Is this Kat throwing her hat in the ring? Katy Perry seemed to be responding to Calvin Harris and Taylor Swift’s ongoing drama with a few cryptic tweets of her own on Wednesday, July 13, suggesting that she might not be totally over her beef with Swift after all.
The “Roar” singer, 31, was explicitly named in Harris’ tweets earlier in the day, when the Scottish DJ took offense to people from Swift’s team trying to make him “look bad.”
“I figure if you’re happy in your new relationship you should focus on that instead of trying to tear your ex bf down for something to do,” the 32-year-old hitmaker tweeted shortly after it was confirmed that Swift, 26, had indeed written his summer hit, “This Is What You Came For.”
“I know you’re off tour and you need someone new to try and bury like Katy [Perry] ETC but I’m not that guy, sorry,” Harris continued. “I won’t allow it. Please focus on the positive aspects of YOUR life because you’ve earned a great one. God bless everyone have a beautiful day.”
Perry, who was initially silent following Harris’ Twitter rant, hopped online several hours later and posted two tweets that many fans have interpreted as shade thrown toward Swift.
The first involves a gif of Hillary Clinton — Perry campaigned for the Democratic presidential candidate during the primary season — making exasperated faces while at a podium and finally smiling and shrugging, tight-lipped. The second was a retweet of Perry’s own account, from May 9, 2015.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) July 13, 2016
Time, the ultimate truth teller.
— KATY PERRY (@katyperry) May 9, 2015
“Time, the ultimate truth teller,” the original tweet read. Perry first tweeted the sentiment around the time when Swift called out an unnamed mean girl who had betrayed her during her cover interview with Rolling Stone; the girl may or may not have been the inspiration for her 1989 hit “Bad Blood.”
“For years, I was never sure if we were friends or not,” Swift told Rolling Stone in the September 2014 interview. “She would come up to me at awards and say something and walk away, and I would think, ‘Are we friends, or did she just give me the harshest insult of my life?’”
The superstar added at the time that the conflict that officially ended their friendship was “so horrible … she basically tried to sabotage an entire arena tour. She tried to hire a bunch of people out from under me. And I’m surprisingly non-confrontational — you would not believe how much I hate conflict. So now I have to avoid her. It’s awkward, and I don’t like it.”
Fans speculated that the female artist in question was Perry, and an apparent feud between the two former friends escalated into silence.
The “Wildest Dreams” singer later clarified in an interview with GQ that the song was not just about one person.
“You’re in a Rolling Stone interview, and the writer says, ‘Who is that song about? That sounds like a really intense moment from your life,’” she recounted. “And you sit there, and you know you’re on good terms with your ex-boyfriend, and you don’t want him — or his family — to think you’re firing shots at him. So you say, ‘That was about losing a friend.’ And that’s basically all you say.”
Swift has yet to publicly address Harris’ accusations.
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