The 32-year-old singer opened up about her feud with Swift during a candid interview on The Thrive Global Podcast during Perry’s weekend-long livestream on Saturday, declaring that she’s ready to forgive the “Blank Space” singer.
“I am ready to let it go,” Perry told Thrive CEO Arianna Huffington. “I forgive her and I’m sorry for anything I ever did, and I hope the same from her … I love her, and I want the best for her. And I think she’s a fantastic songwriter.”
Perry added that she believes she and Swift could put their differences aside and be “representatives of strong women.”
“Maybe I don’t agree with everything she does and she doesn’t agree with everything I do, but I just really, truly want to come together in a place of love and forgiveness and understanding and compassion,” the singer said.
Over the years, the tension between the two stars left fans with many questions. However, Perry told her side of the story during a recent appearance on Carpool Karaoke, revealing to Late Late Show host James Corden that the feud started over dancers.
“There were three backing dancers,” Perry recalled. “I tried to talk to her about it and she wouldn’t speak to me.”
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There was speculation that Swift’s 2014 track “Bad Blood” was about Perry, and the 27-year-old told Rolling Stone when the song came out that the hit was about another female artist who tried to “sabotage an entire arena tour.” Swift has never publicly revealed who the alleged artist is.
Swift has long kept mum about the rift, but this isn’t the first time Perry has expressed her desire to end the squabble.
Along with telling Corden that she’s “ready for the BS to be done,” Perry said on Sirius XM’s Morning Mash Up in May that she would “absolutely” answer a phone call from Swift.
“I am ready because I think when women unite, the world is going to heal,” she said.