team announced that she was the co-writer on “This is What You Came For.” Calvin’s issue was not with the fact that Taylor took credit for her work, but the manner with which she did it, as it painted him as the bad guy. In a now-deleted tweet, Calvin Harris even said, “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.”
3. 2016: Kim K Has The Receipts, Guys!
Honestly, the Kim Kardashian/Taylor Swift feud almost made us forget about the Katy Perry feud, because Tay Tay facing off with Kim K is PURE GOLD.
Kim Kardashian and Taylor Swift were always on fine terms publicly. They had been spotted many times exchanging pleasantries. There are quite a few photos of them online. It even seemed that all was well between Taylor and Kim K’s hubby, Kanye West, who had sent Taylor flowers that she then posted to Instagram. Then, Kanye’s “Famous” came out, which had lyrics stating, “For all my Southside n****s that know me best/I feel like me and Taylor might still have sex/Why? I made that bitch famous/Goddamn/I made that bitch famous.”
After the Internet reacted to those lyrics, Kanye cleared things up, saying both Taylor and Kim approved of the scandalous lyrics. Taylor denied approving the lyrics and even said she cautioned him against releasing a song with such a misogynistic message. At the 2016 Grammy Aways, Taylor won Album of the Year and took the moment to make a not-so-veiled dig at Kanye by stating, “[A]s the first woman to win Album of the Year at the Grammys twice, I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame.”
In June 2016’s GQ, Kim K was interviewed and dished about Taylor, saying how unfair it is that she gave Kanye permission and is now lying about it. Then, Kim K used her biggest weapon of all: social media. She took to Snapchat and posted videos of the phone conversation between Kanye West and Taylor Swift, during which Taylor very much gives Kanye West permission to use those lyrics. Taylor even says, “It’s like a compliment.”
At this point, the entire world was on fire. Well, not really, but #KimExposedTaylorParty was tending and everyone had something to say about it. Kim K kept the receipts, y’all.
2. 2017: Swish Swish
After the whole Kim Kardashian bomb, Taylor Swift disappeared. Like, she went into some serious hiding. But, who can blame her? Taylor had, at this point, very much made a career out of playing the victim. With her victim façade shattered by Kim Kardashian’s huge reveal, Taylor needed to regroup. While she’s started posting to social media again, Taylor is still very much staying out of the spotlight right now. She’d reportedly working on a new album, which one can only assume will be all about Kim K and Kanye. OH, I CANNOT WAIT.
Katy Perry, however, is not in hiding. In fact, she’s busy adding to the feud with her latest single, “Swish Swish,” which features none other than Nicki Minaj. Are all of Taylor’s send offs going to band together to take her down? If so, that would be amazing. I would LIVE for that drama. But, back to “Swish Swish,” which features such lines as:
“You’re about as cute as an old coupon, expired.” (BURN.)
“Funny my name keep coming out your mouth, ’cause I stay winnin’.”
“Karma’s not a liar, she keeps receipts.”
1. 2017: Ruby Rose Is Not Here For That
Because Taylor brilliantly assembled a very public army of besties who will defend her until the day she dies, Ruby Rose was the first to speak out against Katy Perry’s “Swish Swish.” Though, fans on Twitter were quick to point out to Ruby Rose that Taylor also pens songs that take down other women. Ah, Taylor, you’ve made it really hard for your besties to speak out against girl vs. girl takedown songs.
Where do Taylor Swift and Katy Perry go from here? It’s likely that Taylor’s next album will throw shade back at Katy Perry. And then, Katy Perry will do the same with her next album, and so on and so forth until one of them dies. The likelihood of this feud coming to an end any time soon is slim, and that’s because the feud is that it’s actually great publicity for the both of them. With people speculating if their songs are about each other, their music gains easy popularity. It creates automatic notoriety for them. It’s also a way to stay in the tabloids without dating someone new, going through a breakup, getting pregnant or going through a breakdown. Actually, Katy Perry and Taylor Swift’s feud may be the greatest thing to have happened to both their careers. So, keep on fighting, ladies. We’ll all be here for whatever happens next.