Speaking to NME, Perry addressed her long-simmering feud with Swift. “I’m not Buddha – things irritate me,” she said. “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!”
(Perhaps it’s just a coincidence that Swift ended her long embargo against streaming services the moment Perry’s Witness hit digital shelves.)
Ironically, the song at the center of the Swift/Perry beef – 1989‘s “Bad Blood” – was created alongside superproducer Max Martin, who has worked with Perry from “I Kissed a Girl” through “Bon Appetit.” Despite harboring a grudge against Swift over the track, Perry has no hard feelings toward Martin.