Katy Perry gave an interview with the British music publication NME, giving her most public in-depth discussion on a feud with fellow pop megastar Taylor Swift, along with other details about this stage of her career. In the interview, she said that she is by nature an irritable person, and implies that Swift has made an attempt to “assassinate my character with little girls. That’s so messed up!”
There were already rumors as far back as 2013 concerning a growing feud between Swift and Perry after Perry’s camp poached three dancers from Swift’s tour. However, it didn’t really pick up until Swift’s 2014 release of the song “Bad Blood”, which Swift said was about a fellow pop star who she said did something “horrible” that made them “straight up enemies”. Swift specifically pointed out that the subject of the song “tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me”. In this interview, Perry was asked about the involvement of Max Martin, who produced both “Bad Blood” and many of Perry’s works, and said that she doesn’t hold a grudge against him for his involvement with the song, claiming that Martin didn’t know who the subject of the song was at the time. More recently, Taylor Swift just lifted the embargo on her music appearing on digital streaming services last week, which seemed to be timed with the release of Perry’s newest album, Witness.
In the NME interview, Perry was also asked about her increased involvement in politics during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. She said that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton “woke the sleeping giant and there’s something bigger than her, than me, than any one person that is happening right now.” Perry says Witness is influenced by her newfound connection with the current political landscape.