The Katy Perry-Taylor Swift feud is alive and well. Perry addressed it in late May on James Corden's Carpool Karaoke (indeed, Vanity Fair says the topic was "the centerpiece" of the segment), thanks in part to the fact that she just released a song, "Swish, Swish," that is rumored to be about Swift. (Sample lyric: "Your game is tired / You should retire / You're 'bout cute as / An old coupon expired / And karma's not a liar / She keeps receipts.") During the segment, Perry confirmed the feud's origins do indeed have to do with backup dancers who have worked for both singers, and insists she tried to talk with Swift about it but Swift responded by writing a mean song about her. Now, in a new interview with NME, Perry further explains why she decided to address the feud with Corden in the first place.
"No one has asked me about my side of the story, and there are three sides of every story: one, two, and the truth," she says. She adds that, of course, she truly does want everyone to get along, "but, I mean, I’m not Buddha—things irritate me. I wish that I could turn the other cheek every single time, but I’m also not a pushover, you know? Especially when someone tries to assassinate my character with little girls. That’s so messed up!" Another interesting note on the feud: Swift, who pulled her music from streaming sites including Spotify in 2014, just put her entire catalog back on Spotify, Amazon, and Tidal on Thursday night—the same night Perry's new album, Witness, was released. Coincidence? TMZ thinks not, calling it possibly "the pettiest move—or just brilliant." Twitter went nuts over the move, with both Taylor fans and Katy fans weighing in, per Us.