Here we go again. On Friday, not only did Katy Perry's new album, Witness, drop, but it was also the same exact day that Taylor Swift released her entire catalog onto streaming services. Based on the timing, many, of course, assume this is part of their ongoing feud. This could all either be a total coincidence or absolutely intentional, but whatever the case, it's time to talk about how to end Katy Perry and Taylor Swift's rivalry once and for all. Seriously, this celebrity feud is tired.
The singers' feud appears to have started with a 2012 incident that involved backup dancers of all things, as Perry told James Corden in May. And now, Katy vs. Taylor has reached a point where it is not only ridiculous, it's just plain annoying. Based on many Twitter responses, a lot of people, like myself, are so over it. Isn't it time for everyone, including Perry and Swift, to move on and look to the future? Can't everyone just enjoy their music — or not — without having to think about whether or not they are getting along?
As soon as the news was announced that Swift's music would be available on streaming services, like Spotify, Tidal, Amazon, and Pandora, the same day Perry's released her new album many jumped to the conclusion that Swift did this on purpose. I get why people would suspect that, especially based on everything we know about their situation so far.
Swift spoke with Rolling Stone in September 2014 about her song "Bad Blood," which many believe is about Perry. She wouldn't name names about who the song is about, but 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?'"
Fast forward to June 2017, and while speaking to NME, Perry opened up about Swift and went as far to say that the former country singer has tried "to assassinate [her] character."
Their feud has reached a whole new level, and it's history that finally needs to be put to bed. If you're struggling with how to do that, here are a few steps to help you (and Swift and Perry, if they also need assistance) end this narrative.
Stop Talking About It
Yes, this also includes Perry, who has been extremely vocal recently regarding her side of things. If everyone just stopped talking about it altogether, then there wouldn't be any feud to discuss. The past needs to be left in the past.
Stop Connecting Everything They Do
Why does it seem that no matter what these two do, they somehow manage to end up part of the same conversation? You know, like with Perry releasing Witness and Swift making her music available for streaming on the same exact day. Is there a chance that Swift did do this on purpose? Yes, of course there is. However, these events could also be totally unrelated. Maybe people shouldn't read into Perry and Swift's actions, but rather just take them at face value.
See Them As Two Individuals
They are two separate human beings, who have different lives and release their own respective music. They are so constantly grouped together as one that I feel like sometimes people forget that they are individuals. For example, Perry appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in May, where she played the game "Would You Rather." Instead of this just being pure entertainment, some went as far as to bring up that some of the guys Perry chose were Swift's exes. Really? She can't even play a game without Swift's name being brought up?
Forget About The Theories
There have been many reports surrounding both Perry and Swift, and there have also been a lot of theories. For example, some people think their feud is fake. Regardless of what's going on here, reading into the theories and rumors only makes their rivalry stronger than it already is.
Enjoy Their Music For What It Is
I truly believe that if everyone would forget about the tension and just embrace Swift and Perry as musicians — or not — then this feud could finally go away for good.
As much as I hope I never have to hear about Perry and Swift quarrel, I have a feeling it is far from over.