You've listened to the track on loop and feasted your eyes on the teaser video. But things are about to get even more volcanic, with Taylor Swift premiering her "Look What You Made Me Do" video at the VMAs — and given the fact that the 27-year-old's long-time adversary Katy Perry is hosting the event, things could get tense fast.
While once upon a time, Swift and Perry were at least Twitter-friendly, their relationship became strained after three of Perry’s long-term world tour dancers joined Swift’s tour to promote her album Red but left early to support the then-brunette on her world tour for the album Prism. Over the years, the feud has intensified between the two pop queens after Swift pretty much seemed to confirm that “Bad Blood” was about Perry, telling Rolling Stone it was about another female artist who “basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour” by trying “to hire a bunch of people out from under me.” Despite it being many years since any of this stuff took place, the fight may have reached a new level of intensity in 2017, with Swift making her music available on Spotify the same day that Perry's new album dropped.
Initially, this didn't seem to bother Perry though, who told Arianna Huffington on The Thrive Global Podcast a day later that she was ready to let it go. She stated "I forgive her and I’m sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her. 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."
However, Perry appeared to reciprocate the favor, releasing her video for what is reputedly a diss track about Swift, "Swish Swish," on Thursday, August 24, the same day that the "Blank Space" singer was set to release her first single from her new album. So from all recent evidence, this feud may still be very much alive.
If you're not digging this feud, then there is one hopeful possibility — that all this recent drama has been concocted on purpose, because the two biggest names in pop are planning to make up very publicly by performing a duet together. However, Garrett English, a VMAs producer told Entertainment Tonight that he's "certainly seen all the rumours flying around, but that’s not happening." And if he's telling the truth, then given the years of beef that have gone on, it's going to be pretty uncomfortable watching the two stars share that VMAs stage. So make sure you have a remote at hand in case you need to switch channels in a pinch. This could be painful.